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 – 09:35

Keynote Session - AI and Economic Growth in Europe

Jyrki Katainen , Vice-President for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, European Commission

09:35 – 09:50

Keynote Session - AI: A Tool for National Economic Growth

Nikos Pappas , Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece

09:50 – 10:05

Keynote Session - The View from the US Government on AI Deployment

David J. Redl , Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administrator, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S Department of Commerce

10:05 – 10:30

Keynote Interview

Nikos Pappas , Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media, Greece
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

Morning 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

Roberto Barcellan , Head of Unit, Data Services, DIGIT, European Commission


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.
Roberto Barcellan , Head of Unit, Data Services, DIGIT, European Commission
Bénédicte Javelot , Chief Strategy Officer, Orange
Dirk Jendroska , Head of Machine Learning Strategy, SAP
Olivier Thereaux , Head of Technology, Open Data Institute (ODI)
Marco Pistore , Project Coordinator, SIMPATICO Project

Moderator: Alea Fairchild , Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute

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.
Cornelia Kutterer , Senior Director EU Government Affairs, Privacy & Digital Policies, Microsoft
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

Moderator: Dan Michaels , Brussels Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal

15:00 – 15:15

Speech: The Future Governance of Digitally Transformed Societies

Max Craglia , Lead Scientist, European Commission Joint Research Centre

15:15 – 16:15

Perspectives on Education, Social Change and Workforce Issues

This session will draw on the experience of European entrepreneurs and SMEs to debate the impact of AI with regards to the education system, the skills agenda and labour market disruption. The session will explore the role of SMEs in aiding the development of 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 industry.
Max Craglia , Lead Scientist, European Commission Joint Research Centre
Andre Richier , Policy Officer, DG GROW, European Commission
Michaela Jamelska , Global Business Operations Director, Unmanned Life
Ségolène Martin , Founder and CEO, Kantify
Loulou van Ravensteijn , Ambassador & Business Development, Robovision

Moderator: Emma Martinho-Truswell , Co-Founder and COO, Oxford Insights

16:15 – 16:20

Conference Close