1st Naiuxus consortium meeting and kick-off

Location: Live Digital Event

Date: 13 July 2022, 11:00 AM – 12.30 AM (ET), 04:00 PM London (GMT+1:00), 12:00 PM Tokyo (GMT+9:00)

Hosted by IRCAI, the five founding partners of the NAIXUS network and all network partners

At the launch, the coordinator of the network, Professor John Shawe-Taylor, emphasised the cross-disciplinary nature of research in AI and development. “The network has been created to assist this community and to promote interactions and collaborative projects. In the beginning we are going to focus on organizing events putting the science front and center, such as the full day of talks organized for the kick-off meeting.”

The kick-off event was opened by Professor John Shawe-Taylor and followed by presentations from each partner site.

TheNetwork will strengthen existing internal collaborations and build new bridges between experimentalists and theoreticians working in areas with strong intellectual and technical overlap.

Partners emphasised how the idea for the Network evolved from pools of existing expertise around the world as “The case was immediately clear when we discovered activities and areas of AI and development research within the various universities across the UN regions, faculties and departments that we realised should directly benefit from being organised in a network”.


 03:00 – 3:15
Welcome and Introductions

Introduction of founding partners:

  • Maria Fasli, UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science, University of Essex
  • Emmanuel Letouzé, Director Data-Pop Alliance
  • Nuria Oliver, ELLIS Unit Alicante Foundation
  • Davor Orlic, COO, Knowledge 4 All Foundation
  • Alexandre F. Barbosa, Director Cetic

Network overview by John Shawe-Taylor, Director IRCAI

03:15 – 4:15
Introductions and short mention of activities by each partner, 2 minutes each:

  • International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO
  • Aboitiz Data Innovation
  • Advanced International Center for Smart Decision Science Applications based on Blockchain And Artificial Intelligence (BAIA Center)
  • African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
  • Andorra Research + Innovation
  • Bio-Robotics Laboratory, National Autonomous University of Mexico
  • Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research
  • Data Scientists Network Foundation
  • Data-Pop Alliance
  • ELLIS Unit Alicante Foundation
  • Eötvös Loránd University
  • Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence FCAI
  • Icelandic Institute for Intelligence Machines
  • International Computer Science Institute (ICSI)
  • Kabarak University
  • Knowledge 4 All Foundation
  • Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand (RAIL)
  • Masakhane Foundation
  • National Cheng Kung University
  • Northeastern University, Northeastern Civic A.I.
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Regional Center for Studies on the Development of the Information Society (CETIC)
  • Tanzania AI Lab & Community
  • The Alan Turing Institute
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences
  • TU Delft, Digital Ethics Centre
  • Research ICT Africa
  • UNICEF headquarters
  • University College London, Centre for Artificial Intelligence
  • University Islamabad of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan (COMSATS)
  • University of Cape Coast
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Essex
  • University of Gothenburg
  • University of Leeds
  • University of Pretoria
  • University of Tuscia

4:15 – 4:30
First set of collaboration opportunities

  • Maria Fasli, on Project Collaboration in MSc programmes in Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development (JAI4SD)
  • Emmanuel Letouzé on Journal on Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development (JAI4SD)
  • Nuria Oliver on AWS Credit Program for network members
  • John Shawe-Taylor on Joint call for collaborative projects with HumaneAI network
  • Davor Orlic on IRCAI Research and Academic Visitors Programme
  • Mihajela Crnko on potential opportunities via European Union (EU) initiative Digital for Development (D4D) Hub

4:30 – 5:00
Future plans

Wrapping up and Closure