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European Commission Pumps in $9.15 Million to Develop Next-gen AI-On-Demand Platform

European Commission launches AI4Europe project to develop Europe’s AI-on-Demand Platform

AI4Europe’s consortium has secured significant funding to boosts its efforts in development of world-class AI-on-demand platform. The latest $9.15 million USD funding from the European Union would accelerate the development of the next phase of Europe’s artificial intelligence infrastructure that will bring together the AI community while promoting European values.

What is AI-on-demand platform?

AI-on-demand Platform, also referred to as AIOD, and the project that sponsors it, AI4Europe, had their official start during the project kickoff meeting, which took place at the University College Cork (UCC) on 6-7 September.

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AI4Europe is a project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme which runs until the end of 2025. It is coordinated from UCC by Professor Barry O’Sullivan, Dr. Gabriel Castane-Gonzalez, Shaun Gavigan, and Tanvir Badwal, of the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics and School of Computer Science and Information Technology. With UCC, the consortium comprises an additional 23 partners across 15 European countries.

AI-on-demand Platform or AIOD, powered by AI4Europe, serves as a catalyst to aid AI-based innovation, resulting in new products, services, and solutions to benefit European industry, commerce, and society. By bringing people together, the community resource seeks to address the fragmentation of the European AI landscape and facilitate technology transfer from research to business. Initiated in 2019 with the support of the European Commission, the platform will continue to develop over the coming years through further investment that will see the platform add additional services and tools.

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The rampant development of AI and machine learning engineering has created a rift between different regions. Traditionally, the European countries have been at the forefront of innovation and engineering discoveries since the Industrial Era dawned on us. But, the IT age has taken the world by storm and there has been a constant demand to develop the big data and AI domains in the European region to meet rising industrial demands.

According to the professor Barry O’Sullivan, Director of Insight at UCC and AI4Europe Coordinator, “The AI-on-demand platform is a critically important strategic infrastructure and ecosystem to ensure that Europe is at the cutting-edge of AI. Through the dissemination of research expertise and results, and through the adoption of AI technologies in industry and the public sector, we will support the uptake of trustworthy AI in Europe.”

AI4Europe builds on the work of the already finished AI4EU project, as well as on an ever-developing ecosystem of European-funded projects related to artificial intelligence. Equipped with the necessary hardware, the platform will offer interoperable services, data, and tools from several related communities and provide solutions to facilitate research productivity, reproducibility, and collaboration. AI4Europe will establish and support mechanisms to foster exchange between academia and industry and ensure the platform reaches out to and engages with the next generation of researchers, innovators, and business across Europe.

Currently, the AI-on-demand platform provides wide range of AI as a Service and AI matchmaking services to boost digital transformation and digital twin innovations. Industries such as Energy, Manufacturing, Automobile, IT and software development, Cyber intelligence and Earth observation are likely to benefit from AIOD’s wide range of services and simulations.

Professor John O’Halloran, President of UCC, states that: “We are grateful and proud that the European Commission has entrusted the leadership of this project with us at UCC. As the academic home of George Boole, we are delighted to see our continued leadership in the underpinnings of AI recognized through this strategically important project.”

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