MIT supports the development of artificial intelligence, prepares a strategy and a new program

21. 1. 2019 | Source: Ministry of Industry and Trade of The Czech Republic

Artificial Intelligence is one of the priority areas that affect the development of the society across industries, innovation, education, and the impact on the labour market.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade will therefore continue to support it. A new program to support innovation is in the commentary procedure and the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy is being prepared.

“On 11 January, the government approved an update of the National Research and Innovation Strategy for Intelligent Specialization of the Czech Republic, which will strengthen research and innovation for the needs of Czech companies, and one of the new areas is the area of ​​artificial intelligence” says Petr Očko, Deputy Minister for the Digitization and Innovation Section.

A new Innovation Support Program Trend has been submitted for the commentary procedure. “The TREND program will focus on application-oriented research using progressive technologies such as nanotechnology or artificial intelligence” adds Očko. In the event that the program will be approved by the government, the first public tender for the selection of R & D projects to be supported will be announced this year. Their implementation and funding will start in 2020. At the same time, the program will focus on the application of new technologies (including AI) in those economic sectors that are identified as areas of specialization in the national RIS3 strategy.

The TREND program will enable solving of individual projects by enterprises either individually or in collaboration with research organizations (i.e. universities, institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, etc.). The TREND program will be funded from national sources and will therefore also be open to entities from Prague, as is the case with the current TRIO program, where the latest competition for the selection of projects is underway.

And last but not least, the MIT is the pillar of the Digital Economy and Society, which is part of the Digital Czech Republic program. “One of our tasks under this pillar, which should be prepared by mid-year, is to create a National Strategy for Artificial Intelligence, to process it by mid-year”says Očko. In the Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence released last December, the European Commission called on EU Member States to develop national strategies.

On Wednesday 16 January, the Government Envoy for Digitization, the Government Office and the MIT signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on the Development of Artificial Intelligence with the Platform of Artificial Intelligence of the Confederation of Industry. A key area for cooperation will be the preparation of the National Strategy for AI.

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