CLAIRE

CONFEDERATION OF LABORATORIES
FOR ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RESEARCH IN EUROPE

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

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As of 21/11/2018 the supporters include:
  • 1370 AI experts (PhD-level expertise in AI or equivalent) (see list here)
  • 555 supporters in industry (see list here)
  • 102 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:
  • 20 of the supporters have an h-index above 60
  • 59 of the supporters have an h-index above 50
  • 122 of the supporters have an h-index above 40
  • The average h-index of the key supporters is 42.98
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.

 

The CLAIRE initiative is supported by the following organisations:
        • The European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI)
        • The AI Section of German Society for Informatics (GI-FBKI)
        • The AI Section of Lithuanian Computer Society (LIKS-AIS)
        •  The Artificial Intelligence Association of Ireland (AIAI)
        • The Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence (OEGAI)
        • The Benelux Association for Artificial Intelligence (BNVKI)
        • The British Computer Society Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence (BCS-SGAI)
        • The Catalan Association for Artificial Intelligence (ACIA)
        • The CINI Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (CINI AIIS Lab, Italy)
        • Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK, Italy)
        • The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
        • The Hellenic Artificial Intelligence Society (EETN)
        • The Israeli Association for Artificial Intelligence (IAAI)
        • The Italian Association for AI (AI*IA)
        • The Italian Association for Logic Programming (GULP)
        • The Polish Artificial Intelligence Society (PSSI)
        • The Portuguese Association for Artificial Intelligence (APPIA)
        • The Romanian Association for Artificial Intelligence (ARIA)
        • The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB, United Kingdom)
        • The Spanish Association for Artificial Intelligence (AEPIA)
        • The Slovenian Artificial Intelligence Society (SLAIS)
        • The Swedish Artificial Intelligence Society (SAIS)
        • The Swiss Alliance for Data-Intensive Services
        • The Swiss Group for Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (SGAICO)

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. 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, financial services and entertainment.

 

 

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 supported by CLAIRE and represents an important part of the CLAIRE vision.


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