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 : Unravelling challenges for AI in healthcare

20th January 2021

15:00 - 17:00

Online Webinar 

Following a Keynote speech, an audience of Clinicians, AI technologists, policy makers, academics and businesses from the life sciences sector will break into groups to discuss the following topics:

• Driving efficiency in healthcare - how AI could help us do more with less

• Research & Development: patient data algorithms and clinical trials

• Data governance and legislation

• Access to AI for NHS trusts - developing commercial pathways

The discussions will identify the opportunities and challenges in these areas and will enable the development of new relationships and collaborations around practical solutions. We will support the output from these discussions by hosting a follow up event in June where we will outline various grant funding opportunities for AI in healthcare.

When registering your place, please select the ticket type for the breakout room that you would like to join.


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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 













Funding competition: Robotics for a more resilient future R&D strand

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million in grant funding for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

  • Competition opens: Monday 12 October 2020
  • Competition closes: Friday 20 November 2020 11:00am

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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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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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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. 

Read more here

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...

Unravelling challenges for AI in healthcare

20th January 2021

15:00 - 17:00

Bringing together healthcare professionals with those developing AI technologies to identify solutions to key challenges.

Online Webinar 

Find out more and register here. 

How to make data science more racially inclusive 

10th February 2021 


We hope that attendees at this event will leave with a fresh insight into this all-important subject and realise that it is ok to make a mistake if we acknowledge, learn from it and move on. The important thing is to be having these conversations and trying to improve the situation.

Online Webinar 

Find out more and register here. 


KTN Funding Opportunities

The KTN are offering frequently updated news regarding business funding in the UK. This includes collaborative funding, knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP), SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative), grant funding, competitions, and innovation loans. 

Find more about the KTN's current funding opportunities here.