EU SPATIAL Project Aims to Create Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 05 October 2021

The newly adopted Recovery and Resilience Facility has earmarked €134 billion for the EU’s digital transition. Part of this budget will enable the EU to become a global leader in cutting-edge, trustworthy AI. 

The European approach to artificial intelligence (AI) should help to build a resilient Europe for the Digital Decade where people and businesses can make the most of its benefits. 

To help further define its vision, the European Commission has developed an AI strategy to go hand in hand with the European approach to AI.  The Commission will also mobilise investments from the private sector and the Member States to reach an annual investment volume of €20 billion over the course of the digital decade until 2030. 

In this context, the SPATIAL project (Security and Privacy Accountable Technology Innovations, Algorithms, and Machine Learning) is an EU project that seeks to address the challenges of AI and data management in cybersecurity by designing resilient metrics, privacy-preserving methods, verification tools and a reliable system framework. 

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation Programme, the project has officially launched. Its consortium is coordinated by Dr. Aaron Ding from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, and formed by 12 partners across 8 EU member states - Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Serbia and Estonia. The consortium combines long-standing research expertise in AI, cybersecurity, IoT, edge computing, and lab-to-market know-how. 

Through the funding of over €4 million, the project covers data privacy, resilience engineering, and legal-ethical accountability that are in line with the EU’s top agenda to achieve trustworthy AI. In addition, the work carried out in SPATIAL on both social and technical aspects will aim to establish appropriate governance and regulatory framework for AI-driven security in Europe. As well as its technical ambition, SPATIAL will facilitate skill development and education for AI security. 

Projects like SPATIAL will foster excellence in AI and strengthen Europe’s potential to compete globally. 

The EU will achieve this by: 

  1. Enabling the development and uptake of AI in the EU 

  1. Making the EU the place where AI thrives 

  1. Ensuring that AI works for people and is a force for good in society 

  1. Building strategic leadership in high-impact sectors. 

Find out more about SPATIAL here. 

Read the press release on the launch of the SPATIAL programme at the bottom of this page. 

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