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Hall 5, 19/09/2019 (14:15-15:30)

"ICT Proposers' Day 2019 hosts open dialogue sessions on the upcoming Digital Europe Programme in the context of the next EU budget. The Digital Europe Programme’s main objective is to boost Europe's sustainable digital transformation for the benefit of citizens and businesses. The Programme will bridge the current investment gap for large scale digital deployment, in key areas for a sustainable digital transformations of the economy and society for the next ten years at least.

The sessions at this event provide a unique opportunity to get an insight of the Commission proposals and to share your views and ideas for programme investments focus in the next two years. The participants of this session will discuss on the aim how to develop capacity in Artificial Intelligence (AI), in line with the Communication on Artificial Intelligence for Europe and the Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence. The first two years of the programme will focus on developing an infrastructure which offers access to AI tools and components and data resources, as well as reference testing and experiment facilities in some prioritised application sectors. Actions will focus on:

establishing EU-wide common data spaces providing access to data for AI. In line with the coordinated plan for Artificial Intelligence, the focus will be on establishing EU-wide common data spaces, building on data from the public and the private sector. The aim is to support the emergence of European data spaces identified for industrial/societal priorities, including through trustworthy industrial and personal data platforms to exchange verified data, and to make a critical mass of high value public sector data sets accessible and fit for AI applications and use in concrete large-scale test cases. Outcomes of the actions for the first two years will be: the creation of EU wide data spaces for health, environmental, industrial and mobility data, where data are shared, pooled and used at European level; easy and free availability of a critical mass of high-value datasets from the public sector and large scale applications based on those datasets;

• developing world-class large-scale reference Testing and Experimentation Facilities (TEF) for AI hardware, software, components, systems and solutions, and underlying resources (data, computing, cloud). The facility will provide a common highly specialised resource to be shared at European level;

• scaling up the Common European AI platform, building on the existing AI-on-demand platform , to provide a single access point to high quality tested AI resources (e.g. AI algorithms – safe, robust and transparent, new generation hardware computing, smart robots), and, where needed, bring such resources to industrial standard, and to provide corresponding support for its users, to integrate AI into solutions, products and services. The platform will provide access to key AI technologies, including AI, perception, interaction software, language processing, IoT, neuromorphic, robotics, cyberphysical systems and their integration.

Coordinator: Cecile HUET (European Commission, Luxembourg), Kimmo ROSSI (European Commission, CONNECT.G1, Luxembourg), Irene SARDELLITTI (European Commission, Robotics and AI, Luxembourg), Martina EYDNER (European Commission, Communications Networks, Content and Technology, Luxembourg)



No individual presentations are expected for this session.

However, you are warmly invited to take an active part to the discussion which will follow the interventions of some key stakeholders. You may also contribute by providing your comments below or you may wish to consider replying to the Targeted Consultation on the Digital Europe programme.


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