IVI Unveils Innovative Projects at the Opening of the Annual e-Government Alliance Session

Professor dr. Dubravko Ćulibrk, the Director of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence of Serbia, presented the activities and current projects that IVI researchers are working on at the first session of the NALED Alliance for e-Government this year.

According to him, the vision of the Institute is to become a center of excellence that develops experts in the field of artificial intelligence application and contributes to the creation of a knowledge-based economy.

“One of the projects we are currently working on is the translation of all RTS audio recordings into text format, which will provide us with a data corpus that will be the basis for our version of ChatGPT. We have also developed translation software for 53 languages, which we continue to improve. In collaboration with the Ministry of Health, we are working on a mammogram processing model, which operates on the principle of alerting when a finding requires additional doctor’s attention. As floods are a frequent occurrence in our country, we are currently developing solutions for their prediction and prevention. Our team currently counts about 50 researchers”, stated professor dr. Ćulibrk.

During the session, there was talk about additional investments in the development of artificial intelligence and a new AI Development Strategy until 2030. As stated by Stefan Badža, an advisor in the office of the Prime Minister of Serbia, the focus of the new strategy is to ensure more flexible regulation and provide facilitations for companies wanting to implement innovations.

Badža reminded that during 2023, the issue of legislative activity in this area was initiated and Ethical Guidelines for the development of artificial intelligence were adopted in collaboration with NALED.

“Throughout this year, we will begin working on drafting the law, following the activities of the EU, i.e., the adoption of the Artificial Intelligence Act expected in April. By the end of 2026, there is a plan to invest 30 million euros in another supercomputer, which will be free for researchers and startups, 20 million euros in software for the public sector, primarily in health, energy, and transport, as well as 30 million euros in incentives for the development of artificial intelligence”, Badža added. He also mentioned that additional investments will be made in startups since a quarter of them are developing AI solutions.