AI and Data Science expansion for Dstl in the north


Dstl has announced an expansion of its AI and data science capability with the creation of a new unit based at the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) in Newcastle. Around 15 new staff will be recruited to work at the unit which is due to open in late-2021.

The NICD seeks to address the shortage of data analytics skills in the UK and helps companies and organisations to exploit data. Dstl will be able to access NICD’s ecosystem of non-traditional SME suppliers to help solve Defence and Security data challenges.

The NICD is supported by Newcastle University which, along with other regional universities, offers a diverse pool supply of suitably qualified potential staff.

Investment into Research and Development

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “As outlined in the Integrated Review, our £6.6 billion investment into research and development will supercharge science and innovation to lead the way in developing cutting-edge technologies.

The establishment of the team in Newcastle will provide Dstl with greater resilience, capacity and diversity in artificial intelligence and data science, which is a critical area for the UK and in increasing demand. The move demonstrates Dstl’s commitment to supporting the levelling up agenda and increase collaboration with Universities and non-traditional SME suppliers."

I am delighted that Dstl are expanding their pioneering work in the north east of England which will benefit from a range of new skills sets, knowledge and expertise.
Defence Minister, Jeremy Quin

An Exciting Opportunity

Paul Kealey, the Dstl Division Head responsible for the new team, commented: “This is a really exciting opportunity to leverage innovation, create jobs and business opportunities, and contribute to the government’s Levelling Up ambitions. It will support the UK to achieve its vision as a great science power by tapping in to the diverse pool of regional talent and highly skilled businesses.”

Dstl are now seeking Data Science and AI specialists to join us in this exciting new venture. Please connect with Dstl’s Roxy Osborn and follow Dstl on their LinkedInTwitter and Facebook for regular updates.

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