CAMERA welcomes first ART-AI student



Supervised by CAMERA Director Prof Darren Cosker, George Fletcher joins us from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the first cohort of PhD students at the University of Bath’s Centre for Doctoral Training in Accountable, Responsible and Transparent AI (ART-AI).

The ART-AI trains students from diverse backgrounds, including existing experts in AI, but also from engineering, social science and policy backgrounds to help ensure that developments in AI, and decisions on how and when to use it or not, are informed and ethical. The CDT is led by University of Bath as part of a consortium of more than 30 partners, covering a wide range from the Financial Conduct Authority and the Church of England to CFMS, Rolls-Royce and a network of leading universities across the world. The first cohort of PhD students, of which George is one, began studying in September 2019.

We caught up with George to find out more about his work.

“I have come from an undergraduate masters in Mathematics at the University of Oxford. My research interests lie in the application of machine learning techniques to the digital entertainment industry, in particular the games and film industries, but also applications to physics.

I’m currently in the MRes of the ART-AI integrated PhD but the current plan is to proceed with the project I applied for: intelligent character creation in video games. I am very interested in the concept of intelligent asset creation as I think it will become pivotal in the development of digital entertainment and I hope may help alleviate the game industry ‘crunch culture’.

I am very much looking forward to interacting, learning from, and eventually collaborating with the group and to draw from the vast expertise I will certainly need for my project as well as learning about other areas and obtaining new skills. I also enjoy the change to a campus uni, as Oxford’s departments and colleges were scattered across the city.”

If you would like to find out more about the ART-AI Programme, contact Centre Manager Brent Kiernan at bwk20@bath.ac.uk.


Written by CAMERA Centre Coordinator