The Centre is currently in the process of being set up. It's mission is to study the potential impact of AI and robotics, and to promote beneficial outcomes by means of research, teaching, measurement and public debate. It will drive AI and robotics towards secure, safe and successful returns by developing and influencing thought leaders of tomorrow through an extensive programme of research, education, conferences, workshops and events.

The Centre is highly multi-disciplinary, bringing in members from Computer Science, Economics, History, Law, Philosophy, Sociology, and elsewhere. The Centre will host sabbatical and other long stay visitors. The Centre has a Scientific Advisory Board that draws in thought leaders from around the world. CIAIR is pronounced "Sea Air".