IDEAS NCBR and OPI PIB establish scientific cooperation

The year 2022 can undoubtedly be considered rich in numerous publications on artificial intelligence. Research on user behavior on the web confirms the growth of popularity of artificial intelligence. Internet users are five times more likely to search for “AI” on Google, compared to the previous year. One may be tempted to say that digital transformation today is mainly the implementation of AI in all sectors of the economy.

1 March 2023

The Economist estimates that startups working on artificial intelligence received $2.7 billion last year. The British weekly compares the current situation with the race of the 1980s, when it was decided who would be the first to build a user-friendly personal computer.

In fact, this recent breakthrough is simply related to the emergence of tools that allow anyone to use AI tools, even without programming skills.

We hear the most about achievements in the field of research on the development of artificial intelligence of scientists from abroad. In this context, IDEAS NCBR’s efforts to develop Polish AI and to use it in various sectors of the economy, and the establishment of cooperation with leading Polish and foreign universities and research centers, are interesting. Starting on February 28, 2023, IDEAS NCBR will also be cooperating with the Information Processing Center – National Research Institute (OPI PIB).

The agreement concluded between IDEAS NCBR and OPI PIB at this stage is of a framework nature and its details will be worked out in the course of further cooperation. Its authors set the following goals for both units from the very beginning:

  • Research and scientific development. Both institutions will train postgraduate students in the discipline of technical informatics and telecommunications.
  • Conducting studies and R&D projects in the areas of software engineering and artificial intelligence
  • Sharing information on ongoing research programs and diagnosed research needs

The Information Processing Center has been actively developing artificial intelligence for a long time. I am glad that now we can join forces with IDEAS NCBR and jointly support Polish scientists and entrepreneurs in the field of modern IT technologies. We have a lot of work to do. According to the Center’s report entitled ‘Artificial intelligence: publication achievements in exact and technical sciences in the years 2010-2021’, which is available on the RAD-on portal, Poland is on a high, fifth, place among the EU27 countries in terms of the number of publications on artificial intelligence. However, the works of Polish authors are characterized by a low level of influence – they were referred to on average 34% less often than similar works in the world (MNCS = 0.66). In addition, Poland also remains at the very end of the rating among the EU27 countries (next to Latvia and Romania), if we take into account international co-authorship. Only 27% of publications were written as part of such cooperation. I am convinced that cooperation with IDEAS NCBR will help us improve these statistics.

said Dr. Jarosław Protasiewicz

Director of the Information Processing Center

The cooperation of both institutions will contribute to better integration of scientific communities focused on the development of artificial intelligence in Poland. Thanks to this, more research projects in the area of AI will have a chance to gain their continuation in the form of practical applications of advanced technologies in administration or business. Ultimately, the cooperation between the two centers is to increase the attractiveness of both institutions among young adepts of science, both those looking for interesting topics for doctoral dissertations, as well as those who want to implement and commercialize results of their research.

The Information Processing Centre – National Research Institute (OPI PIB) is an interdisciplinary scientific institute and a leader in developing software for information systems for Polish science and higher education. The Center has knowledge of almost all Polish scientists, their his projects and their research equipment. It collects, analyses and creates information on the R&D sector, thus influencing the shape of Polish science policy. The OPI PIB develops smart IT systems for the public sector and used for commercial purposes. The main areas of research conducted at the institute are: machine learning algorithms, natural language processing algorithms, sentiment analysis, neural networks, knowledge discovery from text data, human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-aided decision support systems and artificial intelligence. The research activities of OPI PIB focus on interdisciplinarity. The Institute conducts research in seven laboratories bringing together specialists from many fields. In addition to information technology experts, the OPI PIB team includes economists, sociologists, lawyers, statisticians and psychologists. The confrontation of different scientific approaches fosters in-depth analysis of research issues and drives innovation.



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