Mobilise the European AI community

VISION will mobilise Europe’s AI community by stimulating and facilitating effective cooperation and communication between Europe’s AI networks of excellence (NoEs), the AI research community at large and other stakeholders, with the goal of enabling breakthroughs that require expertise across diverse areas of AI. This includes activating the AI networks of excellence and the AI research community at large towards using and contributing to the AI-on-demand platform, including integration of and linking with the present algorithms, tools and methodologies. VISION will coordinate, support and integrate road-mapping activities across the AI NoEs and the AI community at large, with the goal of identifying and developing AI research topics of key strategic importance for Europe. This includes connecting and collaborating effectively with Europe’s experts and talent outside of AI, notably in social sciences and humanities, as required in the context of Europe’s human-centred values, ensuring development of trustworthy AI, ethical use of AI, and appropriate attention to its societal impact.


SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS, LINKED TO THE WORK PLAN ACTIONS AND TASKS

Formation and support of joint working groups for tackling challenges that span multiple NoEs, also including experts from outside the networks where needed. (T2.1)

Facilities for effective communication within NoEs, between NoEs and with the European AI community at large, based on the AI-on-demand platform. (T2.2)

Development of an aligned strategy and vision of the future European AI network by establishing a dedicated working group on roadmapping among the NoEs and exploration of measures for ensuring the sustainability of this network. (T2.3)

Deployment stimulation for AI-on-demand platform, including AI4EU Deployment Prize and Hackathons. Support to NoEs for promotion of project results, new projects and activities; assessment of AI-on-demand platform via evaluation surveys. (T2.4)


Strengthen the synergies between Europe’s AI networks of excellence centres

VISION will strengthen the synergies between Europe’s NoEs, focusing on common activities, promoting mutual awareness, and facilitating the sharing of insights, tools, and best practices. Towards this end, VISION will organise events, such as collaborative workshops to foster synergies between NoEs on topics such as services offered by the NoEs, skills development, business and sustainability models, connecting to regional authorities etc., VISION will also support the NoEs in their activities toward financial support to third parties to help’ with administrative and legal issues and guarantee they follow EU principles of openness and transparency, Finally, VISION will also support exchange of personnel across the networks. By supporting, enabling and fostering cooperation among the networks of excellence, VISION will work towards the ultimate goal of making Europe a powerhouse of AI. VISION will ensure that recognised experts from parts of the European AI community that end up not being members of the four NoEs will be connected to the networks and their activities, and that their expertise is leveraged to the largest possible degree, maximising the mobilisation of AI capabilities across all of Europe. This will be achieved by ensuring that such experts can participate in events organised by the NoEs and by VISION, and by supporting research visits between staff from their institutions and NoEs members.


SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS, LINKED TO THE WORK PLAN ACTIONS AND TASKS

A vademecum and an help-desk set up within the first few months of the action in order to offer logistic, administrative and legal support to FSTP activities (T3.1)

Two collaborative workshops among the NoEs in order to improve communication and synergies among the different networks (T3.2)


Foster strong connections between academia and industry

VISION will bring together Europe’s AI research and industry, to identify industrial trends and needs, and to optimally reap the socio-economic benefits a European AI powerhouse can bring for industry and society, as well as reinforce exchanges and synergies between research and industrial stakeholders. This will include coordinating the development of guidelines and best practices to support innovation and transfer of AI technologies across the AI NoEs, supporting them in defining their strategic research agenda and innovation roadmap, and involving further stakeholders, such as educators, associations and PPP initiatives. At least two Theme Development Workshops will be organised, cutting across multiple NoEs, bringing together researchers, industry representatives and other stakeholders to identify industrial trends and needs, and match these to AI capabilities in Europe. The main results of the Theme Development Workshops as well as from similar events of the four NoEs will be summarszed, and complemented by a market analysis and trend foresights to provide a comprehensive overview of AI capabilities and challenges in Europe (European AI Trend Radar). Special attention will be paid to the specific objective of maximising the visibility of the AI networks of excellence within the European industrial community, for example by coordinating and supporting the presentation of the networks at major industrial events, such as Hannover Messe, INDUSTRIE Paris, MSV International Engineering Fair Brno, EMAF Porto, AI Forum Milan and SINDEX Bern (aiming for events across different regions within Europe). VISION will create connections with Europe’s Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to foster match-making and to exchange knowledge as well as services to initiate concrete collaboration opportunities with the AI NoEs and the AI research community at large.


SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS, LINKED TO THE WORK PLAN ACTIONS AND TASKS

Organisation of at least two Theme Development Workshops cutting across multiple NoEs, bringing together researchers, industry representatives and other stakeholders to identify industrial trends and needs, and match these to AI capabilities in Europe (T4.1).

Leveraging synergies among Digital Innovation Hubs from across Europe for making Europe a global leader in AI, while fostering mobilisation and commitment from the community. This will be done by investigating potential collaboration schemes between Hubs and across Hubs and Excellence Centres, and by supporting concrete matchmaking and collaboration opportunities. (T4.2)

Maximisation of the innovation potential of NoEs by stimulating synergies, coordinating innovation management and optimising visibility towards industry. (T4.3)


Develop a European approach to AI skills education

VISION will coordinate the development of a Europe-wide approach to educating an upskilling human resources in AI at all levels and pathways in education in Europe. A lack of AI-related skills (technical, managerial, as well as in business and industrial deployment) has been identified as one of the most significant barriers to AI adoption in Europe. This requires dedicated efforts to establish cross-disciplinary AI curricula in education, integrating ethics, humanities and technical disciplines, and mainstreaming AI-related skills in all academic disciplines and professional fields. It is necessary to foster cooperation between AI experts and professionals, and to mobilise various education and training stakeholders, including education institutions at all levels, social partners, training providers, community colleges and companies. VISION will take an end-to-end view of AI education in Europe and consider the development of a curriculum from elementary school, through to high-school, university and beyond. The project will identify, integrate, and create new cross-disciplinary AI training initiatives and curricula, using the NoEs as sources of expertise. This will support the development of standardised AI curricula suited for integration into either computing/mathematical or non-technical undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as programmes targeted at providing AI skills for non-professionals. VISION’s objective is also to catalogue, within the AI4EU platform, Europe’s current offerings in terms of online courses, taught programmes, and centres for research training in AI, and to run a European AI education and training summit each year, bringing together the best education initiatives, and delivering a training programme with tracks for different levels of participants. A related objective is to enable the mobility of AI research staff and students through a dedicated researcher mobility programme coordinated by VISION.


SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS, LINKED TO THE WORK PLAN ACTIONS AND TASKS

A cross-NoE mobility programme to spread knowledge, stimulate synergies, and transfer know-how that will be operated and financially supported by VISION. (T5.1)

Development of standardised AI curricula to support current European educational offerings and support educators in strengthening the digital and human-centric skills of their students. (T5.2)

Creation of a Young AI Talents Award to recognise and celebrate the next generation of AI researchers in Europe. (T5.3)


Promote Europe as an attractive environment for AI research and researchers

VISION will develop and coordinate a continuous communication and dissemination support plan to promote not only its own activities and results, but also to multiply synergies in communicating the activities and results of the NoEs and of the AI community at large, increasing Europe’s attractiveness for young talents and researchers as a place of cutting-edge innovations and breakthroughs in AI domains. This will include promoting visibility towards a variety of different audiences, amplifying the outreach to the general public through traditional and social media, and citizen science activities to enhance the popularisation of AI topics and challenges. VISION will contribute to building a strong communication platform across the European AI community and towards the public with the aim of strengthening Europe’s AI brand, focused on human-centred and trustworthy AI, ethics, diversity and open dialogue across all of AI and all of Europe.


SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS, LINKED TO THE WORK PLAN ACTIONS AND TASKS

Outreach to the general public via “AI Open Days”, aggregating topics and outcomes from the NoEs towards society, organised on basis of two-way exchange with special emphasis on open discussion reflecting the complexity of AI societal impact. (T6.1)

An outreach plan to scout international AI networks and Key strategic partners in order to help NoEs to attract talents from international community and organise high impact news coverage by traditional media outside the EU (T6.2)

Unified EU-AI brand, communicated consistently and transparently across Europe and worldwide, and strongly supported by professionally prepared, easily accessible materials and dedicated staff support. (T6.3)

Anchoring of the NoEs within the larger European strategy on AI by providing a podium with the relevant stakeholders (research, industry, policy makers, and general public) to advance the dialogue on the EU
level. (T6.4)