CLAIRE

CONFEDERATION OF LABORATORIES
FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH IN EUROPE

Excellence across all of AI. For all of Europe. With a Human-Centred Focus.


 

CLAIRE COVID-19 INITIATIVE

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Form for CLAIRE volunteers for Covid-19 response and management

Form for Institutions interested in CLAIRE volunteers for Covid-19 response and management

 

We are also looking for volunteers who could build a new, high quality, dynamic website for the taskforce, that can easily be updated to dynamically respond to new content, volunteers and initiatives as we find them. We are platform agnostic – Webflow, Squarespace, WordPress, Tableau could all potentially work well. But we’d like to get it up and running in the coming days. Please contact the Covid-19 Taskforce.

 

For more information, see the CLAIRE Zulip stream on Covid-19 (for CLAIRE supporters only, signup below) or contact covid19@claire-ai.org.

 


 

The CLAIRE Research Network consists of

 

375 groups and institutes with over 21,000 employees in 35 countries.

 
 

3510 individual supporters have signed the CLAIRE vision.

 
 

See the full list of supporters

 
 
As of 02/06/2020 the supporters include:
  • 2040 AI experts (PhD-level expertise in AI or equivalent) (see list here)
  • 950 supporters in industry (see list here)
  • 103 Fellows of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI), the key European association for AI researchers
  • 20 Fellows of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI), the key international association for AI
  • 9 presidents (former and current) of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI)
  • 5 former presidents of IJCAI (International Joint Conferences on Artificial Intelligence)
  • 22 Fellows of IEEE and ACM
  • 12 Members of various National Academies of Sciences (e.g., Royal Society, Leopoldina and others)
Supporters of CLAIRE include many editors of scientific AI journals, leaders of national AI societies, heads of top AI institutes, and other top scientists.
 
 
Publication impact:
  • 24 of the supporters have an h-index above 60
  • 64 of the supporters have an h-index above 50
  • 131 of the supporters have an h-index above 40
  • The average h-index of the key supporters is 43
The Google Scholar h-index provides a measure of scientific excellence based on publication impact. An h-index of 40 and above is typically considered excellent for senior AI researchers.
 
 
CLAIRE is supported by the following organisation:

A European Vision for AI

What?

CLAIRE is an initiative by the European AI community that seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation. To achieve this, CLAIRE proposes the establishment of a pan-European Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe that achieves “brand recognition” similar to CERN.

 

Why?

We believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will fundamentally change the way we live and work. It is also likely to become crucial in addressing society’s grand challenges, such as climate, energy and mobility; food and natural resources; health; and inclusive, secure societies.

In addition, AI is a global “game changer” that has become a major driver of innovation, future growth and competitiveness.

It is sometimes said that the best way to meet the future is to create it. We believe that Europe, with its existing strength across all areas of AI and with its strong universities, research institutions and companies, is in an excellent position to do that. Europe can ensure that many of tomorrow’s advanced technologies, products, systems and services are European and are based on and reflect European realities, needs and values.

This is particularly important for AI.

If Europe were to fall behind in AI technology, we would be likely to face challenging economic consequences, academic brain drain, reduced transparency, and increasing dependency on foreign technologies, products and values. The CLAIRE initiative presents a proposal for avoiding that.

It is not only Europe that needs AI made in Europe.

 

How?

The CLAIRE initiative aims to establish a pan-European network of Centres of Excellence in AI, strategically located throughout Europe, and a new, central facility with state-of-the-art, “Google-scale”, CERN-like infrastructure – the CLAIRE Hub – that will promote new and existing talent and provide a focal point for exchange and interaction of researchers at all stages of their careers, across all areas of AI. The CLAIRE Hub will not be an elitist AI institute with permanent scientific staff, but an environment where Europe’s brightest minds in AI meet and work for limited periods of time. This will increase the flow of knowledge among European researchers and back to their home institutions.

  •  CLAIRE will focus on trustworthy AI that augments human intelligence rather than replacing it, and that thus benefits the people of Europe.
  • CLAIRE will work for a major increase in funding towards existing scientific strengths in AI, novel research opportunities and key European interests.
  • CLAIRE will work with key stakeholders to find mechanisms for citizen engagement, industry and public sector collaboration and innovation-driven startup and scale-up.
  • CLAIRE will in this way define and address challenges in various sectors and across a wide range of applications, including health, manufacturing, transportation, scientific research, sustainable agriculture, financial services, public administration and entertainment.

 

Read the full Vision document (PDF) here

 

HUMANE AI, the FET Flagship Project Proposal for New Ethical and Trustworthy AI Technologies to Enhance Human Capabilities and Empower European Citizens and Society, is a key component of the CLAIRE vision for European excellence in Artificial Intelligence.

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