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Agenda
December 1, 2020
8:30 am - 9:00 am
Foyer

Registration & Welcome Coffee

9:00 am - 9:05 am
Brussels Ballroom

Introduction by the Center for Data Innovation

Eline Chivot
Eline Chivot
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
9:05 am - 9:25 am
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

Dita Charanzová
Dita Charanzová
Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group, Vice-President of the European Parliament
9:25 am - 9:45 am
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

Sana Khareghani
Deputy Director and Head of Office for Artificial Intelligence, UK Government

Panel Discussion: How Can Europe Spread the Benefits of AI?

Philip Malloch
Director Economic and Social Policy, Facebook
Dragoș Tudorache
Member of the European Parliament, Renew Europe Group
Magdalena Piech
Head of Regulatory Affairs, Allegro & Chair, European Tech Alliance
Sepp Hochreiter
Professor at Johannes Keppler University Linz and Founding Director of IARAI (Institute of Advanced Research in AI, Vienna)
Elijus Čivilis
Elijus Čivilis
Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania
Eline Chivot
Eline Chivot
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation

All European countries are developing their national AI strategies, but capabilities vary widely across member states. To remain competitive in the global race for AI, the EU will need more investment, more workers with AI-relevant skills, more shared resources including data, and a regulatory environment that will foster the development and use of AI. What progress have EU member states made in the past year to enhance European AI? How should policymakers ensure no European countries are left behind in AI? What policies are necessary to ensure AI contributes to prosperity for all Europeans?

11:15 am - 11:30 am
Foyer

Networking & Refreshments Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Various

Breakout Sessions — Unleashing European AI Leadership in Strategic Sectors

Many industries are beginning to show how using AI can support innovation and unlock significant benefits. In health care, doctors are using AI to deliver faster and more accurate diagnoses, and researchers are using AI to discover life-saving drugs. In the financial sector, institutions are using AI to prevent and detect fraud. And AI is at the core of many promising solutions to create safe autonomous driving and improve transportation networks. Three breakout sessions will delve into the various ways organizations are developing and applying AI in healthcare, financial services, and mobility; explore the benefits AI applications can deliver; and consider the policies that can best support industries’ use of AI.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lisbon Room

Breakout: Healthcare

Daniel Nathrath
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Ada Health
Mathias Goyen
Chief Medical Officer for Europe, GE Healthcare
Michal Boni
Senior Research Associate, Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies
Ceri Thompson
Ceri Thompson
Deputy Head of the eHealth, Wellbeing and Aging unit, DG CNECT, European Commission

AI is enabling rapid strides in healthcare, and in Europe the digital health industry is booming. Both established companies and start-ups are developing AI-powered applications to perform diagnostics, analyze medical images, and deliver personalized healthcare. This session will discuss how AI is unlocking insights and supporting data-driven decisions to reduce costs and improve health outcomes for patients. Speakers will explore what the health-care industry needs to develop more of these innovative applications, and how policymakers can support these efforts to ensure Europe delivers on the promise of delivering better health care with AI.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Breakout: Financial Services

Jessica Lennard
Senior Director, Data and AI Initiatives, Visa
Jan Ceyssens
Head of the Digital Finance Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission
Elijus Čivilis
Elijus Čivilis
Vice-Minister, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation of the Republic of Lithuania

The financial services sector was an early adopter of AI, using the technology for a range of operations including credit underwriting, conversational banking, personalized finance, and fraud detection and prevention. This session will explore how the financial services industry is ensuring responsible use of AI and building secure models, as well as how existing financial services organizations are collaborating with the next generation of payment innovators. Panelists also will discuss policies and industry best practices for sharing data securely in a regulated sector, and steps policymakers can take to make the EU and its member states more attractive destinations for investment in fintech.

