Perhaps surprisingly, there has been active research collaboration between INRIA, France, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences for more than 20 years through the joint LIAMA initiative . In the early days, the collaboration could be seen as stimulating our Chinese colleagues to aspire to publishing in international venues. As can be clearly seen from the Elsevier report "Artificial Intelligence: How knowledge is created, transferred, and used" published in 2018 , this situation is changing rapidly.The question now is to what extent Europe can compete with a system that is being stimulated with huge amounts of money and, perhaps more importantly, attracting Chinese scholars who have trained abroad to come back to China and run their, well-funded, research groups there.
The response at the European level is to collaborate openly in science. What does this mean for computer science departments and research institutes in Europe? What does this mean for individual researchers?
Should we feel threatened? Or should we welcome the opportunity to collaborate with our excellent Chinese colleagues to accelerate the development of our field?
Prof. Lynda Hardman
Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam
Prof. Lynda Hardman (http://www.cwi.nl/~lynda/) is Manager Research & Strategy at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, Amsterdam, (https://www.cwi.nl) and Professor of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
She was the president of Informatics Europe, IE, (2016-2017) and is the current past president (http://www.informatics-europe.org/). During her time as board member, she founded the IE working group Women in Informatics Research and Education around 2012. The mission of IE is to foster the development of quality research and teaching in informatics within Europe.
She is the current director of Amsterdam Data Science (http://amsterdamdatascience.nl), whose mission is to facilitate and develop a Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region.
Prof. Hardman is the European director of LIAMA (http://liama.ia.ac.cn), a research collaboration of more than 20 years between INRIA, CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.