Artificial Intelligence and Data

Work with us to harness transformational technologies to build and maintain a competitive edge in business with our exceptional talent, skills and expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Data. 

Our focus on AI and Data at University of Birmingham is two-fold, covering education to bridge sector skills gaps with Degree Apprenticeships and MSc programmes, alongside well established research communities promoting new ways of working and new insights into data and AI.

We know the tech world changes rapidly. We are collaborating with industry sectors such as IT and computer science, engineering and professional services by developing innovative courses whilst also promoting the latest insights from research directly to business. 

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Our world leading research spans smart and responsible use of AI, data science in business decision making and digitalisation of the healthcare industry. Researchers at University of Birmingham and experts from industry are working on various projects for the UKRI AI for Services network initiatives.    

We are a partner in The Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national institute for data science and artificial intelligence. 

University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood

“We are delighted and excited to be joining The Alan Turing Institute and contributing our data science expertise. We look forward to working with other leading universities to ensure the UK continues to make a significant contribution towards advancing the world-changing potential of data science.”

LegalTech and Responsible AI

At the University of Birmingham, we are developing the next generation of 21st-century lawyers, who understand both the fundamentals of data science and the core legal, ethical and regulatory implications in real-world settings. Professor Lisa Webley is working with Jersey Finance on the uptake and application of AI and legal sector technologies amongst Jersey's legal services industry.

Read about our industry collaboration with Jersey Finance.

Healthcare and Data

We are working with regional partners to tackle vital challenges for healthcare that can only be addressed using the unique opportunities emerging from a digital NHS and a better connected MedTech driven sector. 

Discover more about our Heath Data research.

Education and skills

We deliver Degree Apprenticeships in Computer Science with PwC and have developed a Responsible Data Science MSc in conjunction with Accenture.  

MSc in Responsible Data Science

Degree Apprenticeship with PwC - Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership


Professor Jeremy Wyatt at The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory, University of Birmingham

AI and Intelligent Robotics Laboratory 

The Intelligent Robotics Laboratory and Professor Jeremy Wyatt develop algorithms that enable robots to work in uncertain and unfamiliar environments. With a focus on autonomous robot planning, architectures for robot intelligence, robots that learn, robot manipulation, machine vision, and general machine learning, they aim to provide a robot with explicit representations of what it does and doesn’t know, and of how its knowledge changes under the actions it can perform. This ability will allow robots to plan in challenging environments where little data is initially available. 

Find out more about the Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Robotics Group (AIIR) 

Case Study: Industrial secondments in mathematical and data science skills

The Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) wants to transform lives through quantitative biomedical and interdisciplinary research, contributing to measurable advances in healthcare and medicine and ultimately, impacting patient lives. SMQB offers research-driven secondments for between 6-9 months to upskill your workforce in techniques covering data science and the management and analysis of large datasets, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Learn more about the Centre and how you can work with us.


Case Study: Collaborating with Accenture on the Responsible Data Science MSc

By joining forces University of Birmingham and Accenture are addressing the gaps in data science and ‘responsible innovation’ skills in an inclusive way.

Professional services firms are looking to create a more diverse workforce, and are also finding ways to bridge skills gaps, such as the skills shortage at the intersection of AI and data technologies and their corresponding legal, social and governance implications. The University of Birmingham and Accenture, with other industry partners, have developed a Masters level qualification in Responsible Data Science, with inclusive recruitment criteria, in response to these needs.  

Led by Professor Karen Yeung the programme is supported via the Government’s Office for Students Postgraduate Conversion Course Funding project and will create pathways leading to new and yet‐to‐be‐created roles that grapple with nascent technologies and novel data‐driven applications, while enhancing existing routes into the legal sector. 


Clare Ranson, Director of Employment Law, Accenture: “Today’s talent shortages will only become more pronounced, as rapid digital innovation continues to change the demand for future skills. We are delighted to work with the University of Birmingham, and other partners, to address this growing gap in data science and the law, not only anticipating what skills will be required but also ensuring inclusive learning provision, to create a dynamic, diverse workforce for the future.


Facilities available

State-of-the-art, multi-million-pound facilities include dedicated laboratories for Computer Science students, a teaching laboratory for Robotics, and research laboratories for Security, Medical Imaging Intelligent Robotics and Computer Vision. 

Robotics laboratory

Intelligent Robotics Lab

Health Data Research UK

PIONEER - Data Hub for Acute Care