Amazon and Google among backers of new INSAIT institute • The Register

Goal to prevent brain drain of talented computer scientists from region…

A new Eastern Europe-based research institute aimed at advancing artificial intelligence (AI) and computing is trying to stem the flood of talented computer scientists exiting the region for the West.

INSAIT, or the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Technology, is being established in the Bulgarian capital Sofia with the aim of creating an institution to match those in Western Europe and elsewhere.

The facility is an initiative from the Bulgarian government, created in partnership with two Swiss research universities, ETH Zurich and EPFL.

It is backed by a 10-year initial endowment of $100 million from the government, with the long-term goal of bridging the scientific innovation gap between Eastern and Western Europe and establishing the region as a leading centre for computing research.

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