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Please find the outline of the conference programme below. If you are interested in speaking opportunities at next year's event, please contact Rose Maloney at or on +44 (0) 2920 783 070.


Tuesday 18 September, 2018


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:20

Keynote Session

Moderator: Irena Bednarich, Director Corporate Affairs, Continental Europe, Middle East and Africa, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Mattia Fantinati, Under Secretary of State for Public Administration, Italy
Karol Okoński, Secretary of State, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Poland
Edmondo Orlotti, Business Development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

10:20 – 11:30

Efficiencies of AI for the Public Sector

Artificial Intelligence could transform public service delivery. Either through cost-saving tied to smarter, simpler online services or by closing the gap between administrations and their citizens, AI-based services could help public authorities focus and expand their activities. These activities are actualised through both national and pan-European strategies. At an EU level, the Commission’s AI strategy released in April 2018 emphasised the need for rolling-out public sector AI, with measures planned to facilitate the re-use of public sector data and funding earmarked for new platforms to exchange information and expertise across borders. At national level, European governments are setting out their own national strategies to develop AI, invest in research and support new applications, notably in France, Finland and Estonia.

10:20 – 10:35

Opening keynote speech

Mario Campolargo, Deputy Director-General, DG DIGIT, European Commission

10:35 – 11:30

Panel discussion

Moderator: Alea Fairchild, Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute

Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Charles-Pierre Astolfi, Secretary General, French National Digital Council
Ulrike Kleifeld, VP Strategy, Public Services, Industries Blockchain Lead, SAP
Emilia Garito, CEO, Quantum Leap IP

11:30 – 11:45

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:45 – 13:00

HPC for the Public Sector

High-performance computing (HPC) is widely regarded as a vital element of the data revolution that is transforming the way we think about the provision of public sector services. Globally, HPC is progressing at an exponential pace but more needs to be done in Europe to ensure that public institutions at all levels have access to world-class supercomputing facilities. With the European High Performance Computing Joint Undertaking proposal expected to be formally adopted by the Council of the European Union in September and with 21 European countries now signed up to the EuroHPC Declaration, now is a critical time to discuss the way forward for high-performance computing in Europe.

Moderator: Alea Fairchild, Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute

Leonardo Flores, HPC Expert, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Fabrizio Gagliardi, Senior Strategy Advisor, Institutional - European Relations, Barcelona Supercomputing Center
Marek Magryś, Cyfronet


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

AI in Healthcare

AI applications are at an early stage in the healthcare sector but have great potential. Uses range from dealing with patient queries to early detection of diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Cancers. AI also brings with it, however, some key challenges, including the use and processing of the data on which it relies. This panel brought together key stakeholders to discuss what role the public sector can play in driving the development of AI’s usages in the healthcare sector on both a national and European level.

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Costica Dumbrava, eHealth, Well-being & Ageing, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Daniela Intravaia, Head of International Activities Coordination and Interim Head of National Planning, Agency for a Digital Italy
Jesse Paquette, Co-founder, CSO,

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

15:30 – 16:30

AI and Justice

Justice and security is one area in which AI is forecast to make a substantial impact. Several projects have been carried out across Europe to examine the potential applications of AI in fighting terrorism and in boosting the efficiency of criminal investigations, traditional judicial systems and decision-making processes.

Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Cristian Nicolau, Head of Unit, E-Justice, IT and document management, DG JUST, European Commission
Edmondo Orlotti, Business Development for High Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Virginie Martins De Nobrega, Lawyer; Conflict Expert; Senior Strategy, Innovation, Advocacy Advisor



Tuesday 18 September, 2018
08.30 to 16.30




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