China, France and the Netherlands Renew Agreement to Strengthen Cooperation on Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence
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On July 11th, the agreement for Sino-European Laboratory in Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (known as LIAMA Consortium) was signed by three founding members which were the Institute of Automation of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (known as CASIA), Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique (known as Inria, France) and Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (known as CWI, the Netherlands). Prof. Jie Zhang (Vice President of the CAS), H. Exc. Mr. Jean-Maurice RIPERT (Ambassador of France to China), H. Exc. Mr. Paul MENKVELD (Ambassador of Kingdom of the Netherlands to China) and Mr. Xuehua Zhu (Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Science and Technology) witnessed the signing ceremony. According to the new agreement, LIAMA Consortium promises to provide opportunities for collaboration with complementary advantages in important research fields such as Information Technology and Artificial Intelligence, and to provide a mature and stable platform for deepen collaboration between China and Europe.


LIAMA was co-founded in 1997 by the CAS and Inria as the first joint research lab between China and France. In the year 2008, LIAMA was approved by the MOST to upgrade into an International Joint Research Center at national level and changed the title from Sino-French into to Sino-European after research institutes such as CWI joined in the consortium. Till 2017, twenty-years have witnessed fruitful competition and outcomes.


The Brainnetome Project has drawn the whole brain fine zoning map and the whole brain connectivity map, which attracted the attention of the international counterparts.Series of research results of Human-Machine Interaction have become the main focus of the national key research and development plan. The cooperation in neural computing chips has greatly promoted the research of brain-liked chips China.These work created a long-term joint research platform for the CAS; promoted collaboration of research between China and Europe; and contributed to the development of China’s international relationship.


China, France and the Netherlands Signing a Renewed Agreement (Image by CASIA)