The rapid development in applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a unique chance for the industry and the universities in the Capital Region of Denmark.
“We envision a development for the 2020’ies in which AI will become a growth factor to the Capital Region, much like telecom catalyzed growth in Northern Jutland in the 1980’ies, and robotics continue to do the same at Fyn,” says Professor Lars Kai Hansen, DTU Compute.
In collaboration with CBS, ITU, and the University of Copenhagen, DTU will set up a range of new AI projects with participation from companies. As a start, the four universities have established 12 joint postdoc positions in order to enhance AI activity.
“We have a strong tradition for user involvement. Also, Denmark tops the charts of the most digitized countries. This puts us in an ideal position when it comes to creating digital solutions that respect the privacy and interests of individual citizens. This is something which will soon become in high demand internationally,” says Lars Kai Hansen.
AI can contribute to solving societal challenges in numerous ways. For instance, we will need AI to ensure a well-functioning health care sector as the average life expectancy continues to increase – with more chronic patients as a known consequence. Also, AI is key to ensure efficient control of the energy system, allowing for smooth integration of fluctuating, renewable energy forms and thus contributing to climate protection. Other positive AI applications are increased security in traffic, and a general improvement of efficiency in industry, again making companies more competitive and thus contributing to growth.
Not surprisingly, Denmark is not alone at the AI scene. For instance, both Germany and Sweden have announced extensive investments and new AI initiatives, including a range of professorships.
“The recent Danish allocation of 300 million DKK for IT and AI research is really positive. Still, if we are to reach the level of Sweden and Germany, we need to make the same investment every year for at least the next five years, so an investment of 1.5 billion DKK in total,” comments Lars Kai Hansen.
High Tech Summit 2019 will be the place to follow the AI efforts in the Capital Region.
“It’s no use closing your eyes to the changes. We need to constantly keep up and try to influence the process.”
Professor Jan Madsen, DTU Compute