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A new European project namely MANOLO has been added to the Artificial Intelligence project list of the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of NCSR Demokritos. The new project is funded by the European  Union, with a budget of €8.6 million and will run for the next three years.

Institute Director Dr. Vangelis Karkaletsis and researcher Dr. Stasinos Konstantopoulos represented NCSR Demokritos at the kick-off meeting meeting and discussing with partners about roles, responsibilities, and aspirations for the successful realization  of the project’s objectives.

MANOLO will deliver a complete stack of trustworthy algorithms and tools to help AI systems reach  better efficiency and seamless optimization in their operations, resources and data required to train,  deploy and run high-quality and lighter AI models in both centralised and cloud-edge distributed  environments. It will push the state of the art in the development of a collection of complementary  algorithms for training, understanding, compressing and optimising machine learning models by  advancing research in the areas of: model compression, meta-learning (few-shot learning), domain  adaptation, frugal neural network search and growth and neuromorphic models. Novel dynamic  algorithms for data/energy efficient and policy-compliance allocation of AI tasks to assets and resources  in the cloud-edge continuum will be designed, allowing for trustworthy widespread deployment.

The project will be deployed and tested in lab environments via industrial-driven use cases with different  distributed AI paradigms within cloud-edge continuum settings; it will be validated in verticals such as  healthcare, manufacturing, and telecommunications, aligned with market opportunities identified by the  AI, Data and Robotics Association (ADRA) and with a granular set of embedded devices covering  robotics, smartphones, IoT as well as using neuromorphic chips.

Irish Minister of State of the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr. Dara Calleary said: “It is hugely important that we make AI systems more energy efficient given that use of the technology  is likely to become even more widespread in the coming years. We also welcome the work to reverse  declining user confidence in AI and to provide more clarity around how AI systems work. These tools  are going to underpin the workings of our society going forward and it’s vital that the public has total  confidence that those in charge of their development are seen to be taking a fair, equitable and human centric approach.”

Dr. Ricardo Simon Carbajo, Director of Innovation and Development at CeADAR and MANOLO  Project Coordinator, added: “CeADAR is very proud to serve as the leader of MANOLO, a major EU-funded project involving many  of the top research and industry institutions in Europe. The aim of MANOLO is to create novel algorithms  to make AI more trustworthy and energy efficient. The solution will plug into current AI systems, which  will help organisations in Ireland and Europe achieve their energy efficiency targets.”

The MANOLO consortium, under the leadership of Ireland’s national centre for applied AI, CeADAR, is composed of 18 partners across 8 European countries: Ireland, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany,  Greece, Romania and Spain. The consortium members include: NUIDUCD-CeADAR, UPC, ATOS IT, EVIDEN RO, TUBS, NCSR “D”, FDI, INRIA, Fraunhofer IIS, UPSaclay, ARCADA, KU Leuven, LAUREA, PAL ROBOTICS, BIT&BRAIN, ARX.NET, Q-PLAN, and EIT DIGITAL.

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