Published on March 30, 2022

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European and Japanese companies continuously find themselves at the forefront of smart manufacturing, with a rising number of manufacturers implementing AI solutions into their core operations. Examples include companies, both in the EU and Japan, adopting AI-powered predictive maintenance, generative design or computer vision-based quality control of production processes. Yet, cooperation between the two world regions has yet “to be strengthened and transformed into a long-lasting relationship”, says the team behind EU.Japan-AI.

This is why the project was created: To bridge the gap between European and Japanese AI-driven innovation in manufacturing and the development of digital industrial platforms, EU-Japan.AI has created an online platform connecting all area-relevant stakeholders. IRCAI’s contribution to the project is the EU Japan Observatory, where various interactive infographics on AI, manufacturing and related fields can be found.

Aiming to exchange knowledge and information on AI for manufacturing, the project collects and analyzes information to generate a comprehensive understanding of the AI and manufacturing ecosystem in Europe and Japan, as well as challenges and motivators for its uptake. By sharing experiences from practitioners from both world regions, the project hopes to generate a better consensus on the most pressing issues the industry is facing, as well as to identify the areas where AI-driven manufacturing can flourish the most. Thereby, the information analyzed by EU-Japan.AI is broad – ranging from policy statements, mappings of existing stakeholder ecosystems, to opinion papers on the legal, social and ethical concerns that can arise from the implementation of AI-driven manufacturing practices.

By having community members join their online platform, EU.Japan-AI allows them to find collaborators for any projects they might launch, discuss possible research projects and boost awareness of their research results as well as engaging civil society about the goals and outcomes of their research. Moreover, community members are kept up to date about the local manufacturing industries by providing them with regular news, articles and infographics summarizing the key issues in the world of AI for Manufacturing. People who are interested in joining can do so by filling in this form:


Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

Georgia DIP and AI Research Project

International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has published the digital innovation profile for Georgia, a document analysing digital innovation ecosystem in Georgia, focusing on the opportunities and challenges in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The document had been prepared with the collaboration of IRCAI experts.

Highlights from the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference

Educators and professionals from across Europe and Asia gathered in the picturesque city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, from November 12-15, 2023, for the 16th ASEF Classroom Network Conference. Hosted by the International Research Centre on AI under the Auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and supported by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, this annual event was a success: it brought teachers together, facilitated the creation of new partnerships, answered some questions about AI in education and uncovered many new and important ones.

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

In Person Meeting of the African Members of the NAIXUS Network of AI Researchers on AI and Development

The NAIXUS project (Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs) convened a significant meeting during the Deep Learning Indaba 2023. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the progress of the project, share insights, and plan future actions to strengthen the network’s impact on advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through artificial intelligence (AI) research.

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

Workshop at the Deep Learning Indaba 2023: “Building a Global Network of AI Researchers on AI and the United Nations SDGs” 

The International Research Institute on AI under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) and its core members in the Network of Excellence NAIXUS; a multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at bridging the gap between AI and sustainable development hosted a meeting amd a workshop in Accra, Ghana. Both events were held as part of the Deep Learning Indaba 2023 Forum on September 8 and 9 and were co-hosted by the NAIXUS members from Africa.


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Jožef Stefan Institute
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