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On the occasion of the AI for Humanity Summit on 29 March, French President Emmanuel Macron presented the Strategy for Artificial Intelligence in France. In particular, he announced the establishment of a "network of four or five specialized institutes." The first such institute will be the PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research Institute, which aims to become an international research center in the field of artificial intelligence. Three academic insututes PSL University, Inria, CNRS, together with Amazon, Criteo, Facebook, Faurecia, Google, Microsoft, NAVER LABS, Nokia Bell Labs, PSA Group, SUEZ and Valeo are among the funding members. The important achievement is that the Czech Institute of Computer Science, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) at the Czech Technical University in Prague will become one of its partners.

Outside the CIIRC, institutions such as the Center for Data Science at NYU, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of UC Berkeley (BAIR), Robotics Institute at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, MILA in Montréal, Max Planck Institute at Tübingen at the Turing Institute in London are also partners of PRAIRIE.

CIIRC is already working with the Inria Institute, one of the founding members of PRAIRIE, on the IMPACT (Intelligent Machine Perception) project led by Dr. Josef Šivic. The IMPACT project brings together researchers from both institutes to move the boundaries of contemporary knowledge in the areas of machine learning, computer vision and robotics. The partners at PRAIRIE Institute have set out to make a significant contribution to the advancement of basic knowledge in the field of artificial intelligence, which will be freely accessible to the international scientific community, to participate in solving specific problems with a significant impact on applications and also to contribute to artificial intelligence education.

The five-year goal is to bring together the best scientific institutions and industry partners and to make PRAIRIE the world leader in artificial intelligence. The Institute will be ceremonially opened in the spring of 2018.

Zdroj: Inria