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Thursday 18 October, 2018


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:30

Keynote Session - European and International Cooperation

This high-level session will bring together policymakers from the EU, member states and from outside of Europe, to talk about national and international policy approaches to AI, and to look at how Europe is developing its own coherent strategy to support the delivery of European competitiveness in the area of AI.

- Where can Europe take a global leadership role?
- What are the next steps towards the development of a European strategy on AI?
- What can international cooperation, between governments, the public sector and private business, deliver?

10:30 – 11:15

International Roundtable Discussion

11:15 – 11:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:30 – 11:45

Keynote Speech

11:45 – 13:00

Research and Innovation: Access, Reuse and the Sharing of Data

Data is the lifeblood of AI and machine learning. For AI to make the contribution its potential suggests, the responsible liberation of data will be key. This session will look at the latest European and global policy thinking in the area and will draw on international perspectives and case studies that demonstrate the possibilities, and the constraints, of access to data. This will be considered from both regulatory and practical levels such as AI's practical applications in sectors such as healthcare, energy and transport as well as the opportunities this provides to the public sector. This will include discussions around research and development, data privacy, publicly open data sets and federated data. As more industries adapt to AI based software services, the need to take the appropriate regulatory approach is crucial.


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Cooperating to Develop Appropriate Ethical and Legal Frameworks

The European Commission is proposing that the ethical development and use of artificial intelligence will be based on the EU’s fundamental rights. Many companies and industry coalitions are working on the development of codes of conduct for the use of AI, specifically around data veracity, the training of algorithms, supervised and unsupervised learning, and on what might constitute biased or unbiased data. The issues here are multifarious and complex, with additional cross-cutting considerations such as the diversity of the workforce delivering the development, programming and training of algorithms forming a central pillar of work in the area of bias.

This session will look at these questions and will also take a practical view with examples of where ethical and bias questions have been addressed in the field.

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

15:30 – 16:30

Modernising European Education and Training Systems: The Social Impact of AI

It is generally accepted that greater automation and AI will impact on the future of work. As with the discussion around the mitigation of bias and discrimination, the public policy response to the changing nature of work will be critical to the positive impact that AI can have within society. This session will look at the latest work being done by the EU, national and global governments, to develop the necessary workforce and skills base to maximise the potential of AI (for instance around up-skilling and re-skilling), and to ensure as far as possible, the education systems react to and reflect the changing nature of our economies.

16:30 – 16:50

Closing Keynote Interview



Thursday 18 October, 2018
08.30 to 18.00





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