What are the UK’s top 20 artificial intelligence cities?

Posted on 11 Aug 2017 by Jonny Williamson

The nation’s most active artificial intelligence (AI) communities have been revealed in the UK Tech Innovation Index.

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The UK Tech Innovation Index – published by the Digital Catapult and the Open Data Institute (ODI) – measures current activity and potential for artificial intelligence (AI) innovation.

Unsurprisingly, the most significant region for artificial intelligence – by a considerable distance – is London. However, other notable cities include Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cambridge and Manchester.

CEO at the Digital Catapult, Dr Jeremy Silver explained: “This research confirms and subverts wide-held views on the UK tech industry. While London continues to be a heavyweight player on the global tech stage – innovation is by no means confined to the capital.

“We’re seeing high potential clusters of innovation across the UK, linked to opportunities identified within the tech sector or aligned to universities or dominant regional industries. Our own Digital Catapult regional centres reflect this too.”

The research aims to offer a clearer picture of the UK innovation landscape, and help businesses and the public sector make better decisions around new investments and growth strategies.

The city rankings combine data from three sources: tech events, conferences and meet-ups; scientific and academic publications; and data on local skills measures, business start-up rates, and R&D spending.

Each UK city was appointed a scoring point, according to an algorithm, depending on metrics such as the percentage of people degree-level or equivalent qualifications and the amount of money being invested in innovation, for example.

  1. London (69.9)
  2. Edinburgh (6.4)
  3. Glasgow (5.2)
  4. Cambridge (5.1)
  5. Manchester (4.9)
  6. Reading (3.9)
  7. Leeds (3.9)
  8. Sheffield (3.3)
  9. Nottingham (3.2)
  10. Brighton (2.9)
  11. Milton Keynes (2.8)
  12. Oxford (2.8)
  13. Belfast (2.7)
  14. Bristol (2.5)
  15. Cardiff (2.2)
  16. Southampton (2.1)
  17. Portsmouth (2.1)
  18. Birmingham (2.0)
  19. York (1.8)
  20. Norwich (1.8)

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