UWS lands ‘OSCAR of Higher Education’ for life-saving project

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University of the West of Scotland has won a prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Award for a pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) drone collaboration.

The technology developed as part of the collaboration has the potential to save lives by identifying missing people. The system uses advanced cameras and neural computer networks to spot someone it’s searching for, and can identify specific individuals who appear as a ‘speck’ in the distance. The technology, which is the first-of-its-kind used by police forces in the UK, is a form of machine learning providing real-time image analysis for identifying humans.

The project team – a partnership between UWS; multinational firm, Thales, and Scottish sensors and imaging innovation centre, CENSIS – scooped the prize in the highly-competitive ‘knowledge exchange / transfer initiative of the year’ category.

The judges applauded the team for building on successive projects to demonstrate life-saving applications – and commended the “growing stature of the academic team and their work to create AI-based business solutions”.

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