AI4EU is the European Union’s landmark Artificial Intelligence project, which seeks to develop a European AI ecosystem, bringing together the knowledge, algorithms, tools, and resources available and making it a compelling solution for users. Involving 80 partners, covering 21 countries, the €20m project kicked off in January 2019 and will run for three years. AI4EU will unify Europe’s Artificial Intelligence community. It will facilitate collective work in AI research, innovation, and business in Europe. By sharing AI expertise, knowledge, and tools with the Platform, AI4EU will make AI available to all.

The AI4EU Platform will establish a world reference, built upon and interoperable with existing AI and data components (e.g., the Acumos open-source framework, QWT search engine..) and platforms. Eight industry-driven AI pilots will demonstrate the value of the platform as an innovation tool. To enhance the platform, research on five key interconnected AI scientific areas will be carried out using platform technologies, and results will be implemented. Sustainability will be ensured via the creation of the AI4EU Foundation. The results will feed a new and comprehensive Strategic Research Innovation Agenda for Europe.

Final goal:

Mobilize the entire European AI community to make AI promises real for European Society and Economy
Create a leading collaborative AI European platform to nurture economic growth.

To achieve these goals, the project includes a diverse set of tasks and an ambitious set of activities:

  • Create Europe’s leading AI On-Demand-Platform that is open and sustainable
  • Bring stakeholders together through high-profile conferences and virtual events
  • Develop a relevant, comprehensive and stimulating Strategic Agenda for European AI
  • Establish an Ethics Observatory to ensure the development of human-centred AI
  • Roll out of €3m in Cascade Funding

AI4EU will nurture more adequacy between business needs and research results and accelerate growth. It will help the European Community to become a global leader in both highly advanced and human-centered AI, promising cutting-edge breakthroughs in this pivotal technological arena.


Funding source: EU Horizon 2020 (ICT-26-2018-2020)

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Project leader: Thales (France)

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