The development of strategies on Artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe has accelerated, and the European Commission will formulate its strategy in the autumn of 2018. Norway signed a letter of intent in April, together with 24 EU member states, to increase its national funding for AI innovation and research . The Commission released two weeks later a draft strategy proposal that describes a goal of EUR 20 billion per year in investment in innovation and research in the EU, across its members states and various sectors, to be reached by 2020. The Commission states its contribution to be EUR 1.5 billion per year. Clearly, there will be a substantial increase in funding both nationally and from the Commission. In order to position Norway as best as possible in this development, OsloMet has taken the initiative to establish an interest group of top European AI researchers calling for a “Confederation of Laboratories of AI Research in Europe”, shortened CLAIRE. CLAIRE intends to provide guidance to and influence the work of the Commission and the national governments in creating a good research and innovation plan for AI in Europe. To this end, we organized a symposium that will brought 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).
Project leader: Morten Irgens
Institution: OSLOMET - STORBYUNIVERSITETET