Cooperation with partners in France and Japan: DFG will finance nine artificial intelligence projects


Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) funds nine artificial intelligence projects in cooperation with the National Research Agency (ANR, France) and the Japanese Agency for Science and Technology (JST, Japan) . Based on the review reports of internationally renowned experts, the DFG Joint Committee and the relevant ANR and JST committees have now selected these nine trilateral projects from the 36 submitted project proposals. Researchers from the three countries will cooperate on these projects, which will receive funding of around € 7 million from the institutions involved; funding will be spread over a three-year period. DFG will only provide the project funding required by scientists in Germany, which is around € 2.4 million. The ANR and the JST will proceed in the same way.
In April 2019, the DFG, the ANR and the JST decided to launch a call for a joint initiative to fund artificial intelligence based not only on criteria of scientific excellence but also on a similar system of values. The three partners are convinced that the topic of artificial intelligence is perfectly suited for a joint call, as it is globally relevant and can be dealt with particularly effectively by adopting a multinational approach. The initiative is intended to focus on research questions related to basic methodical approaches, autonomous decision-making systems and approaches to the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence systems.
In July 2019, the DFG, the ANR and the JST launched a call for proposals for trilateral interdisciplinary research projects in the field of artificial intelligence. The proposals were reviewed in a virtual review session held on September 2, 2020 – previous plans had to be changed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Four reviewers from each of the countries concerned expressed their position on the 36 proposals submitted.
The nine projects selected for funding will be launched on November 16, 2020 during a launch event that will take place during the “Japan-France-Germany Trilateral AI Symposium”. For DFG, trilateral cooperation is one of the many modules intended to promote research in the field of artificial intelligence. Until 2022, projects in all areas of AI research will receive funding under various DFG programs which will constitute a strategic funding initiative.
The nine trilateral projects in detail:(in alphabetical order according to the university sites of the DFG projects)

    “User-adaptive artificial intelligence for human-machine interaction” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Elisabeth André, University of Augsburg; Professor Dr. Jean-Claude Martin, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS ), Orsay; Dr. Yukiko Nakano, Institute of Scientific and Technological Research for Society, Saitama)
    “Research on Real-Time Compliance Mechanisms for AI” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Adrian Paschke, FU Berlin; Professor Dr. Jean-Gabriel Ganascia, University of the Sorbonne; Professor Dr. Ken Satoh, National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo)
    “Knowledge-enhanced information extraction across languages ​​for pharmacovigilance” (Project leader: Professor Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Möller, TU Berlin; Dr. Pierre Zweigenbaum, Laboratory of Computer Science for Mechanics and Engineering Sciences (LIMSI), University of Orsay; Professor Dr. Yuji Matsumoto, Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Ikoma)
    “Artificial Intelligence for Human-Robot Interaction” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Michael Beetz Ph.D., University of Bremen; Dr. Aurélie Clodic, Laboratory of Analysis and Architecture of Systems (LAAS-CNRS), Toulouse; Dr. Takayuki Kanda, University of Kyoto)
    “AI-enhanced general-purpose assistive robotic system for deft manipulation of objects through embodied teleoperation and shared control” (Project leader: Professor Jan Reinhard Peters, Ph.D., TU Darmstadt; Professor Dr. Liming Chen, Ph.D., Ecole Centrale Lyon; Professor Dr Yasuhisa Hasegawa, Nagoya University)
    “AI for aging societies: from basic concepts to practical tools for cognitive training facilitated by AI” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Tonio Ball, University Medical Center of Friborg; Alexandre Gramfort Ph.D., French National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Control, INRIA Saclay – Ile de France; Dr Mihoko Otake-Matsuura, Center for Advanced Intelligence Project, Riken)
    “Improved data flow analysis: combining the signature method and machine learning algorithms” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Joscha Diehl, University of Greifswald; Professor Dr. Marianne Clausel, University of Lorraine; Dr. Nozomi Sugiura , Japanese Agency for Marine-Land Science and Technology JAMSTEC, Kanagawa)
    “Understanding and creating dynamic 3D worlds for safer AI” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Carsten Rother, University of Heidelberg; Dr. David Picard, École des Ponts ParisTech; Professor Dr. Ko Nishino, University of Kyoto)
    “Learning Cyclotron” (Project leader: Professor Dr. Andreas Dengel, Professor Dr. Jochen Kuhn, TU Kaiserslautern; Professor Dr. Laurence Devillers, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS); Professor Dr. Koichi Kise, University of Osaka )

Further information
Media contact:

Benedikt Bastong, Press and public relations, DFG, tel. +49 228 885-2109, [email protected]
Contact program:

Dr. Andreas Raabe, Mathematics and Engineering Sciences 2, DFG, Tel. +49 228 885-2871, [email protected]
More information on DFG’s strategic funding initiative for AI research: https: //ai-initiative.dfg.of

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