Pioneer centre for artificial intelligence headed by world-leading American AI researcher

Headed by world-leading American AI researcher, Serge Belongie, and with a good DKK 350 million to back it, the centre will conduct world-class artificial intelligence research focusing on societal challenges, people and design.

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You may find more information on the pioneer centre plans here:

University of Copenhagen

The Danish National Research Foundation

The Danish National Research Foundation, the Carlsberg Foundation, the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Lundbeck Foundation and VILLUM FONDEN now enter contract negotiations with Danish universities about the establishment of the up to now greatest research centre for artificial intelligence in Denmark. 

"Denmark has fantastically well-organised data collection across public institutions that one would never come across in the United States. Data that makes it possible to harness the possibilities of artificial intelligence and, for example, predict the earlier stages of breast cancer, monitor endangered species or make urban planning smarter," states Professor Serge Belongie, the pioneer centre’s future director.  

The participating universities are Aalborg University, Aarhus University, DTU, the IT University and the University of Copenhagen - and the centre will be situated at University of Copenhagen's Faculty of Science. 

If you need more information on VILLUM FONDEN's role in the project please don't hesitate to contact us:

Anna Høxbro Bak
Communications Adviser, THE VELUX FOUNDATIONS
+45 22 64 03 55
Thomas Bjørnholm
Executive Chief Scientific Officer, professor, VILLUM FONDEN
+45 28 75 18 35


Professor Thomas Bjørnholm is responsible for the foundation’s research programmes in technical and natural sciences.
Previously Thomas Bjørnholm was Prorector for Research and Innovation and Deputy Rector at the University of Copenhagen with overall responsibility for research and innovation across all disciplines at the university.

He is a professor of Materials Chemistry and the founding director of the Nano-Science Center at the University of Copenhagen.

Thomas Bjørnholm is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences and he has served on numerous boards and committees.

As a scientist, he has published more than 200 articles in scientific journals and books including contributions to the highly-recognized journals Nature and Science. He has given more than 150 invited talks at conferences and research institutes around the world and received research awards, including the Ole Rømer Foundation Award, the Ellen & Niels Bjerrum Award and gold medal, and the Director Ib Henriksen Award.

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