EU Challenges

The focus of EU Challenges panels is on all the AI-related initiatives, plans and networks that are occurring nowadays in Europe, between the end of the Horizon 2020 programme and the starting of the new Horizon Europe. ECAI is a magnificent opportunity for asking What’s going on? and What’s next regarding the AI landscape in Europe.

We will discuss and reflect on which is and will be the role that AI is playing in this new Horizon that is coming. EU Challenges includes two discussion panels regarding the role that European academia and policymakers are playing within this context. ECAI2020 is a magnificent and timely opportunity for disseminating all European initiatives in the AI field at all levels.

Organizers: Alberto Bugarín (CiTIUS-USC) and Ulises Cortés (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)

Supporting team: Àtia Cortés (Barcelona Supercomputing Center), Teresa Scantamburlo and Francesca Foffano (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

September 2

Panel 1: H2020 came to an end: What is next? The European Strategy for AI

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.

September 3

Panel 2: Challenges for European Research in AI

The program of EU investment in Ethical, Legal, Social, Economic and Cultural (ELSEC) AI is coordinated in guidelines and recommendations; neither are legally binding for member countries.