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Innovation.AI Edinburgh startup Data Innovation.AI is investing further in the development of its WorkSafeAI solution – a tool designed to ensure that the £130bn of new commercial property built in the UK every year is pre-assessed for pandemic safety. Funding was granted to the firm through Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund, after it enlisted the support of The Data Lab’s External Funding Service to help with its application. Innovate UK executive chair Dr Ian Campbell said: “Data Innovation.AI’s work, along with every initiative Innovate UK has supported through this fund, is an important step forward in driving sustainable economic development.” The WorkSafeAI tool


Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab


ways of working. We are carrying this legacy on, with the enrol- ment period for our 2021 student intake now open. Trough the launch of our SME Data Intern- ship Grant, we hope to encourage and increase the number of SMEs participating in the placement programme by providing grants to support the cost of recruiting a student. To date we have received around 90 project submissions from organisations that will cre- ate valuable work experience op- portunities for up to 120 students in our current cohort. Similarly, Data Skills for Work


Credits, which have now been rolled out throughout Scotland, will provide grants of up to £5,000 for SMEs to provide staff with the tools, skills and confi- dence to work efficiently with


data, and we established an im- portant collaboration with Equate and CodeClan to deliver Women in Data Science Training. We’ve already welcomed more than 40 women to sessions and are look- ing forward to delivering further training in the weeks to come.


This month, we announced the launch of DataFest21, which will take place as a hybrid, year- long festival. Designed to foster conversation and innovation, our free launch event brought together speakers Leyla Acaroglu and Sir David Spiegelhalter, and with hundreds joining our virtual audience it’s great to see the com- munity is as engaged as ever. Tis year’s theme, “#OurData”,


will bring together a variety of different, thought-provoking


talks, talent, and tech to explore important topics relating to our future, sustainability, and the Covid-19 recovery. We are looking forward to facilitating engag- ing conversations, offering the wider data and AI community the chance to hear and learn from our expert speakers throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most


important pieces of work we’ve undertaken in the past year has been to help develop the AI Strategy for Scotland. Unveiled earlier this month, we are excited to continue supporting the Scot- tish Government in driving this new strategy as we strive to make Scotland a leading global centre of excellence in the development and use of trustworthy, ethical and inclusive AI. l


can inform the design and construction of facilities to ensure the health and well-being of those using the facility, while supporting the sustainable long-term use of the building itself, even in the event of a future epidemic or pandemic. The tool delivers a new artificial intelligence approach, “decision intelligence” (DI), which is used to run thousands of simulations using the latest epidemic modelling within the building designs. Robert Walker, CAO at


Data Innovation.AI, noted: “Covid-19 has revealed risks inherent in large structures where people congregate for work, business and leisure. In the same way we design buildings for fire safety, air quality and water safety, we must now consider the continuous health of occupants, including infections transmitted through the workplace.”


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