Artificial intelligence: 79 partners from 21 countries to develop an AI-demand-platform with €20 million EU funding

Wednesday January 9th, 2019

The  AI4EU project  officially starts this month, with a kick-off meeting among the partners in Barcelona tomorrow: AI4EU brings together 79 top research institutes, SMEs and large enterprises in 21 countries to build a focal point for artificial intelligence (AI) resources, including data repositories, computing power, tools and algorithms. AI solutions in their processes, products and services (January 9th). EU

AI4EU, an open and collaborative platform, will also provide upskilling and reskilling courses. The AI4EU project team will work closely with the  Digital Innovation Hubs for Robotics and the future network of AI excellence centers to further facilitate access to AI technology.

Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus  Ansip  and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya  Gabriel said:  “Europe can only reap the full benefits of AI innovations if this technology is easily usable by all. “

The project, led by the Thales company, receives a total funding of € 20 million over the next 3 years. The platform will be set in the race of 2019. On 25 April 2018, the Commission presented its  strategy on artificial intelligence, announcing the development of the AI-on-demand platform. Overall the Commission is increasing its investment in research and innovation in AI to € 1.5 billion for the 2018-2020 period under the  Horizon 2020  program.

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