Four ICT48 Networks of AI Excellence Centres

Europe has made an ambitious plan to invest in the European model of AI, with a new set of European networks of AI excellence centres (NoEs). Since September 2020, four NoEs are working on aspects of trustworthy AI funded under H2020-ICT-48-2020 Call.

Existing initiatives and networks in the area of AI have achieved good progress in forming groups of key stakeholders. These include the AI4EU project, the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE), the network of digital innovation hubs in AI, the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), the European AI Association (EurAI), the HumanE AI project, and also related public-private partnerships (BDVA and euRobotics).

The result is a fragmented and relatively uncoordinated European AI ecosystem. To achieve synergy and a critical mass in European AI, there is a need for overall coordination between activities. The four NoEs need to improve their effectiveness, synergies and cooperation to maximise their impact. This is crucial in order to develop an effective EU ecosystem for AI.

Existing initiatives and organizations

The VISION consortium has been constructed to maximally leverage existing efforts. Its partners are strongly connected to Europe’s AI organisations, initiatives and projects, including CLAIRE (ULEI, CIIRC, DFKI, FBK, Inria, TNO), AI4EU (Thales, UCC), EurAI (UCC), and the DIH network (PwC, TNO through DIHNET), as well as BDVA and euRobotics (Inria, TNO), ELLIS (CIIRC, Inria) and the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI (DFKI, UCC).