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Please find the outline of the conference programme below. If you are interested in speaking opportunities, please contact Joe Rossiter at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 078.


Thursday 18 October, 2018


09:00 – 09:15


09:10 – 11:05

Keynote Session - European and International Cooperation

This high-level session will bring together policymakers and business 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.

The session will be introduced by Paul Adamson.

09:15 – 09:55

Keynote Session - Europe's Cutting Edge: AI in the EU

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission
Mounir Mahjoubi, Secrétaire d'État au Numérique / Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, French Government
David J. Redl, Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S Department of Commerce

09:55 – 10:30

Keynote Interview

Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission
Mounir Mahjoubi, Secrétaire d'État au Numérique / Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, French Government
Stéphane Negre, President, Intel France
Moderator: Representative, Organisation (tbc)

10:30 – 11:05

Keynote Session - Global AI: Cooperation and Competition

His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Government of the United Arab Emirates
Mabito Yoshida, Director-General of the Global Strategy Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Japan

11:05 – 11:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:30 – 12:00

Interview: Enabling AI in Europe

Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Edmondo Orlotti, Business Development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Representative, National Government (tbc)
Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe


12:00 – 13:00

Data and Innovation: From R&D to Marketplace

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 a regulatory and a practical level, as well the opportunities this provides to the public sector. This will include discussions around research and development, publicly open data sets, federated data and what a functioning data focused economy looks like. As more industries adapt to AI based software services, the need to take the appropriate regulatory approach is crucial.

Ott Velsberg, Chief Data Officer, Republic of Estonia
Bénédicte Javelot, Chief Strategic Officer, Orange
Dirk Jendroska, Head of Machine Learning Strategy, SAP
Olivier Thereaux, Head of Technology, Open Data Institute (ODI)

13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Responsible AI

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.

Jim Dratwa, Head of EGE Office, European Commission
Thomas Boué, Director-General, Policy - EMEA, BSA | The Software Alliance
Estelle Massé, Senior Policy Analyst and Global Data Protection Lead , Access Now
Representative, Industry (tbc)

15:00 – 15:30

Keynote Interview

Representative, Industry (tbc)

15:30 – 15:45

Refreshment and Networking Break

15:45 – 16:45

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 reskilling), and to ensure as far as possible, the education systems react to and reflect the changing nature of our economies.

Max Craglia, Lead Scientist, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder and CEO, Unmanned Life
Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW, European Commission
Representative, Industry (tbc)

16:45 – 16:50

Conference Close



Thursday 18 October, 2018
09.00 to 18.00




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Chaussée de Louvain 24,
B1210 Bruxelles

Tel: +32 483 11 10 31

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