Bulgaria joined the Artificial Intelligence Champions League

2023-09-04 13:30:49

With “ELLIS Unit Sofia” we became the first country from Eastern Europe to be accepted into the most elite European network for the development of artificial intelligence

Bulgaria is the first country in Eastern Europe to join the most elite European Network for the Development of Artificial Intelligence ELLIS (European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems). Чрез Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT)
and SU “St. Kliment Ohridski” the first point of the top network in the region is created in our country – „ELLIS Unit Sofia“. The Prime Minister Academician Nikolay Denkov officially launched the partnership together with the “architect” of INSAIT Prof. Martin Vechev and the Rector of Sofia University Prof. Anastas

The establishment of the Institute and the acceptance of our country into the European network are due to the systematic efforts of several governments in a row to restore the glory of Bulgaria in the scientific field, the Prime Minister emphasized. The launch of the first Operational Program “Science and Education for Smart Growth”, financed by the European institutions, the construction of the Centers of Excellence and the Centers of Competence, the systematic financing of
A national road map for scientific infrastructure, through which INSAIT also receives support, the creation of the first research universities in 2021 are just some of the examples that enable the realization of the ideas of Bulgarian scientists.

“In the field of artificial intelligence, we managed to create such conditions. We must continue in all other areas so that we can become a normal and orderly European country,” the Prime Minister said.

A key role for the success of INSAIT is played by Swiss partners in the form of the government through the Bulgarian-Swiss research program, as well as two of the world’s leading universities – the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich) and the Polytechnic University of Lausanne (EPFL). “Without their strong support and expertise, we probably wouldn’t have succeeded,” said Academician Denkov.

The joining of our country to the European network is a recognition of Bulgaria’s leading role in the strategic development of artificial intelligence throughout the region. ELLIS members only
research organizations that have demonstrated results at a global level in the field of artificial intelligence and employ scientists with proven contributions. At the moment, there are only 39 European participants in the network. “With the joining of INSAIT to ELLIS, Bulgaria becomes part of
The AI ​​Champions League. Bulgaria clearly declares to the world that it will be a place where future technologies are invented and created, not just implemented or used,” said Prof. Vechev.

INSAIT is the first institute of its kind in Eastern Europe. It was created in partnership between Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski” and the Swiss ETH Zurich and EPFL. The state will invest about BGN 170 million in the Institute for Computer Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Technologies within 10 years.

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