2018/12/18 Establishing the CLAIRE Network
Precisely six months after launching the CLAIRE initiative for European excellence in human-centred artificial intelligence, we have now begun establishing the actual Confederation of Laboratories for AI Research in Europe (CLAIRE). Over the last 7 days, 117 academic research groups and institutions from 19 European countries have joined the CLAIRE Network, covering all areas of AI and comprising a total of over 3000 people (see claire-ai.org/network). The members of the CLAIRE Network are committed to working together with other members, towards the realisation of our primary goal: European excellence across all of AI, for all of Europe, with a human-centred focus. We expect many more groups to join in the near future and will update our official list at claire-ai.org/network regularly. Other components of the CLAIRE vision, notably the Centres of Excellence and the CLAIRE Hub, will be further developed and refined over the next few months – stay tuned!
Furthermore, an initial number of Informal Advisory Groups (IAGs) have been formed, to create a conduit between CLAIRE and the topically organised communities within the broad field of AI, and to allow for better connections between the different research areas. The IAGs (claire-ai.org/IAGs) have been formed with key supporters that have proactively and consistently worked with us to make CLAIRE a success, in a way that captures geographic diversity within Europe, and with a focus on well-connected and highly respected researchers.
2018/12/13 Videos from the CLAIRE Symposium
If you haven’t yet seen our new videos (released over the last 10 days), check them out on our YouTube channel at https://goo.gl/JFzdc6, or on our website at claire-ai.org/videos. In those short clips, prominent European AI researchers and participants of the CLAIRE Symposium in Brussels share their views on the significance of AI, the need for a broad and ambitious European vision for excellence in AI and their enthusiasm for CLAIRE.
2018/09/21 Great Momentum and Energy at the CLAIRE Symposium
The day-long symposium was held at Norway House in Brussels, on 7 September. It brought together 100 carefully selected participants from academia, industry and public administration, including 35 world-leading AI researchers. The event was opened by Oda Helen Sletnes, the Norwegian Ambassador to the European Union; Juha Heikkilä, who is leading the European Commission’s work on artificial intelligence; and François Sillion, France’s new national coordinator on AI. The goal of the symposium was to elaborate a common European strategy for excellence in artificial intelligence, and to provide guidance to European and national decision makers on the major investments in AI needed to ensure a leadership role for Europe in AI research and innovation. Read more about the CLAIRE symposium at claire-ai.org/symposium and in our 10 September Press Release: “CLAIRE: We Need to Take Bold Steps to Keep Europe Competitive in Artificial Intelligence”.
The symposium was organised by the initiators of CLAIRE: Holger Hoos from Leiden University (The Netherlands), Morten Irgens from Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), and Philipp Slusallek from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI, Germany). Generous support for the event was provided by Arvato CRM Solutions, the Norwegian Research Council, the Norwegian Mission to the EU, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI, Germany), Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway).
2018/08/17 CLAIRE Symposium, 7 September 2018
Hosted by the Norwegian Mission to the EU, the CLAIRE initiative is organising a symposium on 7 September 2018 in Brussels, bringing together top AI researchers, experts and policy makers to discuss and further develop the main components of a Confederation of Laboratories for AI Research in Europe (CLAIRE). More information can be found at claire-ai.org/symposium.
2018/06/27 Cooperation with ELLIS, Participation in EU High-Level Expert Group
Ongoing conversations with supporters of ELLIS have resulted in an agreement to jointly push for common infrastructure, including compute resources “at Google scale”. Such infrastructure is critical for cutting-edge research in many areas of AI, including machine learning, automated reasoning, multi-agent systems and robotics. There is now substantial overlap in the group of supporters of the ELLIS and CLAIRE initiatives, which share key goals, including the support of young researchers and those on their way to becoming the next generation of excellent AI researchers. We see much value in the ELLIS proposal for supporting excellence in machine learning and fields directly impacted by machine learning in Europe, and we are pleased to be working with supporters of the ELLIS initiative towards realising our common goals.
Today, the EU high-level expert group on artificial intelligence (HLG-AI) had its first meeting in Brussels. Six key supporters of CLAIRE are members of the HLG-AI. While HLG-AI has a broad agenda, part of its mission can be achieved by our proposal for strengthening and integrating AI research and innovation in Europe, and we look forward to working with the HLG-AI towards helping them reach that goal. For CLAIRE, participation in the HLG-AI is an important component of working with representatives of the European Union and the European Commission, and we are very pleased to see this work getting underway.