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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 – 09:30


09:30 – 10:50

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?

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
Katsuya Watanabe, Vice-Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs), Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication (MIC), Japan
His Excellency Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Government of the United Arab Emirates

10:50 – 11:30

AI Applied: How might AI revolutionize our economies?

As more industries incorporate AI software into their business models, every sector is in the process of becoming an AI sector. Attempts to effectively regulate AI are contingent on a clear understanding of its applications. Thus, this series of fast-paced 10-minute talks will explore the application of AI in several sectors and explain how it is transforming industries in unprecedented and uncertain ways. Engaging in these industry examples will set the scene for the day’s policy-focused debate, enabling the practicalities of AI to be considered with greater clarity.

Lucilla Sioli, Director of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Representative, Applied AI Sector (tbc)
Representative, Applied AI Sector (tbc)
Representative, Applied AI Sector (tbc)
Representative, Applied AI Sector (tbc)

11:30 – 11:45

Refreshment and Networking Break

11:45 – 12:10

Keynote Interview


12:10 – 13:15

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.

Bénédicte Javelot, Chief Strategic Officer, Orange
Dirk Jendroska, Head of Machine Learning Strategy, SAP
Olivier Thereaux, Head of Technology, Open Data Institute (ODI)
Representative, Civil Society (tbc)

13:15 – 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
Representative, Industry (tbc)

15:00 – 15:45

In Conversation with ... the Leaders Shaping Artificial Intelligence Policy

We sit down with two of Europe’s thought leaders on AI for an informal conversation about the political economy underpinning the development of AI and the actions Europe’s politicians should take to effectively steer its implementation.

15:45 – 16:00

Refreshment and Networking Break

16:00 – 17:00

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.

Kumardev Chatterjee, Founder and CEO, Unmanned Life
Slawomir Tokarski, Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing, DG GROW, European Commission
Representative, Industry (tbc)



Thursday 18 October, 2018
09.00 to 18.00




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