AI4Belgium Cyber Security Working Group Launch
The digital transformation is changing our society and our economy. The number of devices connected to the Internet has surpassed 20 billion and this growth is expected to continue; these devices generate ever more data. This creates an opportunity for large-scale data analysis using sophisticated methods including Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Deep latent variable models for generative modelling
Deep generative models of all kinds have recently demonstrated high-quality samples in a wide variety of data modalities such as images, speech, or text. In this tutorial, we will study the family of deep latent variable models from the ground up. First, we will work through a derivation of variational autoencoders using variational inference. We will then generalize to hierarchical extensions and finally further expand to denoising diffusion probabilistic models. The tutorial will include both mathematical derivations and code demonstrations.
Séance publique de la Classe Technologie et Société : Face aux défis de l’intelligence artificielle
Accueil par Didier Viviers, Secrétaire perpétuel de l’Académie
Faire face aux défis de l’IA
Introduction par Isabelle Ferreras, Directrice de la Classe
Deux regards sur la mobilisation de l’intelligence artificielle et le rôle de l’Académie dans le débat
Interventions de Benoît Macq et Carine Doutrelepont, membres de la Classe
La vie quotidienne des humains au temps des algorithmes
Lecture par Benoît Frydman, membre de la Classe
Proclamation du Prix Charles Lemaire
DigitalWallonia4.ai 2 years event
Une keynote inspirante, un focus sur TRAIL, le programme structurant de la recherche en IA en Wallonie, des témoignages en binôme d’entreprises lauréates Tremplin IA, une présentation de l’offre des acteurs de l’écosystème IA belge et européen détaillant les produits et services disponibles pour faciliter l’adoption de l’IA en Wallonie. La soirée se clôturera par un cocktail dinatoire et networking.
AI & DATA Governance
Designing Data Governance that delivers value is high on the agenda of organizations.
What are the Do’s and Don’ts of Data Governance?
What is the Role of AI in Data Governance?
How to switch from a Data-Governance Model based upon loosely followed guidelines to one that makes the most of innovative digital and analytics capabilities?
AI4Belgium Infrastructure Working Group
The AI4Belgium Working Groups are focused on several strategic topics, it is now time we launch the AI Infrastructure Working Group.
Just like office productivity software needs a computer to run, AI projects require a quality infrastructure to run and to handle large amounts of data.
That infrastructure can be physical like a datacenter for instance or can be virtual and sitting in the cloud, and definitely does include areas of consideration for today and for tomorrow.
The intention of the AI4Belgium Infrastructure Working Group is clearly to expand the coalition and the community, to work on expanding our human capital and to amplify on networking, ultimately improving our nation-wide position on AI.
Seminar on “Recommender systems: technological and societal aspects”
We are delighted to announce the launch of the TRAIL doctoral seminars. These seminars are half-day events primarily targeting PhD students doing research in AI. They will take place every first Friday of the month, in a hybrid mode (both on-site and online). Each seminar consists of an introductory course, followed by short research presentations given by voluntary attendees.
Personal Data Processing & Privacy
In the digital society, customers and organizations have a need for better personal data processing solutions.
According to GDPR Article 5 personal data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject.
Is there a safe and ethical way to unlock the value of personal data?
AI4 Your business Conference
On September 16, AI4Growth will give you the necessary insights to these questions, so that you can convert abstract theory into a concrete business case. Innovative and tech-driven companies can achieve a competitive advantage by embracing emerging AI and ML technologies. To accelerate this economic potential, the dissemination of knowledge and the growth of a local network are of strategic importance. With this mission in mind, AI4Growth will host an international conference AI 4 Your Business on September 16 to bring together AI and ML experts. Through this annual summit, we hope to put Flanders on the world map in the field of AI.
AI Innovation Strategy / Public Policy Making
Join us as we launch our CLAIRE office in Brussels and celebrate the achievements of the AI community in Belgium. The theme for the launch is ” AI Innovation Strategy / Public Policy Making “, and we have invited representatives and actors from Belgium and the neighboring countries Netherlands and France, to present the state of AI Innovation Strategy Plans, collaboration across borders, collaboration between academia and industry, and how the EU Innovation Policy (e.g. launch of the EU Regulatory framework on AI) can contribute to a common European Strategy.
AI strategy for Financial Institutions : potential directions and impact of the new EU draft regulation
We will explain the key principles of the proposed new EU regulation and analyse why and how it will influence the activity for financial companies, today and tomorrow, in light with the current developments in AI for Finance.
Webinar: National AI strategies in Europe
In this webinar attendees will:
- Gain information about emerging trends in AI policy across EU countries in the context of building ecosystems of excellence and trust in AI
- Discover stakeholders’ views on the role of national AI policies in the development and uptake of trustworthy AI as well as on the opportunities and benefits of enhancing collaboration
- Learn about the work of the European Commission and the OECD to monitor and analyse national AI policies
Climate Change and Machine Learning
There’s a lot of impactful work going on at the intersection of climate change and machine learning, so it’s due time to organize an evening dedicated to this topic.
