Member States to develop an AI platform with €20m EU funding 

The project, which kicks-off officially tomorow will bring together 79 partners from 21 countries

Photo: EPA Vice President of Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip

This month the AI4EU project officially starts, with a kick-off meeting among the partners in Barcelona tomorrow. As stated earlier the development of the AI4EU platform will bring together 79 top research institutes, SMEs and large enterprises in 21 countries that will build a focal point for artificial intelligence (AI) resources, including data repositories, computing power, tools and algorithms. To further facilitate access to AI technology the project team will work closely with the Digital Innovation Hubs for robotics and the future network of AI excellence centres.

When operational, the platform will offer services and provide support to potential users of the technology, help them test and integrate AI solutions in their processes, products and services. AI4EU will also provide upskilling and reskilling courses. 

“Europe can only reap the full benefits of AI innovations if this technology is easily usable by all. The AI4EU project will help bring AI to small businesses, non-tech companies and public administrations across Europe,” Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel said in a joint statement.

The project, led by the French company Thales, will receive a total funding of €2m over the next 3 years and the  platform will be set up in the course of 2019. 

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