Hungary joined the European Union’s initiative on artificial intelligence at an event marking Digital Day 2018 in Brussels on Tuesday.
József Pálinkás, head of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office (NKFIH), signed the document under which member states will coordinate their efforts to do research in, make use of, and draft legal regulations pertaining to artificial intelligence, the office said.
The Visegrád Group member countries published a separate statement showing that they would jointly encourage developments in the field.
The NKFIH announced in January 2018 that it would allocate 1 billion forints (EUR 3.2m) to supporting research linked to artificial intelligence (AI).
AI research involves several disciplines of science, such as mathematics, robotics and machine learning, in which several Hungarian research teams are in the frontline in international comparison, Pálinkás said.
A sub-category in the National Excellence Programme and the EU initiative that Hungary has just signed will open new perspectives, including targeted EU support for research teams and industrial-research cooperation projects, he added.