Breakout: Mobility

Marian Gläser
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Brighter AI & Spokesperson for Privacy of the German AI Association
Nacho Rodríguez Solís
Lead Data Scientist, Vodafone Business
Michael Kopp
Director of Data Science and Head of Research, HERE Technologies
Claire Depré
Head of Sustainable and Intelligent Transport Unit, DG MOVE, European Commission
Matthew Newman
Chief Correspondent Europe, MLex

AI is among the most promising solutions to make urban mobility more effective and driving safer by reducing human error and improving efficiency in transportation networks. But realizing the potential of this technology will require more data, better analytics, and increased testing. This panel will discuss the potential role of AI in mobility solutions and where Europe stands with smart cities, as well as autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Panelists will also discuss the development of safety standards and best practices, the creation of innovative transportation services, and the policies necessary to support existing solutions and the transition to safe mobility in the EU.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Foyer

Lunch

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

Casper Klynge
Vice President of European Government Affairs, Microsoft

Panel Discussion: Building Blocks for European AI

Daniel Castro
Director, Center for Data Innovation
Peter Lochbihler
Director of Public Affairs, Booking.com
Aurélie Caulier
Senior Manager, Public Affairs EU, Zalando
Fernanda Viegas
Fernanda Viegas
Senior AI Researcher, Co-Lead Google's PAIR (People+AI Research) Initiative
Robert Dehm
Robert Dehm
Attaché, Information Society and Telecommunications, Permanent Representation of Germany to the EU
Lucilla Sioli
Lucilla Sioli
Director for Artificial Intelligence and Digital Industry, DG CNECT, European Commission

Succeeding in AI requires more than just encouraging leading companies to make investments. It requires a healthy ecosystem of AI companies, robust AI inputs—including skills, research, and data—and organizations that are motivated and free to use AI. All of that requires policies that support the development and adoption of AI. How can European policies promote and support data, talent, research, and the other building blocks of AI in Europe? What are the EU’s key assets when it comes to AI, and in which areas is it lagging? Finally, how can policymakers create a policy framework that is future-proof and equipped to support AI?

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm
Foyer

Networking & Refreshments Break

Panel Discussion: How can Europe Enhance Data Sharing Cooperation With its Allies?

Natalia Yakimiuk
Senior Consultant, Tech, Media and Telecoms Team, FTI Consulting EU
Bruno Gencarelli
Head of International Data Flows and Protection Unit, DG Justice, European Commission
Chris Cooter
Ambassador, Embassy of Canada to the European Union
Guido Lobrano
Vice-President for Europe, ITI
Sue Daley
Head of Program for Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, TechUK

Despite the distinct benefits that provide incentives for nations to be innovation hubs, the “AI global race” is not always a zero-sum game. Researchers from different parts of the world collaborate to develop AI-related technologies, benefitting multiple nations in the process. In particular, broader access to data can support organizations in developing AI. But there are a number of challenges to sharing data responsibly, such as how to make datasets usable for applications and how to ensure openness does not expose sensitive information or threaten the security of platforms. Closer partnerships with economic allies can provide important solutions to these challenges. They can also foster the development and use of AI by pooling resources and increasing investments. This session will examine the various policies and proposals on data and AI in Europe, the United States, Canada, and Japan, and speakers will discuss how Europe and its allies can work together to develop common infrastructure to ensure responsible data sharing and joint investment in AI.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

Margrethe Vestager
Executive Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of Europe Fit for the Digital Age
5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou
Member of European Parliament, EPP Group & Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade (INTA)
5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Keynote

André de Aragão Azevedo
Secretary of State for the Digital Transition, Government of Portugal
5:30 pm - 5:55 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Conversation: Inside European Leaders' Decision Room: "The EU Digital Agenda: What's Next?"

Carla Hustedt
Project Lead AI, Bertelsmann Stiftung
Eline Chivot
Eline Chivot
Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Data Innovation
5:55 pm - 6:00 pm
Brussels Ballroom

Closing Remarks by the Center for Data Innovation

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Foyer, The Hague, and Luxembourg Room

Cocktail Reception

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