Research is changing. We're here to support you understand and navigate the shift towards massive and complex datasets, machine learning tools and new computational techniques.

What might be the impact of Research 4.0?

Advanced technology such as artificial intelligence, robotics and other emerging technologies will affect the UK’s world-leading research sector in the years ahead.

A report by thinktank Demos looks at the potentially transformative impact of such technologies on the research sector.

Read the Demos report, Research 4.0: Research in the Age of Automation.


The dangers of machines without human oversight

For AI to work best, it needs to be complemented by human expertise and ethical judgement – says Professor Rob Procter, University of Warwick.


The use of AI is spreading rapidly but how can universities keep up?

Hear from the Professor Tim Softley, University of Birmingham, on how they are adapting to new technologies.

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Dr Matt Williams, research software engineer, University of Bristol

"It provides a very stable, high speed connection to the cloud providers. If we hadn’t had access to the high-speed Janet Network...we would have to use smaller amounts of data. We wouldn’t be able to do our jobs."

Find out how a team at the University of Bristol is revolutionising the way vaccines are developed.

Are we ready for AI?

Watch Dr Beth Singler's keynote from Networkshop48. Beth is a junior research fellow in artificial intelligence at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Paul Feldman, CEO, Jisc

"Beyond the actual practice of research, Research 4.0 could also transform research management, planning and evaluation. For example, data analytics could inform a much wider range of decisions on investment, staffing, collaborations and strategy."

Read Paul Feldman's vision for the future of research.