ART x SCIENCE is a collaboration between the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging and the Royal College of Art

To open up the world of cutting-edge research into medical imaging, ART x SCIENCE brought together students from the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Smart Medical Imaging and the Royal College of Art. This is an experiment into what can happen when professionals from two seemingly different worlds collaborate. How will their differences – their backgrounds, skills, and perspectives – and their similarities – the fact that both rely on inquiry and questioning – combine?

Driven by curiosity, the pairs shared their knowledge, broke down concepts and thought up new ideas to spark conversations around developments in healthcare technology. Initially, they designed physical exhibits that invited you to play with and get a feel for the research of the CDT students. Then Covid-19 and lockdown came along and the pairs rapidly adapted. Working from the safety of their respective homes and communicating over patchy zoom calls they each created an innovative digital response that harnessed their technical skills and flexed their creativity.

Artificial Intelligence investigates the creation of synthetic digital body parts to train artificial intelligence, and questions the ethics of using machine learning to make complex moral decisions. Meanwhile, Ultra illustrates the potential of ultrasound to diagnose strokes and explore the sound of the inside of the brain.

ART x SCIENCE wants you to have your say on the research behind the exhibits. You are invited to share your opinions: do you trust AI? Would you allow your data to be used for the sake of improving healthcare? Would you let someone listen to the inside of your brain? These insights are fundamental for the research community to understand, so that they can continue to ensure that their work is informed, trusted and that it suits the needs of society.

About the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging

About The Royal College of Art

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging (CDT) at King’s College London and Imperial College London aims to train the next generation of medical imaging experts. With students based in four different campuses and with close interactions with five NHS trusts, the CDT’s multi-disciplinary programme also provides strong connections with key industrial partners and equips students with the skills required to embrace a wealth of careers across academia, industry and the third sector . The centre’s vision is to explore the full potential of medical imaging for healthcare through the integration of artificial intelligence, novel imaging probes and cutting-edge, emerging and affordable imaging solutions.

The Royal College of Art provides students with unrivalled opportunities to deliver art and design projects that transform the world. A small, specialist and research-intensive postgraduate university based in the heart of London, the RCA is a high performing institution, a radical traditionalist in a fast paced world. The RCA’s approach is founded on the premise that art, design, creative thinking, science, engineering and technology must all collaborate to solve today’s global challenges.

The masterminds behind the exhibits were:

Artificial Intelligence
Bethany Hadfield
Jonny Jackson

Melanie King
Carlos Cueto
Additional thanks to Steve Aishman and Sam Battle

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This project was led by Bella Spencer, Public Engagement Officer at the CDT, and Victoria Patrick, Community Engagement Manager (maternity cover) at the RCA.

Huge thanks to the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Smart Medical Imaging.