As laid down in the Treaty of Aachen and in the Roadmap for a Research and Innovation Network on Artificial Intelligence, France and Germany will strengthen their collaboration in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This Franco-German applied research collaboration will make an impact on the objective of this roadmap to foster the creation of a common AI ecosystem. Both countries agree that they offer leading research in the field of AI and that they will deepen ties in existing structures deployed on the basis of their national AI strategies.
New challenges and opportunities for AI solutions are arising from the health and economic crisis the world is currently facing due to Covid-19. AI solutions can foster the development of new products and services which can be used for example to modernise healthcare, to secure logistics chains or to reinvent production systems in order to reinforce our economic sovereignty. The objective is to bring about new AI solutions to make our world more resilient to crises of all kinds (health, climate, etc.), which are likely to happen more frequently. The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid harmful climate change. Germany and France share these values. Germany and France also share common values regarding a responsible use of AI, aiming to build AI which respects human rights, and to build an economy that respects the environment. Data sovereignty is a very important issue. A well-balanced policy on the protection of personal data (GDPR) is needed to create an innovation-friendly economy. The GDPR is the regulatory basis for the sharing of data between France and Germany.
This joint call is directed towards applied Franco-German research and innovation projects on artificial intelligence technologies for risk prevention, crisis management and resilience. The call aims to explore how AI could help to create solutions that would detect and anticipate crises in the near future and minimise their impact by providing support with decision-making and automation. A new initiative for modelling and prediction tools and for automation in order to create a more resilient society is needed to help us tackle the challenges of crisis management. The main focus will be on economically and politically important areas of application such as health, commerce and sustainability. The knowledge gained from this collaboration and the resulting solutions should be transferable to different types of crisis. The call focuses on accelerating the transfer of technology from research to SMEs and into business models and products.
The objective is to bring about new cooperation projects, especially new projects involving cooperation between research and industry. The joint projects will aim at developing precompetitive products and services and will select subjects which entail technological barriers but offer great economic potential in both countries. Scientific findings should be transferable into the development of marketable high-tech technologies with a high degree of potential for practical applications.
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Depending on the number of projects submitted, a second round of the call for projects will be organized, subject to the availability of budget funds.