HumanE-AI-Net brings together top European research centres, universities and key industrial champions in a network of centres of excellence which will develop a truly human-centric brand of European AI and strengthen Europe's position in global competition. This ambitious project, which is being funded by the European Union initially for three years, started in early September.
Trustworthy AI with comprehensible decisions
"To be accepted by society, AI systems must be considered trustworthy and, above all, their decisions must be comprehensible. They have to "understand" people in order to be able to adapt to complex real-life environments and to act appropriately and ethically in social environments," says Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz, head of the Embedded Intelligence Research Department at DFKI and coordinator of HumanE-AI-Net. "People and machines have different strengths, however, if we succeed in developing systems in such a way that they understand our human world view, they will, in turn, deliver comprehensible decisions and results".
The aim is to create an AI that knows what humans need at any given moment and helps them to fulfill their tasks. In doing so, humans should always be in control. In this way, human-centered AI systems will be developed that are oriented towards the ethical, legal, democratic and cultural values of the European Community. The synergy of man and machine should create trust in the technology and at the same time hold great potential for new applications and business models.
Key actors of AI and leading companies
HumanE-AI-Net is based on preliminary work by HumanE AI and brings together key players in AI with companies and scientists from related fields such as human-machine interaction, psychology, cognitive, social and complexity science. In addition to the DFKI Research Departments of Embedded Intelligence (EI), Agents and Simulated Reality (ASR), Speech and Language Technology (SLT) and the Robotics Innovation Center (RIC), 21 European countries and 53 project partners are involved in the joint project, including major corporations such as Airbus, SAP, Philips and Thales. The European Union is funding the network with 12 million euros. HumanE-AI-Net works closely with the most important European AI initiatives CLAIRE and ELLIS.
HumanE-AI-Net will make the results of its research available to the European AI community via the AI4EU-platform and a virtual laboratory. It will develop a series of summer schools, tutorials and MOOCs in order to spread the knowledge, develop a dedicated innovation ecosystem for transforming research and innovation into economic impact and value for society. It will establish an industrial Ph.D. program and involve key industrial players from relevant sectors crucial to the European economy and respective evaluation results.