Building AI ecosystem. We connect students, teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and many others with purpose of active collaboration, support of world class fundamental and applied research and making products and services in the area of artificial intelligence. We build a communication platform that will present AI to the general public as a disruptive, promising and critical component of future Czech economy and promote Czech Republic abroad as a perfect place to study and for doing research and business.
Why? Strong AI ecosystem will make it easier to attract AI talent from around the world. With AI, we will kick-start economic growth based on high value-added products and services.
How? We will work with government, municipalities and the public sector to explain the necessity of the change, making AI transformation a priority. We will create a transparent environment for cooperation, organise events and promote results to inspire others.
Reverting brain drain. We want to incentivize young generation of AI researchers to stay in academia in Prague.
Why? In order to prevent depletion of the university intellectual potential and capability to create AI talent, the growth of AI job opportunities and salaries needs to be balanced between the corporates, startups and universities. Unlike corporates and startups, the university salaries are less dependent on economic growth of the region. The best AI scientists are leaving computer science departments even at the best universities. It is expected that salary-focused funding boost can slow down or even revert this process.
How? We will call for a selection 10-20 excellent AI scientists (PRG.AI Fellows) working at PRG.AI member institution and provide them with a contribution to their existing salaries in order to incentivize them to stay in the academic environment.
Attracting AI researchers. We will fund 5-10 research positions for excellent incoming scientists from abroad, preferably from universities better than CTU/CU.
Why? In order to increase their competitiveness, the PRG.AI academic members need to diversify their talent pool and become more international, so that a threat of academic inbreeding is minimized and PRG.AI is attractive for foreign scientists.
How? We will call for application 5-10 international AI scientists (PRG.AI Chairs) to join one of the PRG.AI member institution and to build their academic career in Prague. Even though the program will fund only the first 1-3 years, the positions will be permanent and not visiting. The hosting institutions will work together with PRG.AI towards sustainability of such positions.
Educating AI talent. We will accelerate training of AI skills and knowledge far beyond the current number of AI graduates.
Why? Quality and volume of well educated technical talent is the most important parameter of AI readiness of the region and dictates potential of future AI economy. Even now, number of AI graduates is not sufficient to feed local ecosystem.
How? We will support creation of bachelor-level AI minor curriculum, that will be offered as complementary AI training to a large population of bachelor students at CTU/CU (a concept similar to the new College of Computing at MIT). We will suggest secondary school AI curricula and will offer free access to the AI minor specialization also to secondary-school maths, informatics and sciences teachers. We provide our know-how for future workforce retraining.
Incubating AI startups. We will support incubation of startup companies to leverage the results of fundamental and applied research in AI.
Why? Strong research AI community in Prague is a critical advantage for startups incorporated in Prague.
How? We will help the startups to get access to leading-edge AI research within PRG.AI community through an open AI coworking environment. We will help attracting pre-seed, seed, and venture funding to develop ideas at universities, research institutes and companies. We will promote transparent and flexible models of collaboration and IP sharing between the universities and the startups.
Innovating in companies. We will accelerate AI innovation in the Czech industry by facilitating a connection to the PRG.AI ecosystem that will consist of basic as well as applied AI researchers, AI educators, AI oriented startup as well as AI early adopters.
Why? Czech industry and public sector are not taking the full benefit of potential cooperation in AI.
How? We will invite the innovators and early adopters to the shared AI coworking environment. We will incentivize AI researchers and AI engineers in PRG.AI ecosystem to help industrial and business organization with planning and bootstrapping AI pilots in order to address the industrial AI innovation opportunities. The program will provide matching funding to researchers from PRG.AI member institutions to engage in applied research and AI piloting provided that results are shared back to the research communities via publications and/or contribution to open source software.
Humanizing and regulating AI. We will debate and promote ethical, legal and economical aspects of AI research and deployment.
Why? Most importantly, the human centric focus on AI is one of the key differentiators of EU approach to AI. Readiness of PRG.AI for ethical expectation, future legal aspects and economical ramifications of AI applications will be important for future Prague AI economy.
How? We will support discussion on ethical, legal and socio-economical aspects of AI and will seek funds one PRG.AI Fellow position (see program STAY) to lead this research at one of PRG.AI member institutions.
Connecting world. We will closely collaborate, share knowledge and look for synergies with Czech and Central European AI centers. Our prg.ai brand will be known and well respected in European and global AI communities. We are ready to play a fundamental role in talks with European Commision regarding Prague becoming major EU superhub.
Why? The CE region offers a critical mass of highly educated scientific and technical talent that is ripe for deeper collaboration in order to make a change.
How? We will establish Central European Forum for AI as a platform for scientific collaboration, knowledge exchange and building project consortia for EU research calls. We will share PRG.AI experience with Central European cities and engage them in collaboration in the areas of their expertise, such as Brno (in cyber), Plzen (in NLP), Ostrava (in HPC), Vienna, Linz, Bratislava, Kosice, Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest to build programs similar to PRG.AI. Besides, PRG.AI will further develop active links of PRG.AI member institutions with AI scientists and research institutions within EU, UK, US, CA, Switzerland and Israel.