AI4PublicPolicy Project Kicks-Off!
The AI4PublicPolicy project started in March 2021, exploring new forms of innovation, through a joint effort of policy makers and Cloud/AI experts to unveil AI’s potential for automated, transparent and citizen-centric development of public policies. The project receives funding from the Horizon 2020 programme for a 36-month period, under the topic “Pilot on using the European cloud infrastructure for public administrations”.
AI4PublicPolicy will deliver, validate, demonstrate and promote a novel open cloud platform, i.e., the AI4PublicPolicy Platform, an open Virtualized Policy Management Environment (VPME) that will provide fully-fledged policy development and management functionalities based on AI technologies, such as Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), NLP and chatbots. The AI4PublicPolicy VPME will be integrated with European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) with the dual objective to facilitate access to the Cloud and High Performance Computer (HPC) resources of EOSC/EGI that are required to enable the project’s AI tools, and to boost the sustainability and wider use of the project’s developments.
A primary project goal is to leverage citizens’ participation and feedback for the development and optimization of citizen-centric policies. The citizen-oriented feedback will be derived through five different user-driven pilots organised by the project’s participating Public Authorities, i.e., City of Athens IT Company (DAEM), Comune di Genova (CFG), Lefkosia Municipality (NIC), Lisboa E-Nova – Agência Municipal de Energia e Ambiente (LIS), and Municipality Prague (PRA), in their countries.
AI4PublicPolicy targets the deployment and validation of its cloud platform (VPME) and AI tools in the scope of relevant policy making environments with the participation of policy makers of the public authorities of the consortium and based on real datasets.
To engage stakeholders and the required resources in the validation and evaluation activities, the pilot themes were organised as follows:
- Pilot #1: Policies for Infrastructures Maintenance and Repair; Policies for Parking Space Management and Urban Mobility (DAEM in Greece).
- Pilot #2: Policies for Citizens and Business Services Optimization (CFG in Italy).
- Pilot #3: Policies for Holistic Urban Mobility and Accessibility (NIC in Cyprus).
- Pilot #4: Energy Management and Optimization Policies (LIS in Portugal).
- Pilot #5: Urban Planning and Urban Mobility Policies (PRA in Czech Republic).
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