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A View from the Bridge

We are pleased to publish this special edition of The View from The Bridge which reports on two recent events: the launch of The Bridge with His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, and the Annual Senior Members’ Symposium on Data and Artificial Intelligence.

Duke of York launches Bridge at Hughes Hall

In May we were delighted to welcome the Duke of York, Honorary Fellow, to launch The Bridge. His Royal Highness met students to hear about college life before lunching with fellows and taking part in the launch. Anthony Freeling welcomed His Royal Highness back to Hughes Hall and highlighted the significance of the Duke’s expertise in business and innovation for the future success of The Bridge.

Patrick Maxwell, Regius Professor of Physic, emphasised the importance of research communities serving society: “Academics are brilliant at turning money into knowledge but often useless at turning knowledge into money. We need diverse groups to turn new discoveries into something useful – knowledge itself is not enough.”

The Duke joined senior fellows in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary workshop session. He explored the roles of entrepreneurship and innovation in four Bridge Centres: Climate Change Engagement; 100 Healthy Years; Regulating the Digital Economy; and Oracy.

Annual Senior Members’ Symposium

This year we explored Data and Artificial Intelligence. What cutting-edge research is going on in Cambridge? What role are Hughes Hall fellows playing in our technological future? And, crucially, how do we use the breadth and depth of our collective expertise within college to develop a fourth Bridge theme? Discussions were vibrant, identifying the potential for collaboration and impact. Indeed, there is no doubt that Hughes Hall has the capability to establish a fourth theme on AI and Data. Clusters of expertise exist around market regulation, the mathematics of algorithms, and the legal status of black box medicine. Cross-cutting presentation themes included evidence-based decision-making and the nature of ethics, and there was a broad resonance for speakers in relation to healthcare data and climate change.

The latest issue is available on the Bridge page – click here.