The Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research in Digital Diagnostics

iCAIRD was announced on the 6th of November 2018 as one of five successful bids to the UK Governments Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).

It brings together a pan-Scotland collaboration of 15 partners from across industry, the NHS, and academia. Industry leadership will be provided by Canon Medical Research (radiology) and Royal Philips (digital pathology). iCAIRD is awarded £10m by Innovate UK, while partner companies Canon Medical Research Europe Ltd and Royal Philips will provide £5M of additional supportive funding, along with seven actively-engaged SMEs.

iCAIRD is centred at the Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE), part of the University of Glasgow’s Clinical Innovation Zone (CIZ) at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. It will integrate with Health Data Research UK (HDRUK) and the national Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS), working closely with partners across Scotland and beyond.


The objective is to establish a world-class centre of excellence focusing on the application of artificial intelligence to digital diagnostics. The intention is that iCAIRD will allow clinicians, health planners and industry to work together, enabling research-active clinicians to collaborate with innovative SMEs to better inform clinical questions, and ultimately to solve healthcare challenges more quickly and efficiently.

iCAIRD is promoting 2 distinct eco-systems for AI development.

Eco Systems

iCAIRD is currently establishing a patient /public advisory working group.

Public Engagement

iCAIRD is part of a national network of centres developing AI innovation.

AI Centre Network

Made possible by Innovate UK and the UK  Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.