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Computer Science researcher secures Royal Society fellowship Grant

The Royal Society has announced a fellowship grants, aimed at strengthening links between academia and industry, to Dr Nathan Griffiths from the University of Warwick’s Department of Computer Science.

The grants are awarded to academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

The latest awardees’ project topics range from technologies for high efficiency solar cells and cars which use artificial intelligence to interact with their drivers.

Dr Griffiths will be joining Jaguar Land Rover for a four year Royal Society Industry Fellowship. His research will use machine-learning to model drivers and passengers from data sources including smartphones, infrastructure and vehicles themselves. The research aims to improve the driving experience and increase safety and efficiency, by minimising driver distractions, personalising the driving experience, and developing strategies to influence driver behaviour.

Commenting on the fellowship, Dr Griffiths said:

"I am very excited to work with Jaguar Land Rover Research at the cutting edge of intelligent vehicle research. As vehicles become increasingly autonomous, using machine intelligence to understand and engage with drivers and passengers will be crucial. I look forward to collaborating with Jaguar Land Rover to develop novel intelligent techniques to improve the driving experience.”

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme provides each scientist’s basic salary for the duration of their secondment, which lasts for up to two years full-time or four years part-time.

The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme is funded by the Royal Society, EPSRC and Rolls Royce.

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1. The Royal Society Industry Fellowship scheme is funded by the Royal Society, EPSRC and Rolls Royce.

2. The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine. The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society’s strategic priorities are:

  • Promoting science and its benefits
  • Recognising excellence in science
  • Supporting outstanding science
  • Providing scientific advice for policy
  • Fostering international and global cooperation
  • Education and public engagement


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