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Europe's Network of AI Excellence Centres

The Networks of Excellence in AI bring together the best research teams in Europe to tackle major scientific and technological challenges, hampering the deployment of AI-based solutions.




Maximising opportunities and minimising risks associated with artificial intelligence (AI) requires a focus on human-centred trustworthy AI. This can be achieved by combining expertise in theareas of learning, optimisation and reasoning. The EU-funded TAILOR project aims to bring research excellence centres together in a single scientific network on the Foundations of Trustworthy AI, thereby reducing the fragmentation and increasing the joint AI research capacity of Europe, helping it to take the lead and advance the state-of-the-art in trustworthy AI. The four main instruments are a strategic roadmap, a basic research programme to address grand challenges, a connectivity fund for active dissemination, and network collaboration activities.

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As the application of artificial intelligence (AI) is spreading worldwide, Europe is trying to increase its competitiveness in the new technology. Innovative European researchers in machine learning (ML) and AI have been working together to improve research collaborations and engage industry and society. The EU-funded ELISE project aims to increase Europe’s competitiveness in ML and AI through a network of excellence. It will run a PhD and a postdoc programme to attract world-class talents to Europe. Moreover, it will operate a Fellows programme for ground-breaking research and organise high-profile workshops to develop AI application methods further. Industry involvement is guaranteed by the many connections of the ELISE members.

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HumanE AI Net

The EU-funded HumanE-AI-Net project brings together leading European research centres, universities and industrial enterprises into a network of centres of excellence in areas, such as human-computer interaction, cognitive, social and complexity sciences. The project is looking forward to drive researchers out of their narrowly focused field and connect them with people exploring AI on a much wider scale. The challenge is to develop robust, trustworthy AI systems that can ‘understand’ humans, adapt to complex real-world environments and interact appropriately in complex social settings. HumanE-AI-Net will lay the foundations for designing the principles for a new science that will make AI based on European values and closer to Europeans.

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Motivated by the challenges, risks and opportunities that the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought to the media, society and politics, the EU-funded AI4Media project aspires to establish a centre of excellence and a wide network of researchers across Europe and beyond. Its focus will be on delivering the next generation of core AI advances to serve the key sector of media, making sure that European values surrounding ethical and trustworthy AI are embedded in future AI deployments. The project will be supplemented by a funding framework, a PhD programme and a set of use cases to demonstrate the impact of the actions taken on the media sector.

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development, bringing solutions to many societal challenges ranging from treating diseases to minimising the environmental impact of farming. The EU is focussing on connecting and strengthening AI research centres across Europe and supporting the development of AI applications in key sectors. To ensure Europe stays at the forefront of AI developments, the EU-funded VISION project will build on Europe’s world-class community of researchers. The project will also build on the success and organisation of CLAIRE (the Confederation of Laboratories for AI Research in Europe) as well as of AI4EU, which was established to set up the first European Artificial Intelligence On-Demand Platform and Ecosystem.