Consortium as a whole

The project consortium is composed of 9 partners that jointly contribute by their know-how, resources and experiences to fulfilling the main goals of the project. All partners have their own expertise, which is vital for the successful realisation of the project.


Leiden University, Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (ULEI)

ULEI is responsible for project management and coordination to ensure that the whole project consortium is working towards a feasible concept. ULEI is very well experienced with coordination of huge project and initiatives, such as CLAIRE: being currently the largest network of AI community in Europe. ULEI also leads activities of networking and community building to stimulate cooperation with actors of ICT48 networks and beyond. Further activities of ULEI are to building the VISION identity to become a well-recognised European AI brand.

The Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics, and Cybernetics, Czech Technical University in Prague (CIIRC CTU)

CIIRC CTU a successful holder of international projects, coordinator of the National Centre for Industry 4.0 and national initiative on AI. Moreover, CIIRC actively participates at the AI DIH initiative as one of the AI Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH). CIIRC leads the communication and dissemination activities and support for VISION.

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH (DFKI)

DFKI ranks among the most recognised “Centres of Excellence” and currently is the biggest research centre worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds. DFKI participates in dozens of national (funded by e.g. BMBF, BMWi) and international (funded by H2020, EIT Digital, EU Structural funds, etc.) research and innovation projects. Importantly, the industry (e.g. the shareholders) provides substantial direct support to the research in this field. Therefore, DFKI leads activities (thematic panels and workshops) ensuring academia-industry cooperation between researchers, industry representatives and other stakeholders.

University College Cork – National University of Ireland (UCC)

UCC provides the full range of academic disciplines and plays a crucial role in the development of Ireland’s knowledge-based society. The institution is ranked in the top 2% of universities worldwide based on the quality of its research outputs and peer esteem indicators. Therefore, UCC will create new AI training initiatives and curricula and provide research training in AI. Moreover, to attract and maintain the high quality researchers, the Awards for young talents will be organised by UCC. UCC also leads activities regarding societal impact of the AI and focus on increasing diversity in AI tools and algorithms.

Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK)

the internationally recognised center for AI, is a core partner of the most important global EU initiatives in AI, incl. AI4EU and Humane AI. In VISION, FBK will focus on strengthening synergies between Excellence Centres via managing FSTP projects (WP3) and will focus on international outreach beyond community in Europe.

Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA)

the French public research organisation leading the national AI research ecosystem, develops a culture of scientific innovation and stimulates creativity in digital research. INRIA will therefore lead main activities connected to innovation management incl. scouting for novel ideas and technologies. INRIA will also support mobility and exchange programme within the consortia and will enhance discussion on R&I agenda between relevant EU stakeholders.

Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek (TNO)

the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (member of BDVA and AIOTI), will develop a joint vision and strategy among AI RIA networks and will support collaboration within the community via connectivity programs (joint workshops, regular teleconferences with selected RIA networks).

 PwC Public Sector (PwC)

PwC has been providing consulting services to the EC (DG CNECT) in the context of European Digital Innovation Hubs through the project “AI DIH Network”. In VISION, PwC is responsible for fostering the collaboration among DIHs and the Networks of Excellence, and it is in charge of the quality management and risk assessment of the project as a whole.

THALES SIX GTS France (Thales)

Ss the coordinator of the first European on-demand Artificial Intelligence (AI) platform (AI4EU project), will lead task focused on cooperation between VISION and AI4EU. The special AI4EU Deployment Price will be held to encourage the efficient connectivity between both network. Moreover, Thales will lead in order to establish and operate the VISION management. All these partners represent wide range of essential capabilities, know-how and experiences to fulfil the project aims. All partners will maximise effort to contribute to the implementation of communication and dissemination, collect relevant information in their domains, promote VISION activities and goals, and seek for further synergies that may occur in their ecosystem; this role is an intrinsic and integral part of their participation and belonging to the VISION network.