ELLIS unit at the LIT AI Laboratory
The LIT AI Lab headed by Prof. Sepp Hochreiter was founded as a permanent research center of the Linz Institute of Technology (LIT). In the unique environment offered by the Johannes Kepler University (JKU) Linz, the LIT AI Lab bundles JKU’s world-class expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) for shaping and advancing AI research and its industrial applications.
The LIT Lab is committed to scientific excellence. Our focus is on theoretical and experimental research in machine learning, logical reasoning, and computational perception. We train the next generations of AI researchers and educate engineers at various academic levels in AI technology.
Created in 2017 as a permanent research institution, the LIT AI Lab started with three seed groups conducting core AI research:
- Deep Learning (Sepp Hochreiter)
- Logical Reasoning (Armin Biere)
- Computational Perception (Gerhard Widmer)
At the Graduate School of Artificial Intelligence the doctoral program benefits from the synergies of six different research groups, focusing on interdisciplinary research to advance AI. In order to broaden the application areas of our AI research in the LIT AI Lab, we collaborate closely with other JKU institutes that conduct related research as well as with international companies.
In December 2019 the LIT AI Laboratory was chosen as one unit of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS). Prof. Hochreiter is the director of the ELLIS unit at the LIT AI Laboratory, while Prof. Biere, Prof. Widmer and Prof. Fürnkranz are deputy directors.
The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent systems (ELLIS) is a pan-European effort initiated in 2018 to foster European research excellence in machine learning and related fields. It aims to offer European researchers outstanding opportunities to carry out their research in Europe, and to nurture the next generation of European young researchers in this field of strategic importance. Its goal is to enable Europe to be competitive in modern AI and benefit from positive economic and societal impact.
ELLIS´ mission ist to benefit Europe in two ways:
- We want the best basic research to be performed in Europe, to enable Europe to shape how machine learning and modern AI change the world.
- We want to have economic impact and create jobs in Europe, and believe this is achieved by outstanding and free basic research, independent of industry interests.
On December 11th 2019 at the Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), the leading international conference on machine learning, ELLIS announced the establishment of the first 17 ELLIS units across 10 European countries and Israel. Built around outstanding AI researchers, the newly established research units are devoted to tackling fundamental challenges in AI with a focus on research excellence and societal impact. An open call resulted in 28 proposals from 13 countries, each of which committed local funding of at least 1.5 Mio € per year for at least five years, 20% thereof reserved for ELLIS network activities such as student and faculty exchanges and the organization of joint ELLIS research programs and workshops. Proposals from Alicante, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Darmstadt, Delft, Freiburg, Helsinki, Linz (LIT AI Laboratory), Lausanne, Leuven, Oxford, Prague, Saarbrücken, Tel Aviv, Tübingen, Vienna (IST Austria) and Zürich (ETH Zürich) were selected by an international evaluation committee, based on proven scientific excellence and the implementation of measures to foster the ELLIS mission. To avoid conflicts of interest, all the reviews were done by scientists of countries different from the units being evaluated. The list of directors of ELLIS units includes European researchers such as Wolfram Burgard, Sepp Hochreiter, Thomas Hofmann, Sami Kaski, Nuria Oliver, Bernhard Schölkopf, Yee Whye Teh, Luc van Gool and Max Welling.
The ELLIS network will continue to grow. Additional strong proposals from a variety of places (including the Italian Institute of Technology and Cambridge University) are still in the evaluation process. The presentation of all units in the first batch is planned to take place in Spring next year, and the next deadline for submitting ELLIS unit proposals will be March 1st, 2020.
Terrence Sejnowski, president of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation, says that “major breakthroughs in AI in recent years were published at NeurIPS, often by European scientists. ELLIS has made great strides since it was first announced at NeurIPS last year, and the new network of ELLIS research units will further help catalyze European AI research and business.”
Geoffrey Hinton, Turing Award winner, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, an engineering Fellow at Google and one of the leading scientists in AI, says: "Deep learning is at the core of the staggering progress we are witnessing in AI today. Companies such as Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are investing billions in developing this technology. If Europe wants to keep up with North America and China, it needs to focus its major AI investments on deep learning."
A number of European companies have already stated their support of this initiative, including Audi, AVL, Bayer, Bosch, DeepMind, Greiner, Porsche, Siemens as well as US companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and the Canadian startup Element AI.
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