The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) further expands in Eastern Europe: With INSAIT, the new unit in Sofia, Bulgaria, the AI network expands once again and keeps promoting excellent working environments for outstanding scientists from around the globe. The new addition not only strengthens the network’s presence in the eastern parts of Europe, but also opens up further opportunities for pan-European research cooperations and collaborations with industry. In total, ELLIS now counts 40 units in 15 countries.
Units are local representations of the ELLIS network which aims to secure Europe’s leadership in modern AI by enabling free basic machine learning research. They bring together the best AI researchers at a certain location and fulfill a set of strict criteria to ensure excellence and a maximum level of competitiveness at international level. They foster technical innovation, economic impact and training for the next generation of scientific leaders.
New ELLIS Unit in Sofia is the first one in Eastern Europe
The Institute for Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Technology (INSAIT) is the host of the new ELLIS Unit in Eastern Europe. The core mission of the new unit is to bring world-class machine learning research, education, and deep tech entrepreneurship to the region of Eastern Europe. INSAIT, a special unit of Sofia University, was launched in April 2022 in partnership with ETH Zurich and EPFL in Switzerland, is the first centre of its kind in the region and is strongly supported by the Bulgarian government. Given its strategic partnership with ETH Zurich and EPFL, INSAIT has strong ties with the ELLIS Units in Zurich and Lausanne. It’s supported by several big-tech companies such as AWS, VMware, SiteGround Google, and DeepMind.
The unit’s research areas cover both applied and fundamental aspects: computer vision, optimization and theory of machine learning, natural language processing, robotics, and fair, robust, secure and reliable machine learning.
“Without exaggeration, today we are witnessing an event of European importance”, said Prof. Nikolai Denkov, Bulgarian Prime Minister and renowned scientist in Chemistry. In his speech at INSAIT, he noted the strength of INSAIT, and the contributions of Prof. Martin Vechev towards creating a world-class institute in the field of artificial intelligence in Bulgaria.
“It is amazing to see INSAIT take off so rapidly. We are extremely excited to be joining the ELLIS society and as a director of the ELLIS unit, I look forward to many future collaborations with all members of ELLIS.”, highlights Prof. Luc Van Gool, Director of the ELLIS Unit Sofia.
“We are very pleased to welcome INSAIT as the new ELLIS unit in Eastern Europe to our network. It offers an excellent working environment for outstanding researchers and will thus make an important contribution to the core mission of ELLIS: securing Europe’s leadership in modern AI. We are looking forward to seeing many successful collaborations and research projects emerge from it.” stated Serge Belongie on behalf of the ELLIS Board.
The new unit in Sofia is the 40th unit in the ELLIS network which is now represented in 15 countries. The long term goal of ELLIS is to establish a set of world-class ELLIS Institutes across Europe and Israel, each being the core of a local AI ecosystem.
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ELLIS is a pan-European AI network of excellence. It builds upon machine learning as the driver for modern AI and aims to secure lasting international leadership of AI made in Europe by connecting top researchers in this field and by creating a multi-centric AI research laboratory. Founded in 2018, ELLIS has grown into a network that counts 40 ELLIS units at world-class institutions in 15 countries, 16 ELLIS programs and a pan-European PhD program. The members of ELLIS are committed to shaping the future of AI in Europe by pushing the scientific and technological boundaries for human-centered, beneficial and safe AI.
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