EPFL’s new AI Center to pioneer AI research and collaboration in Switzerland
5 December 2023
The Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has launched its new AI Center. This new hub is dedicated to exploring how safe and effective artificial intelligence (AI) can propel technological innovation across diverse societal sectors.
Positioned at the forefront of AI research and application, the AI Center aims to harness EPFL‘s extensive faculty expertise and research capabilities. It is committed to fostering a collaborative environment, encouraging multidisciplinary engagement in AI research, education, and innovation. This approach aims to unite a diverse community of scientists, engineers, and practitioners in the pursuit of groundbreaking AI advancements.
Co-directed by EPFL Professors Pascal Frossard from the School of Engineering (STI) and Marcel Salathé from the School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC) and the School of Life Sciences (SV), the Center is envisioned as a nexus for AI development and application. “AI’s extensive impact on life, including science and education, demands a collaborative and agile approach. This will enable us to use AI responsibly and productively for the benefit of individuals, communities, institutions, and society,” explained Pascal Frossard.
The EPFL AI Center will also coordinate a variety of AI-related activities. These include educational and strategic initiatives, as well as the institution’s flagship Applied Machine Learning Days (AMLD) event, which serves as a key platform for AI collaboration with industry and the public sector. Marcel Salathé noted: “AMLD is a focal point for our collaboration in AI, aligning with global efforts to understand and mitigate AI-related risks.”
Reflecting global initiatives like the “Bletchley Declaration” — a commitment by 25 countries, including Switzerland, to address AI risks and develop cross-country policies — the Center is geared towards identifying and mitigating potential AI challenges. In the coming months, the EPFL AI Center will provide updates on its progress and developments. These updates will be available on its dedicated website, offering transparency and insight into the Center’s evolution and its contributions to the field of AI.