The last couple of years were groundbreaking for Polish AI both academically and business-wise. One of the pillars of the emerging ecosystem is IDEAS NCBR, a research and development center operating in the field of artificial intelligence and digital economy. Its mission is to support the development of these technologies in Poland by creating a platform that connects the academic and business environments.
The last couple of years were groundbreaking for Polish AI both academically and business-wise. One of the pillars of the emerging ecosystem is IDEAS NCBR, a research and development center operating in the field of artificial intelligence and digital economy. Its mission is to support the development of these technologies in Poland by creating a platform that connects the academic and business environments. The longstanding goal is to build the largest platform in Poland that facilitates innovative research, as well as education of a new generation of scientists, focused on practical applications of the advanced algorithms and their subsequent commercialization in the industry, finance, medicine, and other branches of the economy. An integral part of IDEAS NCBR’s mission is the cooperation with universities and research institutions, aimed to provide attractive work opportunities carried out by young scientists in the form of scholarships for the duration of their research projects (PhDs, postdocs).
“We want to help shape a new generation of innovators. Give young scientists a set of skills that will not only make them successful in their field but also help them become successful leaders or entrepreneurs who understand how to commercialize or popularize their intellectual work. Our ambition is to create one of the biggest AI centers in Poland with up to 10 research groups and around 200 experts” – says professor Piotr Sankowski, CEO of IDEAS NCBR.
Since 2021 IDEAS NCBR has established 3 new research groups that cover topics such as intelligent algorithms and learned data structures, digital currencies, smart contracts, and zero waste machine learning in computer vision. The research center has also attracted a group of world-class experts in the field of AI and cryptography (professor Stefan Dziembowski, professor Piotr Sankowski and professor Tomasz Trzciński).
IDEAS NCBR has already started cooperation with the best Polish universities. The list of partners includes Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza, Politechnika Wrocławska, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Wojskowa Akademia Techniczna, Politechnika Łódzka, Politechnika Białostocka, and Politechnika Poznańska. It’s also worth to mention that institute signed also MoU with Center For Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Robotics at National Taiwan University and CVC Barcelona.
The scientific advisory board consists of scholars and experts such as prof. Ran Canetti (Boston University), Zofia Dzik (CEO of the Humanities Institute), prof. Marta Kwiatkowska (the University of Oxford, prof. Aleksander Madry (MIT), prof. Tim Roughgarden (Columbia University), Marek Barwiński (GSK.AI) and Dr. Wojciech Samek (Heinrich Hertz Institute). Its task is to assess the innovativeness of projects, the research process, and the importance they may have for solving a given vital problem.
The goals standing behind the foundation of IDEAS NCBR are ambitious. Yet examples from more AI-advanced economies show that by establishing a system more in line with the requirements of a modern market, academic and societal environments often bring specific results in the forms of technological and market innovations.