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Dstl opens new Newcastle work hub


Mark Say Managing Editor

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The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) has opened a new site in Newcastle to specialise in work on artificial intelligence and data science.

It will host a small team exploring possible applications in defence and looking to accelerate the responsible and ethical adoption of AI.

Recruitment is currently taking place and Dstl hopes the Newcastle hub will be at full operating capacity by spring 2023.

Defence Minister Jeremy Quin said: “It’s vital that defence is open, outgoing and engaged, tapping into the best ideas across the UK.

“The Dstl science and technology hub in Newcastle will help spread Dstl’s geographic reach and harness the brilliant minds of the scientists, engineers and academics to develop cutting edge data science and artificial intelligence to support our national security.”

Dstl said it is investigating the potential for other regional hubs to access new suppliers, SMEs and academia, and provide alternative recruitment opportunities. This is part of a programme related to the Government’s levelling up agenda.


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