Following an open selection process, the Commission has appointed 52 experts to a High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence, comprising representatives from academia, civil society, as well as industry.

The High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG) has as a general objective to support the implementation of the European Strategy on Artificial Intelligence. This includes the elaboration of recommendations on future-related policy development and on ethical, legal and societal issues related to AI, including socio-economic challenges.

In the first year after its creation in June 2018, the AI HLEG delivered on the following:

  1. Ethics Guidelines on Artificial Intelligence: The Guidelines put forward a human-centric approach on AI and list 7 key requirements that AI systems should meet in order to be trustworthy. These requirements will go through a piloting process expected to conclude with the presentation of a revised document in early 2020.
  2. Policy and Investment Recommendations: Building on its first deliverable, the group has put forward 33 recommendations that can guide Trustworthy AI towards sustainability, growth and competitiveness, as well as inclusion – while empowering, benefiting and protecting human beings. The recommendations will help the Commission and Member States to update their joint coordinated plan on AI at the end of 2019. This is expected to play a key role in building the future of Artificial Intelligence in Europe.

Steering the European AI Alliance

The AI HLEG is also the steering group for the European AI Alliance, a multi-stakeholder forum for engaging in a broad and open discussion of all aspects of AI development and its impact on the economy and society. The group has so far helped stimulate discussions, gathered participants' views and collect important input for the two above mentioned deliverables. 

After the first European AI Alliance Assembly in June 2019, the AI HLEG engaged in further interaction with the members of the forum, establishing the lines for future policymaking.

The Members of the AI High Level Expert Group

  • Pekka Ala-Pietilä

    Chairman of the Board of packaging company Huhtamaki, media company Sanoma and Netcompany as well as a member of the Supervisory Board of SA - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Wilhelm Bauer

    Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Urs Bergmann

    Research lead and machine learning expert, Zalando SE - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Maria Bielikova

    Professor in program and information systems at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl

    Director General of DIGITALEUROPE - the leading association for the digital technology industry in Europe. - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

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    Nozha Boujemaa

    Senior Research Scientist at Inria - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 - January 2019)

  • Yann Bonnet

    Former Secretary General, French Digital Council - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Loubna Bouarfa

    Machine learning expert - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Stéphan Brunessaux

    Senior Expert in Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Airbus Defence and Space - AI HLEG Member since November 2018

  • Raja Chatila

    Professor of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Ethics at Sorbonne University - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Mark Coeckelbergh

    Professor of Philosophy of Media and Technology at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Vienna - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Virginia Dignum

    Professor of Social and Ethical Artificial Intelligence at University of Umeå - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Luciano Floridi

    Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 to June 2020)

  • Jean-Francois Gagné

    CEO of Element AI - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Chiara Giovannini

    Senior Manager, Policy & Innovation and Deputy Secretary General, ANEC - AI HLEG Member since November 2018

  • Joanna Goodey

    Head of the Freedoms and Justice Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Sami Haddadin

    Director of the Munich School of Robotics and Machine Intelligence - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Gry Hasselbalch

    Researcher and independent data ethics advisor - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Fredrik Heintz

    Associate Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Fanny Hidvegi

    European Policy Manager, Access Now - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Eric Hilgendorf

    Professor of criminal law, criminal procedure and legal philosophy - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Klaus Höckner

    Member of the board of the Austrian Association Supporting the Blind and Visually Impaired - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Mari-Noëlle Jégo-Laveissière

    Deputy CEO Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Orange - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Leo Kärkkäinen

    Leader of Deep Learning Research Group, Nokia Bell Labs - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Sabine Theresia Köszegi

    Professor of Labour Science and Organisation - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Robert Kroplewski

    Solicitor, law of new technologies - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Elisabeth Ling

    Managing Director, Researcher Products and Research Metrics, Elsevier - AI HLEG Member since January 2019

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    Pierre Lucas

    Manager, Orgalime - the European Technology Industries Association - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Ieva Martinkenaite

    Vice-President, Telenor Group - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

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    Thiébaut Weber

    ETUC Confederal Secretary - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 - August 2019)

  • Raoul Mallart

    Chief Technology Officer, Sigfox - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 - December 2018)

  • Thomas Metzinger

    Professor of Theoretical Philosophy, representing the European University Association - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Catelijne Muller

    Expert and Consultant on Artificial Intelligence & Society, EESC - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Markus Noga

    Senior Vice President of Machine Learning, SAP - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Cécile Wendling

    Head of Foresight, AXA - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Barry O’Sullivan

    Chair of Constraint Programming, Department of Computer Science, University College Cork - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Lorena Jaume Palasi

    Executive Director, AlgorithmWatch - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 - October 2018)

  • Ursula Pachl

    Deputy Director General, BEUC - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Nicolas Petit

    Professor of Law, Liege University - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Christoph Peylo

    Global Head of Bosch Center for Artificial Intelligence - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Iris Plöger

    Member of the Executive Board, Federation of German Industries - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Giuseppe Stefano Quintarelli

    Chairman of the Steering Committee, Agency for Digital Italy - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Andrea Renda

    Senior Research Fellow and Head of Global Governance, Regulation, Innovation and the Digital Economy, Centre for European Policy Studies - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Francesca Rossi

    Research Staff Member, IBM Research AI - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Cristina San José

    Chief Data Strategist, Santander Group - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • George Sharkov

    Cyber Expert, European DIGITAL SME Alliance - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Philipp Slusallek

    Scientific Director, German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Karen Yeung

    Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Françoise Soulié Fogelman

    Consultant in Data Mining & Artificial Intelligence - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Saskia Steinacker

    Vice President and Global Lead Digital Transformation, Bayer - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Reinhard Stolle

    Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, BMW - Former AI HLEG Member (June 2018 - September 2018)

  • Jaan Tallinn

    Founding engineer of Skype and Kazaa - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Thierry Tingaud

    President of STMicroelectronics France - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Jakob Uszkoreit

    Artificial Intelligence Researcher, Google - AI HLEG Member since June 2018

  • Aimee Van Wynsberghe

    Assistant Professor in Ethics and Technology, TU Delft - AI HLEG Member since June 2018