Russia to Open an International Institute on AI

President Putin to address the 2nd edition of AI Journey conference on Dec 4

December 3, Moscow: An international three-day conference on artificial intelligence and data science, called Artificial Intelligence Journey (AI Journey) started in Moscow today with the participation of over 25,000 people from 87 countries. Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the participants on Friday, December 4.

Speaking at the opening session of the conference, president and CEO, Sberbank, Herman Gref said, “Sber will open Russia’s first AI institute inviting data scientists and AI specialists from all over the world.” According to him, “This would be the first institute of its kind in the world and it will try to attract data-scientists and AI specialists from other countries too, including India, of course.”

Earlier in the conference, first deputy chairman of the executive board, Sberbank, Alexander Vedyakhin said, “Every year, stakeholders get more interested in our conference, and its status is growing as it becomes one of the most authoritative in the world. And it is great because a huge number of participants from all over the world create synergy and come up with the most imaginative ideas. This conference is very important for the implementation of the National AI Development Strategy 2030, in the development of which Sber was involved directly. After all, this is an opportunity to demonstrate unique domestic solutions, position our country on the global AI map, and make sure we’re on the same page by assessing how the strategy and tactics of Russia’s AI transformation comply with the best global practices.”

AI Journey is the largest platform for obtaining up-to-date information about AI and its application in Russia and abroad. The event is hosted by Sberbank in cooperation with leading Russian and foreign companies. In 2019, AI Journey was held online and attracted more than 150 leading industry experts as speakers, thus hitting the world’s Top 5 DS/AI conferences by the number of participants. This year, it has already become the Top 1 AI/DS event in terms of the number of participants. Incidentally, India tops the number of foreign participants who have registered for AIJ this year.

Over 200 leading Russian and international experts are expected to speak at the three-day AIJ conference. Among the experts who have confirmed their attendance are Mike Davies, director of the Neuromorphic Computing Lab, Intel; Michael Hind, Distinguished Research Staff Member in the IBM Research AI department; Laurens van der Maaten, Research Director, Facebook AI Research; and Jürgen Schmidhuber, IDSIA Lab Director.

This year, the event will also feature AI Journey Junior, an online conference for middle and high school students, and an online conference on solutions in machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, neuromorphic and heterogeneous computing, to name a few.

The registration is still open, it’s free and available on the conference website at




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