Data Ethics Forum, Rome, May 29-30

Mapping Artificial Intelligence: The European AI Agenda in a Global AI Ecosystem

The 5th Data Ethics Forum will shed light on the current status of the global AI ecosystem and the emerging paradigms that are governing its evolution. Speakers at the forum are key experts and global leading actors in the field, including representatives of business, government, and academia. At the two-day forum we will create a map of best practices and initiatives around the world, and outline the European model of AI governance with its possible political, economic, and social implications. The forum will take place at John Cabot University in Rome and is organised by in collaboration with the John Cabot University’s Institute of Future and Innovation Studies.

AI decision-making systems based on complex data collection and analytics are increasingly shaping the opportunities of citizens and transforming their relations with companies, governments and public authorities. Today we have the choice to govern and direct AI's development with technology design, education, policy and investment strategies.

With the EU strategy on AI adopted in 2018, a general governance process was initiated in Europe, and a “Trustworthy AI” human centric approach to AI based on a European fundamental rights and values framework has been put forward as Europe’s answer to the consolidation of AI in the global arena.

What shape should the future of AI in society have?
What does the human centric approach to AI entail?
What is "data ethics" in AI?
Which technological solutions do Trustworthy AI require?
How does public procurement shape AI?
How do we educate the future workforce to stay in the loop of AI?
What legal shape does the governance of AI have?
These and many more questions will be explored at the forum.



Speakers confirmed (updated on a continous basis):

Inese Podgaiska. Inese is the Secretary General of the Association of Nordic Engineers, a position she has held since 2016. Prior to that, Podgaiska held leadership positions at The European Environment Agency (EEA) from 2010 to 2016, after serving as Head of Energy Policy at Baltic Development Forum from 2008 to 2010. She also served as a Latvian diplomat at the Permenant Representation of Latvia to the EU from 2001 to 2007. Over her career, Podgaiska has mobilized partners from countries, international organizations and business community in the cross-border cooperation as well as raising awareness of the activities in countries of the Mediterranean, Central Europe and Caucasus regions. She holds an MA in Diplomacy from Paris XI University. Received the 2019 Women Economic Forum Award Women of the Decade in Science Leadership. Included in the 2019 International open directory of Brilliant Women Working on AI and ethics. Mentor for students on the online platform Job Glasses.

Clara Neppel. Clara is the Senior Director of the IEEE European office in Vienna, where she is responsible for the growth of IEEE’s operations and presence in Europe, focusing on the needs of industry, academia, and government. Clara serves as a point of contact for initiatives with regard to technology, engineering and related public policy issues that help implementing IEEE’s continued global commitment to fostering technological innovation for the benefit of humanity. Clara joined IEEE after many years with the European Patent Office where she was involved in various aspects relating to innovation, intellectual property and public policy in the field of information and communication technologies. She co-authored publications both in the field of patentability of computer implemented inventions as well as possible future scenarios of the intellectual property system. She holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Technical University of Munich and a Master in Intellectual Property Law and Management from the University of Strasbourg.

Sylvie Delacroix. Sylvie is professor in Law and Ethics at the University of Birmingham, which she joined in January 2018, coming from UCL where she was a reader in Legal Theory and Ethics, with a fractional appointment in UCL Computer Science. Prior to that Sylvie was the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Harvard University, 2004-05), a lecturer in Law in Kent University and a post-doctoral scholar in Trinity College, Cambridge University. While in UCL Sylvie Delacroix was the founding Director of the UCL Centre for Ethics and Law, as well as the UCL Virtual Environments and the Professions Group. Professor Delacroix's work has notably been funded by the Wellcome Trust, the NHS and the Leverhulme Trust, from whom she received the Leverhulme Prize. Professor Delacroix has recently been appointed to the Public Policy Commission on the use of algorithms in the justice system (Law Society of England and Wales).

Raja Chatilla. Raja, IEEE Fellow, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics at Sorbonne Université, Paris, is director of the SMART Laboratory of Excellence on Human-Machine Interactions and former director of the Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics. He contributes in several areas of Artificial Intelligence and autonomous and interactive Robotics and author of about 160 publications. He is chair of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems and member of the High-Level Expert Group on AI with the European Commission.


Paul Nemitz. Paul is Principal Advisor in the EU Directorate General for Justice and Consumers. He was appointed by the European Commission on 12. April 2017, following a 6 year appointment as Director for Fundamental Rights and Citizen’s Rights in the same Directorate General. As Director, Nemitz led the reform of Data Protection legislation in the EU, the negotiations of the EU – US Privacy Shield and the negotiations with major US Internet Companies of the EU Code of Conduct against incitement to violence and hate speech on the Internet. He has represented the European Commission in numerous cases before the European Court of Justice and has published widely on EU law.

Gry Hasselbalch. Gry is co-founder of the thinkdotank She is an independent advisor and expert shaping policy and the public debate in media and in venues worldwide on issues related to the governance and ethics of emerging data technologies. Gry is a member of the European Commission's High-Level Group on AI that developed the ethics guidelines and policy recommendations for Trustworthy AI in Europe; co-chair of the P7006 standard within the IEEE's Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems; and was a member of the Danish Expert Group on Data Ethics that was appointed to provide the Danish government with recommendations on data ethics issues in 2018. She has authored several studies, reports and articles and co-authored the influential book Data Ethics – The New Competitive Advantage (2016) together with co-founder of Pernille Tranberg. Gry is included on the 2019 open directory list with  Brilliant Women Working on AI and ethics.

Francesco Lapenta. Francesco is the Director of the John Cabot University Institute of Future and Innovation Studies. He is a Professor of Business and Information Technologies, and has recently become a Mozilla-Ford Research Fellow. Currently he is also the Technical Editor of the IEEE P7006 standard on Personal Data Artificial Intelligence Agents, and he is collaborating with on a project on the fare, trustworthy and empowering use of A.I. technologies in Fintech and micro-finance. Francesco holds a Ph.D. In Sociology from the University of London, joint supervision Goldsmiths College and the London School of Economics. The Ph.D was awarded a research grant by the E.S.R.C. (Economic and Social Research Council,UK). He has worked as Associate Professor at the Department of Communication, Business and Information Technologies at RUC University, Denmark (2009-2019). Visiting Professor at NYU, and for years served on the executive board of the IVSA association.



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Among our past speakers are Margrethe Vestager (2016), Frank Pasquale (2016), Evelyn Rupert (2017), John C Havens IEEE (2017), Dieter Rasmussen LEGO (2017), Marit Hansen (2018), Laura Dornheim AdblockPlus (2018), Dan Shefet (2018), Cecile Wendling Axa (2018) and Paul Nemitz (2019). And Edulab,, Tresorit, Clue, Playwall, Cliqz, Wire, Findx and Purism. See them all here.


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