Bringing together leading National and International Research on Artificial Intelligence

In 2018, ML2R spokesperson Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik was commissioned by the Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, to establish a central coordination office for the Network of National Competence Centres of Excellence for AI Research. Under the leadership of Katharina Morik, the network’s office of coordination advances the scientific exchange between the AI centers and organizes the network’s joint activities and public relations work as well as the cooperation with external bodies. Katharina Morik also coordinates the bilateral exchange and collaboration of the German AI centers with the institutes and initiatives of the National French Artificial Intelligence Research Program.

Katharina Morik and Anja Karliczek at the Minister’s visit to ML2R in 2019
© Oliver Schaper/TU Dortmund

Network of National Competence Centres of Excellence for AI Research

The Network of National Competence Centres of Excellence for AI Research unites the Berlin Institute for the Foundations of Learning and Data (BIFOLD), the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the Munich Center for Machine Learning (MCML), the Competence Center Machine Learning Rhine-Ruhr (ML2R), the Tübingen AI Center (TUE.AI Center) and the Competence Center for Scalable Data Services and Solutions (ScaDS.AI) Dresden/Leipzig. Their collaboration is based on the intensive exchange of scientific expertise and research findings in the fields of Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data. In this context, they pursue the mutual goal of strengthening leading German AI research and increasing it’s visibility both nationally and internationally.

Under the direction of Katharina Morik, the central coordination office at the ML2R location of TU Dortmund University organizes the joint activities of the network and promotes scientific exchange between all institutions, for example through the format of network-wide pitch talks. Annual consultations and joint participation in internationally renowned conferences, such as the NeurIPS 2020, foster the involvement and collaboration of all centers. To this end, the office of coordination advances the collaboration of leading research institutions for innovative Artificial Intelligence technologies.

Coordinator

ML2R Sprecherin Katharina Morik
Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik

Science thrives on exchange – and not just at international conferences. I aim to strengthen this exchange between the German centers on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data as coordinator of the Network of National Centres of Excellence for AI research, thus promoting their cooperation at all levels.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us!

Office of Coordination
Otto-Hahn-Str. 12
44227 Dortmund
Tel.: +49 231 755-9126

Coordinator

ML2R Sprecherin Katharina Morik
Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik

Science thrives on exchange – and not just at international conferences. I aim to strengthen this exchange between the German centers on Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data as coordinator of the Network of National Centres of Excellence for AI research, thus promoting their cooperation at all levels.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact us!

Office of Coordination
Otto-Hahn-Str. 12
44227 Dortmund
Tel.: +49 231 755-9126

French-German AI Cooperation

ML2R Sprecherin Katharina Morik
Prof. Dr. Katharina Morik

Coordinator of the German Network of AI Centers

The cooperation between the German and French centers for Artificial Intelligence has significantly advanced European AI research. With France and the representative of the French network, Isabelle Herlin, we have an excellent and reliable partner at our side to drive forward the development of a European path of Artificial Intelligence.

Prof. Dr. Isabelle Herlin

Coordinator of the French AI Research Program

A Franco-German call for projects in basic AI research was launched in 2020, another to support innovations to prevent and manage health, economic and environmental crises in early 2021. The excellence of the selected projects demonstrates the strength of the collaborations between our two countries.

In close cooperation with the National French Artificial Intelligence Research Program, the Network of National Competence Centres of Excellence for AI Research promotes the Franco-German cooperation on AI. To this end, ML2R spokesperson and coordinator of the German AI centers Katharina Morik is in continuous exchange with the French network representative Isabelle Herlin. The National French Artificial Intelligence Research Program under the coordination of the National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) comprises the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Toulouse Institute (ANITI), the 3IA Côte d’Azur, the Multidisciplinary Institute in Artificial Intelligence (MIAI@GrenobleAlpes) and the PaRis Artificial Intelligence Research Institut (PRAIRIE) as well as other institutes, such as DATAIA, HI! PARIS and the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI).

The bilateral collaboration is based on a large number of joint projects as well as annual consultations. A first meeting of representatives of the German and French centers took place within the scope of the conference ECML-PKDD 2019. The Joint Declaration of Intent (JDoI) in 2020 posed another milestone on the path to a common Franco-German AI network for research and innovation. The JDoI builds on the 2019 Aachen Treaty and the resulting roadmap. Katharina Morik and the then coordinator of the French AI network, Bertrand Braunschweig – in close consultation with the AI centers of both countries – played a decisive role in the development process of the document. The Franco-German Artificial Intelligence Network, that is based on this groundwork, will continue to actively shape the European AI strategy in the future.

Announcements:

Joint Declaration of Intent (in French)

Funding announcement (in German) 

Bertrand Braunschweig and Katharina Morik

Highlights of the collaboration