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AI Is the Future, And Slovenia Holds The Key

When artificial intelligence started becoming more than just a science fiction buzzword, Slovenia was one of the first countries to embrace it — as far back as the early 1970s. The investment continues to this day, and the Financial Times reports that Slovenia and the Czech Republic both continue to spend as much on research and innovation as other larger western European countries.

Made Possible By The JSI

As a result of its dedication to the field, Slovenian AI research has achieved international attention. Many projects involve collaborations with organizations and nations around the world. The Event Registry is an example of an entirely Slovenian project developed with the aid of European funding. The tool is a system that analyzes more than 100,000 text news sources in various languages to track how news spreads from one location to the rest of the globe, including story development and the context in which the news is mentioned.

It’s also capable of making predictions concerning the spread of news, which has proved to be especially enticing for media publishers. At present, Event Registry is limited in the scope of its analysis to text sources, such as blogs and tweets, but researchers hope to include televised news in the future.

COPCAMS (which stands for cognitive and perceptive cameras) was the fruit of a partnership between institutes of seven European countries, including the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia (JSI). Its goal was to create large-scale AI vision systems. Networks of cameras known as cognitive and perceptive video systems are able to use visual or auditory information to decide which video streams are the most important to transmit. Applications include the surveillance industry, monitoring of traffic patterns and advanced manufacturing.

A collaboration between researchers in Japan and those at the JSI aims to advance multiobjective optimization for real-world applications. The project will allow for the design of evolutionary algorithms, which it then combines with visualization tools and real-world applications.

Over many business trips to Slovenia, I learned more about the history of Slovenian AI and the JSI’s leadership. Key researchers said one of their biggest challenges was bringing AI developments to commercial markets in the United States. As the former vice chairman and chief strategist at Comtrade Group, the largest IT solutions and software company in Slovenia, I was able to bridge the gap for JSI researchers. With the help of Comtrade Group, scalable solutions are now being deployed for both U.S. and European markets.

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