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Thursday 22 November, 2018


08:30 – 09:00

Morning Coffee and Registration

09:00 – 09:05


Moderator: Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe

Moderator: Dan Sobovitz, Digital Communication Strategist to Vice President, European Commission

09:05 – 09:15

Keynote Presentation

Abraham Liu, Chief Representative to the EU Institutions and Vice-President European Region, Huawei

09:15 – 09:35

In conversation with...

Paul Adamson, Chairman, Forum Europe talks to Antti Peltomäki to discuss Europe’s strategy for AI, and the important role of research, entrepreneurs and SMEs in delivering on this.

Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission

09:35 – 10:00

University Challenge...exploring new ideas for AI from the experts of tomorrow

Rage against the machine: can AI identify malware better than humans?

Up until now, both malware and antiviruses were developed by human coders. With the emergence of AI, could we see the competition between viruses and anti-viruses taken over by artificially-intelligent machines? And would we, humans, even be able to understand if a machine decision is out to harm or protect us?

Dan Sobovitz, assisted by Maha Elkheir, will chat to the winners of the Huawei University Challenge France 2018 on AI detection of malware.

Moderator: Dan Sobovitz, Digital Communication Strategist to Vice President, European Commission

Maha Elkheir, EU Public Affairs Intern, Huawei
Ahmed Achchak, Student, French Grande École “École Centrale Paris”
Hamza Sayah, Student, French Grande École “École Centrale Paris”

10:00 – 10:40

Presentation Session - Food for thought...

10:00 – 10:20

Keynote Presentation

Salwa Toko, President, Conseil National du Numérique (French National Digital Council)

10:20 – 10:40

Keynote Presentation: The Human Brain Project

Fabrice Morin, Scientific Coordinator and HBP SP10 Manager, Human Brain Project

10:40 – 11:00

Morning Coffee

11:00 – 11:50

Session 1: Harnessing the true power of data – ensuring the building blocks are in place

Artificial Intelligence as a technology is nothing new – it was first coined as a term back in the 1950s. What is new however is that with the rise of big data - the ‘raw material’ for AI - and the emergence of vastly more powerful processors and systems, we are finally equipped with the tools to take advantage of it. This session will look at the key infrastructures and building blocks that need to be in place in order to ensure that the required data is available and that it can be harvested in the right way to ensure that the potential of AI is truly achieved.
• How can it be ensured that sufficient training data is available to power machine learning and AI?
• What is being done by the European Commission and other stakeholders in Europe to open up more data and make data sharing easier?
• How are existing computer architectures and processing systems changing in order to harvest the available data and help deliver the potential of AI? How are policymakers, academia and industry coming together to ensure that these required electronic components and systems are in place?
• How are the emerging technologies of AI and 5G interacting, and what needs to be done to harness their collective power?

Moderator: Mario Mariniello, Digital Adviser, European Political Strategy Centre

11:00 – 11:50

Panel Discussion

Dino Pedreschi, Professor of Computer Science , University of Pisa
Stephen Roberts, Faculty Fellow, The AlanTuring Institute
Catelijne Muller, Expert & Consultant on AI & Society, EESC; Member, European High Level Group on Artificial Intelligence
Hermann Brand, European Standards Affairs Director, IEEE
Walter Weigel, Vice-President, Huawei European Research Institute (ERI)

11:50 – 12:35

Session 2: From the lab to the market - Joining forces to deliver the potential of AI across vertical markets

Europe is blessed with world-class researchers and science labs, a thriving and innovative start-up community, and arguably the most highly skilled and developed vertical markets in the world. Taken together, these assets put Europe in a hugely strong position to truly become a leader in AI and maximise the benefits that it will bring.

This session will look at the areas in which AI can make the greatest impact, and how and where efforts should be channelled to truly position Europe as a global AI leader.

• What work is being done to bring together the academic and business communities to deliver a coherent and ambitious AI strategy?
• What concrete examples are already being seen of AI making a difference across vertical markets in Europe, and in which sectors does it offer the greatest potential?
• What additional work remains to be done to ensure that businesses everywhere continue to embrace the potential that AI can offer and the added value that it can bring?

Moderator: Alea Fairchild, Research Fellow, The Constantia Institute

11:50 – 12:35

Panel Discussion

Kai Peters, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Business & Law; Member, Group Leadership Team, Coventry University
Juha Heikkilä, Head of Unit, Robotics, Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
Thomas Hahn, Chief Software Architect, Siemens
Gerald Ristow, Senior Research Manager, Software AG

12:35 – 12:50

Presentation: OpenLabs

Frank Behrmann, Senior Solution Manager European Branch of Solution Management – Internet of Things, Huawei Technologies

12:50 – 13:10

Keynote Presentation: The Ethics and Societal Impact of AI

Raja Chatila, Chair, IEEE Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems; Member, High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence

13:10 – 13:15

Concluding remarks

Walter Weigel, Vice-President, Huawei European Research Institute (ERI)

13:15 – 14:15

Networking Lunch



Thursday 22 November, 2018
09.00 to 15.00




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