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Stairway to AI: Ease the Engagement of Low-Tech users to the AI-on-Demand platform through AI

Objective

The most fundamental need of the AI4EU on-demand Platform at this stage in its development is the introduction of improved functionality to allow for the easy engagements of it core targets stakeholders, namely SMEs. While additional resources and strong domain-specific solutions are also needed, it will be a wasted enterprise without a simple mechanism to match users to these assets. What is needed is a Stairway to AI, a linking bridge between users in a low-tech level to the higher-level AI resources that have the potential to transform both their business.

The StairwAI project targets low-tech users with the goal of facilitating their engagement on the AI on-demand Platform. This will be achieved through a new service layer enriching the functionalities of the on-demand platform and containing: (1) a multi-lingual interaction layer enabling conversations with the Platform in the user’s own language, (2) a horizontal matchmaking service for the automatic discovery of AI assets (tools, data sets, AI experts, consultants, papers, courses etc.) meeting the user business needs and, (3) a vertical matchmaking service that will dimension and provision hardware resources through a proper hardware provider (HPC, Cloud and Edge infrastructures).

These services are designed and implemented by using techniques in an AI for AI fashion. The AI techniques deployed in the development of the services are natural language processing for the multi-lingual interaction, constraint solving, optimization and machine learning for horizontal and vertical matchmaking, knowledge representation for organizing the platform AI assets, reputation and fairness mechanisms to improve the matching results.

StairwAI will have a tremendous impact on the sustainability, collaboration opportunities, accessibility and fairness of the AI on-demand Platform, enabling the definition of proper business models for the uptake of AI bringing new value for EU industry.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/natural language processing
  • /social sciences/economics and business

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2020-2
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 497 727,50

Participants (10)

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 369 350
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 278 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES DUESSELDORF GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 255 500
Address
Hansaallee 205
40549 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 217 982,50
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
BONSEYES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 309 500
Address
Epfl Innovation Park Building D
1015 Lausanne
Activity type
Other
FUNDINGBOX ACCELERATOR SP ZOO
Poland
EU contribution
€ 348 718,75
Address
Al.jerozolimskie 136
02-305 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI FISICA NUCLEARE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 171 250
Address
Via Enrico Fermi 54
00044 Frascati
Activity type
Research Organisations
TILDE SIA
Latvia
EU contribution
€ 255 762,50
Address
Vienibas Gatve 75 A
1004 Riga
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
STICHTING EGI
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 298 250
Address
Science Park 140
1098 XG Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
THALES SIX GTS FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 114 590
Address
Avenue Des Louvresses 4
92230 Gennevilliers
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)