We’re welcoming Climate Change AI for the first talk of the evening. CCAI is a global non-profit organization that published a seminal paper on ML & climate change in 2019.
During the second talk of the evening, Thomas Vrancken from ML6 will enlighten us all about offshore wind energy forecasting by a case they’ve been working on recently.
In the last talk of the evening, we are welcoming Barak Chizi, PhD, Chief Data and Analytics Officer at KBC. We’ll learn social responsibility at KBC, and how they use AI to understand the carbon footprint of financial assets.
AI Inspiration Session – AI for sales, marketing and customer service
In this webinar we’ll share 4 use cases from Belgian companies that have implemented AI in their marketing, sales or customer service department:
- Energy supplier – Cnext: ‘Preventing customers from leaving with AI’
Speaker: Roel Van den Bergh – Chief Commercial Officer @ Cnext
- Unilever – Arinti: Sales Forecasting: How Predictive Analytics are transforming sales data into decisions.
Speakers: Wouter Baetens, Managing Partner Arinti & Robin Rietveld, Information & Analytics Manager Unilever.
- Puratos – Dataroots: Sales optimisation and personalisation at Puratos
Speakers : Benjamin Bado, Data Manager @Puratos & Jonas Tundo, Founder and CEO @dataroots
- SD Worx – In The Pocket: Machine Learning to augment customer support
Speaker: Kenny Helsens, AI Lead at In The Pocket
Lux-health – les assises de l’eSanté 2021
Sur le thème « L’Intelligence artificielle au service de la santé : virage ou mirage ? », des professionnels de l’intelligence artificielle en santé feront le point sur le lien entre intelligence artificielle, pratiques cliniques et déontologie des praticiens.
Opleiding Big Data (UGent – Academie voor ingenieurs)
Deze opleiding is breed opgevat en behandelt de belangrijkste aspecten van vergaring, beheer, analyse en presentatie van data. Zo krijg je een totaalinzicht dat je beter in staat zal stellen om jouw Big Data efficiënt aan te wenden ten voordele van jouw onderneming. De aangeleerde technische inzichten worden aangevuld met een degelijk basisinzicht in de juridische uitdagingen rond Big Data projecten zoals privacy en gegevensbescherming, discriminatie en intellectuele eigendomsrechten.
AI for Industry 4.0 research projects in Belgium
During this second plenary session of the Industry 4.0 working group of AI4Belgium, we would like to give you an insight into the various research projects at regional level that combine Industry 4.0 and AI.
- AI Flanders: The manufacturing industry is very strong in Flanders and will in the context of industry 4.0, with more flexible production, benefit from the adoption of new AI technologies. Speakers: Sabine Demey, Director Flanders AI Research Program Abdel Bey-Temsamani, Project Manager, Flanders Make Elena Tsiporkova, Head of EluciDATA lab, Sirris
- AI Brussels: “Data-driven monitoring and optimisation of decentralised machining processes”. Speakers: Elena Tsiporkova & Mathias Verbeke, EluciDATA Lab, The Data and AI Competence Lab of Sirris.
- AI Wallonia: In Wallonia as in many other European countries, several IA related R&D projects were launched recently driven by the dynamics of more advanced companies, in the context of competitiveness clusters among others. Speakers: Damien Hubaux & Jean-Christophe Deprez, CETIC
BELGIAN AI WEEK
During this week, organized by the vibrant AI ecosystem in Belgium, with the full support of the regions and the federal level, every citizen, expert or not, will have the opportunity to discover the fascinating perspectives of artificial intelligence in our country.
- How to deploy artificial intelligence in our society in an ethical and responsible way ?
- What do these new technologies concretely enable in everyday life for health or mobility ?
- How are AI-related startups and scale-ups evolving in our country ?
- What about our researchers ?
AI Inspiration Session: ‘AI for production – From quality control to process optimization’
Companies are in a race to embrace digital technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) in manufacturing. These technologies are critical drivers that enable Industry 4.0 and will ultimately empower manufacturing to continue to be the backbone of the global economy. During this session, you will learn all about 3 use cases from Belgian companies that have implemented AI in their production processes. Register now!
25/02 – Lunch talk “Open source tools in AI” by Michel Herquet
During his lunch talk, Michel Herquet will give an overview of the various open source tools he and his team use in a variety of AI & data science projects. From Python libraries to more advanced tools for machine learning models: after this talk you’re fully up to date. Are you taking part in the hackathon AI4GOV, by any chance? This session will definitely help you tackle your challenge!