A hub for the AI, Machine Learning and Big Data Community in the Thames Valley


The TV AI Hub has been created to pull together the incredible community of academics, researchers, technologists, clinicians and business strategists here in the Thames Valley so everyone can learn, network, collaborate, share knowledge, explore and develop business opportunities and partnerships.

Starting in December last year, we are hosting a series of events, each featuring a highly influential speaker and members of our community will be able to register and attend these free of charge. 

So, if you work in AI, Machine Learning or Big data  – or know others that do – please pass the word around. Our aim is to get this area internationally recognised for the talent, skills and expertise that has given rise to its reputation as the 'UK's Silicon Valley'. And of course to attract more brilliant people and companies to the beautiful, well connected area that is the Thames Valley.   

Next Event: Funding Options for AI Healthcare Projects

Bayer LifeHub UK and TVAI Hub are delivering the third in a series of cobranded events around AI in healthcare. Join us on June 16th  to hear from Oxford Academic Health Science Network, AAC (Accelerated Access Collaboration), NHS England and Improvement and NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) for an overview of the current funding landscape for AI healthcare projects. 

For more information and to register your place go here.

Date: June 16th 2021

Time: 16:30-18:00 BST

Location: Online Webinar













Find out more about the pioneering work being done in AI by companies already here in the Thames Valley...

We would like this AI Hub to showcase work being done in AI and its related fields by those actually doing it. Oracle and the University of Reading have kicked this off, so please get in touch if you would like to contribute. We are keen to show the breadth and depth of what is being done across all sectors, from startups to corporates and everything in between. Please get in touch 












How to make AI work for your business

The news about artificial intelligence is mostly dominated by sensational stories such as the ominous threat of deepfakes, deep learning algorithms that create fake blogs, AI bots that create their own language, and generative adversarial networks that create realistic portraits of non-existent people.

But the practical use of AI algorithms is much farther behind than the hype caused by the media. From peer-reviewed breakthrough research presented at mainstream AI conferences to PR-style videos created by large tech companies and well-funded research labs, only a trickle of the innovation we see in the field makes it into real business processes and applications.

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UK releases guidelines to help governments accelerate ‘trusted’ AI deployments

The UK has released new guidelines during the World Economic Forum (WEF) to help governments accelerate the deployment of trusted AI solutions.

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Sensory Dimensions

Sensory Dimensions is a Sensory and Consumer research agency based in Reading operating in the UK and Internationally who expressed an initial interest in adopting new technology back in January and was looking at ways that AI could replace aspects of what they do currently to deliver a better result for their clients.  Since then, Sensory Dimensions have implemented AI and share their journey here.  

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Using AI to predict climate prediction

Numerical models of the climate are made of many mathematical equations that describe our knowledge of the physical laws governing the atmosphere, the ocean, the sea-ice etc. These equations are solved using computers that “see” the Earth system at discrete points only, for instance at the vortexes of a grid where the physical quantities are defined. The density of the grid defines the model resolution: the denser the grid the higher the resolution and, in principle, the better the match between the simulated and the real climate.

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Reading collaboration wins prestigious award.

High Wycombe-based AI utility and energy management service company Optimal Monitoring win the Retail Energy Forum Commission Award with their pioneering EMMA AI solution. 

After working with the Knowledge Transfer Centre at the University of Reading to develop the software, EMMA AI was one of three Wright Commission Award finalists as nominated by the Retail Energy Forum (REF) for outstanding innovation in the energy management space. 

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Why the Thames Valley is known as 'UK's Silicon Valley'.

Thames Valley Berkshire is a thriving ecosystem of iconic global tech leaders, innovative start-ups, SMEs and scale-ups with a world class University at its heart.

Globally recognised as a tech hub, it's been attracting multinational giants like Microsoft, Oracle and Cisco for 30+ years and built a density of tech companies covering AI and Data, ECommerce, Cyber, Digital, Gaming, Internet of Things, MedTech and FinTech. 

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What's Going On...

R.U.Hacking? 2021 online hackathon!

26th -27th June 2021

R. U. Hacking? (Reading University Hacking) proudly present our third annual 24-hour Student Hackathon at the University of Reading, welcoming students from all over the UK and EU!

If you'd like to find out more about the event, get in touch with us at readingunihack@gmail.com!


applied ai

Applied AI is Tech Nation’s first growth programme for Artificial Intelligence to help the UK’s most promising founders who are applying AI in practical areas and creating real-world impact. The programme is based on peer-to-peer support and the shared experience of later-stage founders, all curated under the values of honesty, intimacy and trust.

Now in its third year, Applied AI is looking for yet another cohort to support. It’s free to join and we don’t take an equity stake in your business.

Applications close at 4 pm on 30 June 2021.

Apply here.

Women in Innovation Awards 2021/22

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation 2021/22 competition, that aims to get more women with excellent ideas innovating within UK businesses, will open this Summer. 

On the 17th of August, the KTN will be hosting a briefing event that will focus on providing information about the awards, eligibility criteria, the application process, and timeline.  

Subscribe here to the Women In Innovation newsletter for competition updates.