18. October 2021

Agreement ready for Pioneer Center for Artificial Intelligence

The agreement on the first of the 3-4 planned Pioneer Centers has now been approved by the five financing foundations and by the five universities involved. The Danish National Research Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation, and the VILLUM FOUNDATION together are financing the Pioneer Center for Artificial Intelligence led by Professor Serge Belongie. The grant amounts to DKK 352 mio. over 13 years. The center is a collaboration among the University of Copenhagen, which coordinates the center, and DTU, IT University, Aalborg University, and Aarhus University.

Billede af Tycho Brahe statuen og observatoriet i Botanisk Have på Øster Voldgade
The new Pioneer Center will be placed in the historical buildings of the Observatory at the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen next year. Photo: Olivier Bruchez

Serge Belongie, a professor and vice dean at Cornell Tech, is regarded internationally as a leading AI -scientist.

The establishment of the Pioneer Centers is an ambitious national undertaking initiated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Science and developed in close cooperation (and co-financing) between the Minister, the five foundations, as well as the universities. The Pioneer Centers will be given considerable freedom in terms of their research, financial continuity, and a long-term grant period. Using these resources, the Pioneer Centers, during the grant period, are expected to continuously carry out well-defined, high-risk sub-projects that have a particularly high potential to pioneer the research area at the highest international level.

You can read more about the new Pioneer center here: Five research foundations join forces to establish one of Denmark’s first large research centers in artificial intelligence – Danish National Research Foundation (dg.dk)

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