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AI4EU – building the European AI on-demand platform

Artikkelikuva: Project introduction

AI4EU is the European Union’s landmark Artificial Intelligence project, which seeks to develop a European AI ecosystem, bringing together the knowledge, algorithms, tools and resources available and making it a compelling solution for users. The role of Forum Virium Helsinki is to bring in the long experience on enabling data-driven business through data, APIs and consent-management mechanisms as well as on taking friction out of leveraging new technologies such as machine learning and 5G in creation of future city services. Forum Virium also serves as a link between the project and the Finnish AI community.

Involving 80 partners, covering 21 countries, the €20m project kicked off in January 2019 and will run for three years. AI4EU will unify Europe’s Artificial Intelligence community.

It will facilitate collective work in AI research, innovation and business in Europe. By sharing AI expertise, knowledge and tools with the Platform, AI4EU will make AI available to all.

Mobilizing the European AI community

The goal of the project is to mobilize the entire European AI community to make AI promises real for European Society and Economy. The goal is also to create a leading collaborative AI European platform to nurture economic growth. Forum Virium Helsinki’s role in the project, is to actively engage the Finnish AI community to the project and to build the platform.

To achieve its goals, the project includes a diverse set of tasks and an ambitious set of activities.

  • Creating Europe’s leading AI On-Demand-Platform that is open and sustainable.
  • Bringing stakeholders together through high-profile conferences and virtual events
  • Developing a relevant, comprehensive and stimulating Strategic Agenda for European AI.
  • Establishing an Ethics Observatory to ensure development of human-centred AI.
  • Rolling out of €3m in Cascade Funding.

AI4EU will nurture more adequacy between business needs and research results and accelerate growth. It will help the European Community to become a global leader in both highly advanced and human-centred AI, promising cutting-edge breakthroughs in this pivotal technological arena.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825619.

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