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


Tuesday 9 October, 2018


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:50

Keynote Speech/Interview

Keynote speaker introduced by: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

09:50 – 11:15

International Roundtable

This high-level session will bring together a number of policymakers from the EU, member state and international levels to talk about the public policy approaches to AI. The session will also include research and industry-side stakeholders who will animate the discussions around public-private cooperation, R&D, employment, privacy and ethics.

11:15 – 11:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:30 – 11:45

Keynote Speech

11:45 – 13:00

Access to Data: R & D, Machine and Deep Learning

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 from both regulatory and practical application perspectives. This will include discussions around R&D, data privacy, publicly open data sets and federated data.


13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:00

Ethical Design and Implementation: Navigating the Moral Maze - Delivering AI Impact

Societies’ exposure to and reliance on computing creates, perhaps for the first time, a level of responsibility on the part of government and industry to mitigate the potential for discrimination and unintended bias and harm, not seen before in the field of emerging technologies. This session will look at the realities of what may be possible in terms of transparency and accountability around AI, given the complex processes involved. How will policymakers, industry and other stakeholders align to deliver frameworks that deliver, as far as is possible, responses to the accountability and transparency dilemmas, many of which are a consequence of exceptional technical complexity?

15:00 – 15:30

Refreshment and Networking Break

15:30 – 16:30

Employment and Welfare: Restructuring the Education and Skills Agenda

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 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



Tuesday 9 October, 2018
08.30 to 18.00





Venue Tbc



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