The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) is a pan-European network that aims at fostering excellent European research in machine learning and related fields. ELLIS today announced the establishment of 16 new ELLIS units across Europe and Israel. The Institute of Advanced Research in Artificial Intelligence (IARAI) is proud to be one of the few select research institutions contributing to a unit. Together, the first 16 approved ELLIS units are committing more than € 200 million of their own budget over five years. IARAI will specifically contribute € 5 million to fund ELLIS Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research Fellows at IARAI.

ELLIS offers outstanding research opportunities to European scientists, especially to the next generation of AI researchers. The newly established ELLIS units are committed to address fundamental challenges in AI, focusing both on research excellence and societal impact. This is in line with the devotion of IARAI scholars for tackling and solving real-world challenges.

The new ELLIS units were evaluated by an international committee, assessing proven scientific excellence and the implementation of measures to foster the ELLIS mission. The directors of ELLIS units consequently are selected leading European researchers, such as our very own Sepp Sepp Hochreiter, Wolfram Burgard, Nuria Oliver, Sami Kaski, Yee Whye Teh, and Luc van Gool.

Sepp Hochreiter, founding director at IARAI, is heading a new ELLIS unit with IARAI. ‘IARAI is dedicated to excellence in research and advancing AI to address the world’s most pressing questions. With IARAI, our ELLIS unit is tackling critical  challenges in machine learning, and develops AI solutions to key problems of our society and the planet,’ Sepp Hochreiter comments, ‘We are looking forward to welcome new scientific talent as ELLIS Research Fellows. We are offering unique conditions at IARAI. IARAI brings industrial-scale real-world data into open academia. This attracts the world’s best researchers, providing a unique hub for scientific exchange. The unit is well funded and provides access to cutting-edge computational equipment.’

ELLIS has announced the acceptance of the new units at this year’s Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS 2019), the leading international conference on machine learning, this season attracting over 13,000 delegates. IARAI is at the conference to present findings from its Traffic4cast challenge, which has been selected for a NeurIPS Competition Track.

Please get in touch to learn more about the ELLIS unit at IARAI or discover opportunities for joining us.

 

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