MOSCOW, August 18 (RAPSI) — The National Artificial Intelligence Center will be launched in September, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said addressing the International military-technical forum Army-2022.

The center is to be established as a key platform for finding and analyzing effective AI solutions for business, science and the government. The new structure will also contribute to the development of the competencies of more than 2,000 AI system participants, with whom the government has been cooperating over the past years: research institutes, authorities, technology corporations, communities and developers.

Projects are being supported since 2021 in the framework of the federal project "Artificial Intelligence," Chernyshenko said.

More than 430 developers of promising AI solutions and open-source libraries received grants and passed acceleration programs. Until 2024, it is planned to at least double this number. Eight breakthrough projects received state funding to test technologies at Russian entities. After successful piloting, these technologies can be introduced into the mass sector via the National Artificial Intelligence Center.

At a special plenary session, the event participants focused on the training of personnel for the industry. As Chernyshenko noted, at the moment the personnel shortage was about 5,000 specialists. Within the framework of the federal Artificial Intelligence project, comprehensive training of specialists ranging from secondary and higher education to professional development programs was being carried out.

On behalf of the President, educational programs in the field of AI are being actively implemented in Russia. Already this year, a third of Russian schoolchildren are to be trained in AI as part of specialized school programs. Leading Russian universities will launch specialized master's programs from September 1. More than 2,000 people will take additional professional education programs, Chernyshenko said.

By 2025, AI technologies are to be massively applied by public authorities and corporations, according to Chernyshenko.