GÉANT and the ShanghAI Lectures – building a global Artificial Intelligence community
Artificial Intelligence is both a fast moving and extremely varied topic crossing into disciplines such as computer science, neuroscience, informatics and philosophy. The challenge is to bring together students and academics involved in Artificial Intelligence from across the world to create a global, cross-disciplinary community for real-time teaching and knowledge sharing.
Ensuring the seamless and cost-effective global delivery of the videoconference lectures would be impossible through commercial internet providers. This means that the project relies on the high capacity, guaranteed bandwidth and speed of research networks including Swiss national research and education network (NREN) SWITCH, the GÉANT pan-European network and 12 national and international networks across the globe. Using the power of research networks, the ShanghAI Lecture series enables advanced, real-time e-learning in a virtual global lecture hall, allowing students and researchers to learn and share knowledge together.
Through the close collaboration created by the ShanghAI Lectures knowledge on cutting-edge AI topics is now accessible to the entire global community. Over the last three years more than 1000 participants from over 40 universities on 5 continents have been part of the programme, driving collaboration, knowledge sharing and new ways of teaching.