AI4EU joined the ICT-49 – Information and Communication Technologies (H2020-ICT-2018-20) Kick-off Meeting hosted by the European Commission’s DG CNECT - DG for Communications Networks, Content and Technology on 11 Dec 2020. Six projects received the funding under the Innovation Action to address the challenge of fully exploiting the potential of AI in the economy and society.
The six winners are AI4Copernicus; AIPlan4EU; BonsAPPs; DIH4AI; I-NERGY; StairwAI.
The DG CNECT’s representatives congratulated and welcomed the winners to the programme and encouraged the winners to work closely with AI4EU in the coming months to make the desired impacts real. The expected impacts are enriching and optimising the AI on-demand platform service offer and reinforcing its sustainability; and boosting the deployment of AI-based solutions and services, enabling a larger user community to reap the economic benefits of AI, especially SMEs and non-technology sectors.
AI4EU’s Executive Board Chair Dr Joachim Koehler led the AI4EU presentation together with representatives from several work packages including the ecosystem creation and development, the technology transfer programme, and the platform design and implementation.
Dr Koehler shared an overview of AI4EU Platform and scope; the high-level architecture of the Platform; technical development processes with the ICT-49 project partners. AI4EU has four key services on offer now with different level of maturity for the ICT-49 partners to consider what, when and how they would want to work with AI4EU’s partners in charge to develop and contribute to the overall development of the Platform. The services are: AI experiment part; providing information and news; AI resources and marketplace; and open calls.
The project coordinators and representatives of the six ICT-49 winners presented their objectives and areas of expected collaborations with the AI4EU. Collaborations and planned contributions to the Platform include AI resources; incentives for AI communities to solve real problems of business and societal values; enriching the experiment services; training materials; contents for disseminations and so much more.
The ICT-49 projects intend to build on the AI-on-demand-platform funded in ICT26-2018-20, a reference access point gathering and providing access to AI-related knowledge, algorithms and tools and access to related infrastructures, equipment, and data resources, offering also experts support to potential users of AI to facilitate the integration of AI into applications, making it a compelling solution for users, especially from non-tech sectors.
Building notably on Europe's Scientific and Technology strengths in the field, the supported activities should reinforce industrial competitiveness across all sectors including for SMEs and non-tech industries and help address societal challenges (e.g. ageing, transport, gender equality). The ambition is to bring AI technologies and resources to integrators and innovators in all sectors and actively engage with a wide user community, to foster adoption of AI, via use-cases experiments.
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