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July 14, 2021
Student awards for collaboration in Data Science in funding of PBC (VATAT)
MLIS is pleased to inform you of the 2021 student awards annual for cross-PI collaboration in Data Science. This PBC-funded award aims to promote research collaborations in the Data Sciences between 2 Technion PIs through joint student supervision. The awards given are up to 12,000 ILS for a Master’s students and 15,000 ILS for PhD students. Additional info and selection criteria are available here.    
July 1, 2021
New HPC infrastructure available for MLIS members
MLIS member, Prof. Roy Friedman, updates with information on newly available HPC infrastructure:
The Technion has recently purchased a cluster of 4 DGX-A100 servers.
Each server sports eight A100 cards connected by NVidia's nvlink and nvswitch technology (600 Gbps).
The servers are connected by Mellanox 200 Gbps IB switches - each of the 8 cards of each server is independently connected to one of the switches.
Each server has 40GB of memory.
This is already the strongest AI cluster in Israeli academia and the good news is that four additional servers are in the process of being ordered!
The cluster is managed using a slurm job queue and jobs are encapsulated in containers giving maximum flexibility for the runtime environment.
Usage is currently free for Technion researchers and at the moment the cluster is underutilized.
Sometime later this summer we will start charging a symbolic usage fee and later in the autumn this might be raised a bit but will remain much cheaper than any alternative I am aware of.
More information can be found here.
To open an account, fill in this form and remember to check the "GPU Users" box in the affiliation field.
Roy Friedman
July 1, 2021
Road2-MLIS summer AI acceleration program for Technion graduates
Road2 in collaboration with MLIS, is initiating an acceleration program that will allow Technion graduates in fields related to Artificial Intelligence to explore business opportunities based on AI technology. This short acceleration program will be held during August and September for a period of 8 weeks.  Note that the program is open only to Technion graduates who are not active students. Kindly refer this info to your relevant graduates. For additional details and registration

June 24, 2021
Joint collaboration with Apple Israel
Apple Israel would like to examine options for future joint research projects with Technion-MLIS researchers within the following research fields:
  1. ML methods for solving global optimization problems, such as those encountered in Hardware design and verification procedures.
  2. Methods for verification and troubleshooting of ML models.
Interested MLIS PIs, kindly fill-in the following form  
June 23, 2021
All AI-related calls-for-proposals in the Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2021-2022
After many delays, the European Commission published, on June 15th, the official Horizon Europe Work Programme for 2021-2022. All the AI-related calls-for-proposals are aggregated here: HE_All_AI_21-22 Note that topic headers can sometimes be misleading and thus it's worthwhile closely examine the call text. Should you need assistance in deciphering what can sometimes be a cryptic text - please contact MLIS' business development manager, Sagiv Segal.
June 20, 2021
Japan-Israel joint call-for-proposals (ISF)
ISF launched (June 8th) its Japan-Israel joint call-for-proposals. The call is focused on social sciences. MLIS researchers dealing with interfaces between AI and social sciences which seek a Japanese partner for collaboration  - we aggregated the most prolific Japanese AI researchers according to AI sub-fields (CSRanking data).

Registration deadline is 5.8.21

Submission deadline is 12.8.21

The list is accessible here: Japanese Researchers_AI
June 2, 2021
Call for proposals – Organization of AI -related Summer/Winter Schools for PhDs and Postdocs
The ELLIS Society published its first call for the organization of summer/winter schools for the 2022 ELLIS PhD & Postdoc Program cycle, to be held over one week. The deadline for applications is August 15, 2021. More details can be found here
June 2, 2021
Open call for MLIS researchers working in collaboration with AI start-ups
The European Network of AI Excellence Centers (ELISE) will select 16 SMEs and start-ups in one of the ELISE/ELLIS focus areas with the support of a Scientific Advisor (MLIS researcher). The companies selected will take part in a six-month program and receive up to 60,000 euros in funding. MLIS is one of the ELLIS societies and all MLIS members are eligible to act as a Scientific Advisor to the company.  This open call is intended for researchers who advise the SME (startup) in developing the AI application or service. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2021. More details can be found here
April 20, 2021
The new AI/ML and Energy research call is now open for submissions!
The 1st joint call-for-proposals in the fields of AI/ML and Energy research is now open for submission to MLIS/GTEP members only. Should you require assistance in locating an MLIS/GTEP collaborator, please contact Sagiv Segal (MLIS), or Galit Kinar (GTEP).