During a two-day kick off meeting on 21 and 22 January 2021, SKEL took the lead role as coordinator of yet another new European H2020 project under the Artificial Intelligence domain with the name AI4Copernicus: Reinforcing the AI4EU Platform by Advancing Earth Observation Intelligence, Innovation and Adoption.
AI4Copernicus proposes to reinforce and optimise the AI4EU platform service offering with AI4Copernicus datasets, tools and services relevant to Copernicus data to facilitate the use and uptake of the platform resources in domains of high economic and societal impact, such as in Agriculture, Energy and Security. The project aims to make the already existing AI4EU AI-on-demand platform, the platform of choice for users of Copernicus (Earth Observation) data. AI4Copernicus will expand and deepen the integration of AI4EU with DIAS platforms to enrich the AI4EU service offering and enable far-reaching innovation; to kickstart the innovation cycle by incentivising diverse AI4EU and Copernicus communities to solve real problems of business and provide societal value.
Additionally, the project will create an open call platform through which funding will be made available for small-scale experiments and larger scale projects with the scope to use DIAS platforms, Copernicus satellite and services data, the AI4EU platform and the services and resources that will be provided by the AI4Copernicus project.
The partnership consists of 11 partners from seven countries: the National Center for Scientific Research Demokritos (Greece), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), the aerospace manufactures Thales Alenia Space (France), the INSEAD Institut Europeen d’ Administration des Affaires (France), the telecommunication services provider Thales Six (France), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (International Organisation), the provider of innovative services CloudFerro (Poland), the University of Trento (Italy), the SatCen – European Union Satellite Centre (Spain), the multinational energy company Equinor Energy AS (Norway) and the consulting company Blue-Sight Conseil (France).