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Artificial Intelligence 2021 Delivering AI with impact in Europe

Event Overview

The EU’s Artificial Intelligence legislative proposals are due in April and will attempt to further develop a European approach to and application of AI that balances social, economic, innovation, and ethical imperatives.

Forum Europe’s 3rd Annual Artificial Intelligence conference will gather some 1000 participants from around Europe and beyond to examine what the proposals should look like, focussing on the following key areas:

    • How to govern AI in an EU way, through ecosystems of trust and excellence, and how this will fit with global AI governance;
    • The state of play as to how emerging EU and member state rules will interact, and whether there is now a danger of fragmentation and divergence within Europe;
    • Developing common standards and definitions, particularly around conformity assessments and concepts of high-risk applications;
    • The further development of data availability, sharing, and collaboration concepts, alongside emerging cloud architectures and cooperations, and what they will mean for AI roll-out in Europe. 

This year’s event will feature a significant focus on AI and its potential to deliver positive impacts in the area of health and disease prevention and will look ahead to new rules on clarifying AI liability coming later in the year.

Speakers

Breton 240

Thierry Breton*

Commissioner for Internal Market

European Commission

*pre-recorded speech

Mariya Gabriel

Mariya Gabriel

Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

European Commission

Dragos Tudorache

Dragoş Tudorache, MEP

Chair of the Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in the Digital Age (AIDA)

European Parliament

Carme Artigas

Carme Artigas

Secretary of State for Digitalization and AI

Government of Spain

Kilian Gross

Kilian Gross

Head of Unit, Artificial Intelligence Policy Development and Coordination, DG CONNECT

European Commission

Yvo Volman

Yvo Volman

Acting Director of Data and Head of Unit, Data Policy and Innovation, DG CONNECT

European Commission

Sebastian Wieczorek

Dr. Sebastian Wieczorek

Vice President - Artificial Intelligence Technology

SAP SE

Yiannos Tolias

Yiannos Tolias

Legal Officer, AI Data and Liability in Healthcare, Unit B3, Digital Health, European Reference Networks, DG SANTE

European Commission

Agenda

*** TIMES ARE IN CET ***

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Keynote Session

10:30 - 11:45

Session One | Trust, Excellence, and the Governance of AI

In September 2020, President Von der Leyen reiterated the Commission’s ambitions to support the development and use of ‘human centric AI’. Prior to the release of the legislative proposals on Artificial Intelligence in April 2021, this session will examine what the proposal’s provisions are expected to be and explore the extent to which they address the twin objectives of boosting the development and uptake of AI and of addressing the risks in line with European values. Speakers will debate the extent to which new proposed rules clarifying AI liability expected to be released later on this year are necessary in order to offer protections against specific risks that could be triggered by the use of certain AI applications. This session will also discuss how concepts of an ‘ecosystem of trust’ and an ‘ecosystem of excellence’, previously introduced in the White Paper released in 2020 are closely interlinked and how they can reinforce each other to support the adoption of AI across society and to develop a solid and vibrant AI industry in Europe.

11:45 - 13:00

Lunch Break

13:00 - 14:45

Session Two | Data, Cloud and Computing Infrastructure for AI: Where is Europe headed?

AI’s true potential in supporting Europe’s economic growth can only be unleashed if quality data is accessible and if the appropriate computing infrastructure is deployed to underpin this. As AI applications depend on data to train and develop algorithms and machine-learning models, it is essential that data sets used are of high-quality, come in large enough volumes, are unbiased, and that an infrastructure capable of powerful data analysis is in place. To meet these conditions, the European Commission has released a number of initiatives including the European Strategy for Data – which outlines a series of actions for the coming years to and foresees spending of up to €6 billion to create a European single market for data, – along with infrastructure plans under the Digital Europe Programme to support high-performance, edge and quantum computing, as well as cloud infrastructure. This session will discuss these policy initiatives, identify possible gaps and challenges that will need to be addressed to accelerate access to, and the sharing and processing of industrial data, both key elements to the deployment of Artificial Intelligence across Europe.

14:15 - 14:45

Session Three | AI and Healthcare

Nowhere is the application of AI more controversial and at the same time, promising, than in the area of healthcare. In 2021, the European Commission proposes to further the development of its health data spaces in Europe, both for primary and secondary use of data, as a means of facilitating innovation and insight to improve health outcomes. With the global pandemic as the context, this session will look at how artificial intelligence is currently being utilised in Europe within the health care sector, how it could be applied in future and deployed to support disease prevention, and where the medical profession and society might see the greatest benefit. Given Covid-19 and its impact on economies, livelihoods and lives, is it necessary to rethink how technology is utilised in the health sector?

Sponsorship Opportunities

To discuss sponsorship and visibility opportunities at the 3rd Annual Artificial Intelligence Conference please contact David Kirby on ai-euconference@forum-europe.com / +44 (0) 2920 783 077

  • Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion on the ‘main stage’
  • Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers
  • European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience
  • Networking opportunities | The event will feature virtual networking for all interested participants. Private meeting rooms can also be booked.
  • Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities
  • Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience via a digital exhibition booth in the expo area
  • Showcase Sessions | Feature your products and solutions on the conference programme by hosting a live session available to all conference attendees 
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Exclusive speaking positions | Your organisation can contribute to the discussion on the ‘main stage’

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Engaging and Interactive format | Engage in a fully immersive and interactive debate with decision makers, businesses and policymakers

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European and global outreach | Convey your message to a broad and international audience

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Networking opportunities | The event will feature virtual networking for all interested participants. Private meeting rooms can also be booked.

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Visibility Opportunities | Ensure maximum visibility through branding on the event website and marketing activities

check-white

Exhibition and demos area | Showcase your products and solutions or share a position paper with the audience via a digital exhibition booth in the expo area

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Showcase Sessions | Feature your products and solutions on the conference programme by hosting a live session available to all conference attendees 

Sponsors & Partners

Sponsor
As market leader in enterprise application software, SAP (NYSE: SAP) helps companies of all sizes and industries run better. From back office to boardroom, warehouse to storefront, desktop to mobile device – SAP empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP® applications and services enable more than 365,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably.
Microsoft
At Microsoft our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.
Media Partner
Encompass is an online magazine delivering comment, opinion and analysis on the affairs of the European Union and Europe’s place in the world. We aim to demystify the complexity of the EU and to be lively and provocative. Encompass is also a space with podcast interviews and, through Encompass Live, political and cultural events. As our name indicates we will strive to be open and accessible.

Resources

Cross-border electronic evidence and law enforcement: what it means for data privacy and fundamental rights

Remarks by Xavier Tracol, Eurojust

SAP Response to the European Commission’s White Paper on Artificial Intelligence - A European approach to excellence and trust

How to manage your online ad experience – MediaSmart educational resource

Get smart with online ads with EDAA

Event Platform:

This event will be taking place using Forum Europe’s virtual solution. For more details, please visit forum-europe.com.

Contact:

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact David Kirby using any of the details below.

David Kirby
Event Executive
Forum Europe

ai-euconference@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783 077