The ELLIS Network

The ELLIS Network’s focus is fundamental research excellence in AI in Europe, advancing the state of the art, generating technological innovation and creating positive social and economic impact.

ELLIS was created in 2018 as a result of a movement of the European scientific and research community in Artificial Intelligence, with the aim of placing our continent on the forefront of excellent research in artificial intelligence.

ELLIS Units

ELLIS’ focus is fundamental research excellence, advancing the state of the art, generating technological innovation and creating positive social and economic impact. Its creation is part of the need to turn Europe into a pioneering region in AI research, since the world leadership in research, innovation and deployment/use of Artificial Intelligence is found in North America and China. Europe cannot afford not to have technological sovereignty in a discipline as strategic as Artificial Intelligence.

ELLIS focuses on the machine learning discipline within Artificial Intelligence, which is the area behind the great advances in modern AI. The ELLIS strategy is based on three pillars to reinforce the technological excellence and sovereignty of Europe in this field of such competitive value:

  • Attracting, inspiring, cultivating and connecting the best doctoral students in Europe through a pan-European doctoral program that has €12 million in European funding through the ELISE programme.

  • Connecting the best European researchers through ELLIS research programs, made up of Fellows and Scholars, and dedicated to diverse topics, from basic research in theory and algorithms to applications of AI in health and life sciences climate and humanistic aspects of AI.

  • Creating a network of ELLIS units located in prestigious European institutions or created from scratch to carry out research of excellence in modern Artificial Intelligence in Europe. After three competitive selection calls, ELLIS has launched 35 ELLIS units spread across 14 European countries and Israel, thus forming a network of excellence of laboratories for research in AI applied to various fields for the benefit of all sectors of society.