The Nordic Five Tech alliance of leading technical universities announce the creation of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Network. The Nordic AI Network will make the region a global hub in AI research, education and innovation.
With global interest in the many opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI), the network will bring together, and harness, leading expertise in the field with the aim of taking the landmark step to make the region a global hub in AI research, education and innovation.
The Nordic AI Network will begin activities already in 2019 with selected events. In coming years, it will share educational resources, stimulate research collaborations, as well as study and share best practices and business models for collaboration with industry. Its activities will, overall, set the stage to communicate Nordic excellence in the field of AI and obtain competitive funding at both the national and European levels.
“AI is set to change the world and the Nordics must be part of this tremendous shift. Bringing expertise from across our countries under one umbrella through the Nordic AI Network is a crucial step in making the Nordics a global hub in artificial intelligence. We are very pleased to launch the network and build up activities in coming months”,
says Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University in Finland.
“Chalmers has, since 2018 committed to a big investment in Artificial Intelligence, that will raise research, development and innovation in this area to a new level. Chalmers AI Research Centre spans research and education at several departments, as well as close collaboration with industry. With this new Nordic AI network, we are further strengthening our activities, while benefiting the entire Nordic region”,
says Stefan Bengtsson, President of Chalmers University of Technology.
Made up of Aalto University, Chalmers University of Technology, the Technical University of Denmark, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the Nordic Five Tech universities are each home to research institutes and centres dedicated to AI. The decision to create the Nordic AI Network was made at the meeting of Nordic Five Tech presidents on 26 April 2019.
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Back row from left: Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University, Anders O. Bjarklev, President of the Technical University of Denmark, Gunnar Bovim, President of NTNU, Stefan Bengtsson, President of Chalmers University of Technology.
Front row from left: Lars Kai Hansen (DTU), Annika Stensson Trigell (KTH), Kolbjörn Tunström (Chalmers), Giuseppe Durisi (Chalmers), Ole Jakob Mengshoel (NTNU), Ivica Crnkovic (Chalmers), Ville Kyrki (Aalto).