[visionlist] European Vision for AI 2021 - 22 April 2021 - 11am-1pm

Ioanna Koroni ioannakoroni at csd.auth.gr
Mon Apr 19 10:31:20 -04 2021

European Researchers organize the "European Vision for AI" event for the
General Public about the Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence in


The European scientific community will share with the general public their
actions towards moving European Artificial Intelligence (AI) forward, to
future success in a growing competition environment with countries such as
the US or China, in the "European Vision for AI'' event. The online
discussions are scheduled for Thursday 22 April 2021 and organized by the
<https://www.vision4ai.eu/> VISION project partners in cooperation with four
networks of AI centres of excellence (AI4Media <https://www.ai4media.eu/> ,
ELISE <https://www.elise-ai.eu/> , TAILOR <https://tailor-network.eu/> ,
Humane-AI-Net <https://www.humane-ai.eu/> ). These networks were launched
within the European Union's Horizon 2020 Program in September 2020 and are
bringing together scientists across Europe. 


In the event, European citizens with an interest in AI will gain an overview
of Europe's position in the field of AI and how this impacts Europe's
economy and society. The "European approach to AI" that is currently being
promoted brings together excellence and trust, with the goal of creating a
world-leading ecosystem committed to the "AI for Good" and "AI for All"
concepts. Since this event is coordinated with, and closely linked to, the
official announcement on new regulations and further investment in AI,
scheduled by the European Commission in this week, the event will represent
one of the first opportunities for public discussion on these new plans at
the European level. 

Prof. Holger Hoos (Leiden University, Netherlands), coordinator of the
VISION Project  sees this event as a step towards closer communication of
the European AI community with the general public: "We aim to get young
people, researchers, innovators, companies, and policy makers, at least
virtually, around one table and discuss ambitious European plans for AI as
well as the emerging ecosystem of AI excellence."

Prof. Ioannis Pitas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece),
Coordinator of the International AI Doctoral Academy (AIDA
<http://www.i-aida.org/> ) and event panelist on 'Skills & Training'
believes that:

"AI education should be anthropocentric and tuned to form true thinkers and
Knowledge Society citizens. A major education overhaul is needed, combining
scientific basis and classical studies, to support AI excellence for an
European AI brand."


Starting at 11am, the event will be fully online, streamed at
<http://event.vision4ai.eu> event.vision4ai.eu for free and with no prior
registration. The program will be conducted in English. The public will be
able to enter discussions via chat. Participants will also get the
opportunity to choose from three parallel sessions focusing on society,
industry and skills & training, depending on their particular interests. 



About organisers

This event is organised by the consortium of partners of the project VISION
(www.vision4ai.eu <http://www.vision4ai.eu> ), the coordination and support
action (CSA) awarded under the
<https://cordis.europa.eu/programme/id/H2020_ICT-48-2020> H2020-ICT-48-2020
call. The aim of VISION is to reinforce, interconnect and mobilise Europe's
AI community. Europe has been investing in the European model of AI, with a
new set of four  <https://www.vision4ai.eu/community/> European networks of
AI excellence centres. Launched in September 2020, these four networks of
excellence centres -  AI4Media, ELISE, HumanE-AI-Net and TAILOR - are now
working on various aspects of trustworthy, human-centric AI. In parallel to
these efforts, the VISION project aims to create connections, synergy and
joint initiatives between these networks as well as with key stakeholders
across Europe. These projects are key components in the European
Commission's AI strategy.


Prof. Holger Hoos (Leiden University, Netherlands), coordinator of the
VISION Project

Prof. Ioannis Pitas (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece),
Coordinator of the International AI Doctoral Academy (AIDA
<http://www.i-aida.org/> ) and AI4Media project

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