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Call for projects: Trilateral French-Japanese-German Research Projects on Artificial Intelligence

from July 30, 2019 to October 25, 2019

The French National Research Agency (ANR, France) together with the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation), and the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST, Japan) is announcing the first trilateral call for research proposals on “Artificial Intelligence” (AI).
There has been remarkable progress in AI research in recent years. The progress of AI brings a tremendous opportunity, though at the same time it can potentially violate individual privacy and the right to informational self-determination. The three countries participating in this joint programme share the same values. Based on the added value obtained through the collaboration of the three countries, the aim is to present the direction of future digital economy and society through technical progress in AI research to strengthen trust, transparency and fairness as well as improving performance and investigating AI methods.

This call is intended to finance research projects in AI, in the broad sense, on methodological advancement in core AI technologies and emerging AI technologies. The following themes are given as examples:
  • knowledge extraction and learning: data mining and text mining, machine learning (supervised, self-supervised, unsupervised, by reinforcement, ...), complex decision rules design, decision process modelling and construction of decision support tools
  • knowledge management methods and models, including knowledge representation and theories of knowledge reasoning, ontologies and their use in data enrichment and information retrieval, multi-agent systems, and the semantic web, etc.
  • advancing the state of the art in AI in order to accomplish complex tasks (computer vision, natural language and speech processing, etc.), developing autonomous decision-making systems or allowing high-level interactions with human users
  • human-centered approaches towards AI methods, e.g. considering, trusted AI, GDPR in future AI, democratisation of AI, integrity of data for fairness, AI ethics to avoid gender/age segmentation
This call is intended to support collaborative projects of trilateral research teams over 3 years, bringing together research partners from France, Germany, and Japan.
Research proposals should include the benefits and the added value of trilateral cooperation.
As the three agencies intend to encourage researchers’ mobility and knowledge exchange between France, Germany and Japan, consortia are asked to include concepts for integrated collaboration between partners from the three countries and cross-border networking (e.g. regular meetings of participating working groups, common workshops, exchange of researchers, etc.).

For detailed information on submission, eligibility, evaluation, schedule, etc. please refer to the full call text (link see below).

Proposals must be submitted in accordance with the ANR proposal preparation requirements by 25 October 2019, 10:00 CEST.
Published on April 17, 2020