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Slovenia – The unsung heroes of Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) continues to develop and grow, and increased capabilities and new research contribute to its consistent rise and applications. One of the pioneers of AI and a large contributor of research and development in the field, is Slovenia. Slovenia has been using and developing AI since the early 1970s, when research first began at the Jozef Stefan Institute (JSI) and the University of Ljubljana.

Practical application of developed AI tools began in the 1980s and covered numerous domains including finance, management and healthcare. The 1990s saw the continued expansion of Slovenian AI research from its beginnings in ‘heuristic search’, into areas like machine learning and qualitative reasoning, amongst others. The period also saw an increase in the presence of Slovenian researchers and publications in academia.

Notable achievements for the Slovenian AI industry include ‘The Event Registry’ and ‘COPCAMS’. ‘The Event Registry’ is a system that analyses text news sources. Through this analysis it is able to track global news spread as well as the context of news mentions. In addition to tracking it is also able to predict the spread of news, which can be invaluable information for publishers and those in journalism. ‘COPCAMS’ was the result of the collaboration between 7 European countries which produced a network of cameras able to identify the most important video streams for transmission. Practical applications of such a network include use in the surveillance industry, monitoring of traffic and advanced manufacturing.

Slovenia’s continued AI successes have led to several expansions into the several different laboratories and departments that exist in modern Slovenia, which spends as much on AI research and innovation as its large western counterparts. Slovenia continues to be an active partner in European and international collaborations in AI research projects, and has continued to produce and contribute to modern AI research and outcomes.

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