Artificial Intelligence has a high potential for European SMEs, but they often struggle to keep up with the pace of digital transformation and industrial transition. To tackle this, policy initiatives supporting AI adoption are of utmost importance. EASME and DG GROW will host their high-level conference on “A European perspective on Artificial Intelligence (AI): Paving the way for SMEs’ AI adoption in key industrial value chains” next 18-19 February. The two-day event will gather decision-makers, SMEs, AI innovators and academics to foster knowledge exchange, networking and assess existing and potential policy initiatives to support AI. Julien Guerrier, Director of EASME, will close the first day.
According to the EU 2018 SBA factsheet, between 2013 and 2017, almost 60% of value-creating and 2/3 of employment in the EU came from SMEs. Nevertheless, SMEs struggle more than large companies to keep up with the pace of digital transformation and industrial transition.
The conference will discuss the challenges that EU SMEs face in their adoption of AI solutions and the strategies they implement to face these challenges. It will then discuss existing EU policies concerning AI and the possible future initiatives to encourage its adoption.
The initiative aims to accelerate the development and uptake of AI applications by European SMEs in strategic value chains and foster stronger cooperation between industry, start-ups, academia and policymakers.
Participants will also hear success stories highlighting the value potential of AI development for European SMEs.
The event falls under one of the six political priorities of the EU Commission work programme for 2020: ‘A Europe fit for the digital age.’
Agenda and speakers
The first conference day will feature TED-style talks, workshops and networking opportunities, allowing participants to connect and learn from one another. Julien Guerrier, Director of EASME, will deliver the closing remarks.
On 19 February, panel discussions will cover different policy aspects, together with a session showcasing AI providers’ innovations, and a keynote on the societal implications of AI.
Slawek Tokarski, Director of Industrial Policy and Innovation (DG GROW); Ulla Engelmann, Head of Unit for Advanced Technologies, Clusters, and Social Economy (DG GROW); Massimo Craglia, Senior Scientist (Joint Research Centre), from the European Commission, will be among the speakers.
MEPs Eva Kaili and Damian Boeselager will also participate, as well as other stakeholders.
The event will take place in two different locations: Area 42 (Rue des Palais 46, 1030 Brussels) on 18 February, and Solvay Library (Rue Belliard 137A, 1000 Brussels) on 19 February.
For more information and registration, please consult the website.