“THE SMALLEST THINGS LEAD TO THE BIGGEST CHANGES”
The first of a series of meetings “AI Bulgaria meets AI Austria” took place on June 25. Among the guests were Clemens Wasner, CEO of AI Austria, Walter Palmetshofer from Urban Innovation Vienna, Svetlin Penkov from Artificial Intelligence Cluster Bulgaria, Evgeni Marinov, Dimitar Dimitrov from Health & Life Sciences Cluster, Kristina Eskenazi, Nadya Sultanova from Sofia Municipality, Sofia Tech Park, prof. Sylvia Ilieva and Dean Palejev from GATE, companies and specialists in the field of Artificial Intelligence (Hyperscience, Ontotext and others). Оur host of the virtual meeting was Kaloyan Ratchev, CEO of Vangavis.
The goal of the meeting was to exchange information on current situations and challenges in front of European AI community. Among the topics of discussion were ethical aspects in the use of AI technology, opportunities for project collaboration, educational know-how and cross-industrial solutions in the field of Life Sciences, Space technology, etc.
Why is it important to collaborate?
Share the AI expertise with other experts and work together to develop unique solutions, algorithms and tools to make AI available to all.
Popularisation of AI technology and increasing the understanding behind the word.
Sharing experience, computing and expert capacity.
Europe needs an ambitious and rapid deployment strategy, covering both business and public administration, to create an ecosystem where ideas and research translate into pragmatic socioeconomic opportunities.
Access on quality data to train AI algorithms.
The rapid pace of AI development and R&D investments creates opportunities to gain efficiency and increase productivity, but it also creates challenges for industries to understand and implement these technologies as well as for governments to regulate AI.
Europe’s current and future sustainable economic growth and social well being increasingly draws on value created by data. The both clusters shared the belief that Europe can become a global leader in innovation in the data if we work as partners and collaborators.
What is coming next?
First logical step after the meeting is to create and sign a Memorandum of understanding between AI Bulgaria and AI Austria.
City meets City for exchanging best practices for data, digitalization and the role of the AI community in IoT. The next logical step after the meeting is to go deeper into the municipality policies that affect data and services for the citizens. We believe that this would be a perfect opportunity to support with know how and solution when it comes to data management and exploration.
Joint project on NGO/Cluster level for collaboration between AI organisations in Europe is a hot topic for future development of a highly innovative technology. By combining AI organisations with strong and practical know-how with policy makers could contribute for:.
citizens to reap new benefits for in such as improved health care, personal medicine, safer and cleaner cities, better public services and much more
business development, for creation of a new generation of products and services
for services of public interest
At the end of the year we planned to join our forces to attract all AI organisations in Europe for a meeting/conference that is goal is to create a strong European AI Cluster Network and to develop Paper recommendation for future policies.
Discovering a common communication channel in Slack/Discord for exchanging podcasts, technical meetings, or ideas for development of the AI innovations.
According to R&D and possibilities for Cross Industry Innovative projects – exchange of know-how and closer contacts and meeting with innovative ecosystems in a field of Life Sciences, Fintech, Space technology, etc.
AI Austria (https://www.aiaustria.com/) background and contacts:
AI Austria is an independent non-profit think tank and platform that aims to promote, coordinate and organize knowledge exchange, research, application, teaching, open discourse and opinion-forming as well as the creation and further development of social and economic frameworks for artificial intelligence. The organisation pursues this purpose at scientific, technological, economic, social, ethical and societal levels.
AI Bulgaria (www.aicluster.bg) background and contacts:
AI Cluster Bulgaria is a professional non-governmental organization committed to building a sustainable ecosystem in the Artificial Intelligence sector. The Cluster is founded by specialists with years of experience in the field of Artificial Intelligence, as well as financial experts, investors, experts in patent law and intellectual property, PR experts and journalists, lawyers, specialists in ethics, experts working on national and European projects.
The Cluster’s technology profile includes expertise in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and Data Science and their applications in the areas of Computer Vision, NLP, IoT, AR, VR, Client Modeling, Green AI, Cloud Computing and Networking & Interconnectivity – Smart Cities and more.
As part of the cluster’s goals, it is the creation of Artificial Intelligence clubs to stimulate, validate and popularize technological advancement in the sector, as well as to attract the interest of young scholars and students who are eager to develop and meet proven experts.