International Collaboration

Inside leading AI labs one will often find diverse researchers that hail from numerous countries, who also frequently collaborate on research across national borders. But both geopolitical tensions and ethical considerations have put new strains on transnational AI research, potentially jeopardizing the future of collaborative activities.

In the charts below, we present data on two different types of international collaboration:

  1. Researcher-level collaboration: this refers to collaboration between researchers who come from different countries (e.g. when one Google researcher originally from India and one originally from the United States co-author a research paper).
  2. Institution-level collaboration: this refers to collaboration between researchers whose respective institutions are headquartered in different countries (e.g. when a researcher at Microsoft China co-authors a paper with a researcher from Tsinghua University).

Note: All charts below are based on data drawn from papers accepted at NeurIPS 2019. We use the country where a researcher attended undergrad as an imperfect proxy for their country of origin. For more on the study, see the detailed Methodology.