Computer science has revolutionised every aspect of our lives over the past 30 years. From the way we communicate to methods of data storage, the development of new software, hardware and AI technology has been transformative. Countless areas of science have also seen the impact of these technological advancements, particularly those that require the analysis of large amounts of data.
Artificial intelligence and machine learning provide a solution to dealing with large data sets produced in physics, astronomy, and the life sciences. Achievements such as The Human Genome Project and the Large Hadron Collider would have been impossible if it weren’t for such technology.
The UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund is committed to funding and supporting start-ups and spin outs providing software and hardware that will enable transformative discoveries across the science and engineering sectors. In the software field we had a recent successful experience with Spectral Edge, whose technology can transform image and video using information outside the visible spectrum for medical, surveillance and consumer applications. The company was bought in 2019 by Apple, who were attracted in good part by the software’s ability to enhance colour processing using minimal computing resources and power. Our current seed portfolio includes Luffy AI, a spin out from the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Culham, which is developing a neural network based approach to machine learning, and Antiverse, a biotechnology company combining state-of-the-art machine learning with lab expertise to predict antibody-antigen binding to develop new drug candidates.