The Slovenian government has announced plans, with official backing from UNESCO, to set up Europe’s first international artificial intelligence research center.
The Department of Intelligent Systems at the Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) in Ljubljana will convert into a center that focuses on the governance and policies surrounding artificial intelligence (AI).
At an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the institute, Slovenia’s Prime Minister, Marjan Šarec, said: “All of this Slovenian know-how which has been applied for all these years, and all the knowledge that we possessed in the past and that we still possess today is undoubtedly a reason for us, or should I say you, to be proud,”
Slovenia has a history and dedication to the field of AI- having embraced it as far back as 1972 when research at the JSI and the University of Ljubljana first began. In the 90s, there was a continued expansion of Slovenian AI research, starting with ‘heuristic search’ into areas like machine learning and qualitative reasoning. As a result, this period provoked an increase in the presence of Slovenian researchers and publications in academia. (read more)