On Tuesday, December 3, the Capital City of Prague held a panel discussion at the Prague House in Brussels on the role of cities and regions in the European ecosystem of artificial intelligence. Prague, together with the Czech Republic, have the ambition and great potential to become a leader in the field of artificial intelligence. One of the key objectives is to build a European Center of Excellence and attract world scientists to Prague.
Artificial intelligence is one of the main priorities of the European Commission for the programming period 2021-2027 and so the Czech Republic seized the opportunity to become an active player in this area while Prague is turning into an international hub that cooperates with other leading centres in Europe. The City of Prague, ASCR, CTU and Charles University has jointly established prg.ai association (link) with a purpose is to make Prague the centre of artificial intelligence, attract world-class scientists, broaden the base of the Czech artificial intelligence talent and help to establish new technology companies and start-ups. The European Commission will also, in the near future, address a fundamental decision where Centres of Excellence in artificial intelligence will be established. Prague has thus an opportunity to put itself to the world map of AI and build on the already established activities.
The co-organizers of the discussion were the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU. The Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, attended the discussion, as well as the Vice-President of the European Commission Věra Jourová and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Karel Havlíček.