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National Information Processing Institute

A New Artificial Intelligence Web Portal Has Been Launched

A web portal sztucznainteligencja.org.pl is the first Polish Internet service focused entirely on artificial intelligence (AI), automatization and robotics. Technological novelties associated with artificial intelligence, materials about scientific research in the area of AI in Poland and abroad, and the strategies of AI development are only a few topics which will appear here. Readers will find on the portal analyses of newest trends in AI, prognoses and analyses of the development of this technology in Poland and abroad, reportages, as well as interviews with experts. The publisher of the website is the National Information Processing Institute (OPI PIB).

The new medium combines informational and educational functions. In the news section it presents the newest information on scientific research and practical applications of widely understood AI. On the website important ideas on digital technologies, and AI are presented, as well as their authors’ profiles, and information about the most important events regarding AI in Poland and the world. To make navigating on the portal easier, an ”AI dictionary” was developed in consultation with scientists.

The issues concerning artificial intelligence are at the centre of our activity and competency – says Olaf Gajl, Ph.D., the director of the National Information Processing Institute. We base our information systems on data analysis and algorithms of machine learning. We track global trends and compare them to Polish achievements. We also took part in preparing the artificial intelligence development strategy in Poland. The popularization of issues associated with AI is a natural consequences of research interests of OPI PIB and practical actions which we are involved in. That is why, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, we have created a portal, which will focus on a wide array of issues associated with AI.

Practical applications of artificial intelligence are seen today in self-driving vehicles, the Internet of things, or industrial robots. In the future, algorithms and intelligent machines will have an even more common usage in all areas of life: from medicine through education, communication, to the military. That is why a global leadership race is underway in the development of the most advanced AI technologies. If you want to matter in this field, you have to keep up with the trends.

On the website we write on various spheres of life, where AI is already present, but we also present prognoses for the future. AI in the context of science is crucial to us: we talk to scientists and we track the pulse of artificial intelligence around the world – says Robert Sieworek, Ph.D., the web portal’s editor-in-chief.

The entrenchment of the National Information Processing Institute in the scientific community through the creation of big and unique databases at the Institute over the years, and systems collecting the knowledge on science and scientists in Poland allows us to easily reach experts linked to AI. Our current experience indicates as well that we are able to cooperate with the most important scientists in the field of artificial intelligence – adds Olaf Gajl, Ph.D.

From the analyses conducted by the National Information Processing Institute it can be concluded that in the years 1986-2018, only 854 Polish scientists were awarded a Ph.D. degree, or a habilitation degree based on the works in the AI field, or similar topics. In this group the most represented are the doctors (605 people), and there is the smallest number of professors (46 people).

However, during the years 2012-2017 a systematic increase of percentages of people studying at faculties with AI potential has been observed, both on first degree (BA) and second degree (MA) studies, as well as uniform Master’s studies. In recent years, 7,500 graduates of faculty with AI potential have entered the job market annually, but in 2018, only 153 theses (81 BA theses and 72 MA theses) concerned AI in the context of practical applications. During the 2016-2018 years, there were 220 and 269 such theses, respectively.

Image: Artur Traczyk, OPI PIB