Paul Desruelle

AI Watch, European Commission - Joint Research Centre, Seville

Paul is a senior expert in the Digital Economy Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Seville, Spain. His scientific experience focuses on innovation in digital technologies and their socio-economic impact. He is currently the leader of the “AI Watch” project to monitor the development, uptake and impact of artificial intelligence for Europe. In recent years, Paul has led projects on digital transformation and on innovation in information and communication technologies (ICTs). He coordinated the JRC report on Digital Transformation in Transport, Construction, Energy, and Government and Public Administration, published in December 2019. Paul joined the European Commission in 1993, working first as a project officer for the European R&D programmes in ICT (ESPRIT, IST) and moved to JRC in 2000. He is an engineer, with degrees obtained in France and in the U.S.A (M.S. in Robotics and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison).

EU Challenges Panel 1: Paul Desruelle

September 02 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (CEST)

The 25 countries that signed the Declaration of Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence made the first step towards boosting AI technology and industrial capacity through access to public sector data. Also, there are plans to fund AI R&D activities. The main idea is to work towards a comprehensive and integrated European approach on AI to increase the EU’s competitiveness, attractiveness and excellence in R&D in AI, as well as, keep it within some  Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural (ELSEC) limits.

After the COVID19 pandemic, there are significant changes in the horizon, as a possible reduction in the original funding strategy. How will it be possible to have a coordinated approach towards AI for good and for all? How to transform AI-based technologies in something that benefits people and society as a whole? In this panel, we like to discuss How to (1) boost tech capacity, (2) prepare for socio-economic changes and (3) ensure ELSEC framework.