CLAIRE offers help in the Coronavirus crisis
In these challenging times caused by the worldwide outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, CLAIRE - Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe, wants to give its contribution to European countries that are struggling with the situation. For this purpose, CLAIRE has established a COVID-19 Taskforce.
On March 23rd CLAIRE sent an open letter to several European governments and the EU. In this letter Professor Holger H. Hoos, Chair of the Executive Board of CLAIRE, states that artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have proven effective in supporting the management of the COVID-19 crises in China, Taiwan, Singapore and South Korea. According to Hoos, Europe can learn from their experiences. CLAIRE's community of Europe's leading scientists and researchers is therefore offering its skills and competence for free, with the goal to help European governments, health systems and public administration to cope with this difficult and extraordinary situation.
Furthermore, Hoos emphasizes several areas where AI can be used to successfully support the COVID-19 crisis management. Concrete examples of the successful and promising use of AI are intensive care data analysis, epidemiologic data analysis, mobility data analysis, protein and molecular data analysis, open research dataset and literature analysis.
Besides the practical challenges in managing this crisis, there is a number of other challenges that effect the implementation of different measures. Nevertheless, any measures in the crisis management must be based on and respect European values, the same values that were adopted in establishing CLAIRE. According to Professor Hoos, European values play an important role in how we can and should use AI techniques, particularly those that require the use of sensitive data. CLAIRE has considerable expertise, in the form of world-leading experts in AI ethics, that can help governments and the public sector in the difficult task of safeguarding those values to the largest possible degree, while protecting the health and well-being of citizens across Europe. In working with sensitive data, ClAIRE´s researchers will also be fully committed to respecting European citizens' privacy, in accordance with European values, fundamental rights and existing regulations.
Professor Hoos´ message is clear; CLAIRE stands ready to provide expertise and coordination, on a volunteer basis. Make use of it, both for the benefit of those public institutions that are in the front line in dealing with the situation, and for the benefit of citizens and societies across Europe!
NORA supports CLAIRE´s initiative and urges the Norwegian government in making use of relevant AI research environments both in Norway and Europe in order to tackle the current crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.