The Nordic Five Tech alliance of leading technical universities in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden announced the creation of the Nordic Artificial Intelligence Network. With global interest in the many opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI), the network will bring together, and harness, leading expertise in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The network’s primary aim is to take the landmark step of making the region a global hub in AI research, education and innovation.
Increased international visibility of the AI research in the Nordics is an important dimension of the Nordic AI Network. We should not only focus on jointly moving the state-of-the-art of AI forward, but also base the network on common values and comparative advantages of Nordic societies, including transparency, trust, and technology-orientation, says Pro-Rector for Research at NTNU, Bjarne Foss.
The Nordic AI Network will begin activities already in 2019 with selected events. In coming years, it will share educational resources, collaborate on research 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.
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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 centers dedicated to AI. The decision to create the Nordic AI Network was made at the meeting by the Nordic Five Tech presidents on 26 April 2019.