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!
EU’s AI Policy & Regulation: How can SMEs and Start-Ups test the trustworthiness of the AI applications
The AI4EU Cafe presents on Feb 17th, 2021, at 3 pm the Speaker Olga Hamama (V29 Legal – Duve Hamama Rechtsanwaelte PartG mbB) with her talk on “EU’s AI Policy & Regulation: How can SMEs and Start-Ups test the trustworthiness of the AI applications”. Brief Description: The European Commission (EC) has defined its approach to AI as one of excellence and trust. One of the three pillars aiming at implementing EC’s Strategy on Artificial Intelligence is the introduction of an appropriate ethical and legal framework. The presentation is going to map the status quo of the European Regulation on AI. While some regulations might be already applicable to the AI applications, there is still some uncertainty with regards to the emerging EU regulations. Addressing the status quo, the presentation will also introduce suggestions on how Start-Ups and SMEs could test the trustworthiness of the AI applications and deal with the uncertainty pending the EU Regulation on AI.
AI Inspiration Session – “Attract, recruit and retain with AI”
In this webinar we would like to share 3 use cases from Belgian companies having implemented AI in their HR processes:
1. SD Worx: How algorithms can help to reduce absenteeism
2. Confidential use case from the Belgian banking industry:
3. Telenet: AI-based strategic workforce planning
All use cases will be followed by a brief Q&A session with the AI Expert.
AI Inspiration Sessions: Specific use cases in your area of expertise
You hear about artificial intelligence from time to time but you are not a techie and don’t immediately see the link with your business context? Rest assured: you are not alone. During this series of “AI Inspiration Sessions”, you will discover how and where other Belgian companies have actually applied AI. Get inspired in your area of expertise and be the start of innovation in your own company, without being a techie. Yes, you can!
Employing AI for the semantic analysis of conventional and immersive video
The Speaker is Hannes Fassold (JOANNEUM RESEARCH). This Cafe session is a collaboration by AI4EU and AI4MEDIA partners! Description: AI-based methods are nowadays the best choice for automatic extraction of semantic metadata from archive content. In this session, will describe our experience employing deep learning algorithms for face detection and recognition as well as general object detection and tracking. We will discuss the current state of these methods and highlight issues which are still remaining, like the ethnic bias occurring in all face recognition methods trained on public datasets. We will then present use cases how these methods can help archives to annotate and exploit their content in a more convenient way. We address here not only conventional video content, but also emerging content types like immersive video, which pose new challenges for archives. We will show how face recognition and scene object extraction can be used for the semi-automatic annotation of video content and for automatic cinematography / editing of a 360° video.
Webinar AI opportunities for the Benelux frontrunners
ARTIFICAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development. There is no question that AI will have an impact on all sectors, our private life as well as on society as a whole. A new study undertaken by McKinsey that looks at the AI potential for Europe’s digital 9 frontrunners – countries chosen based on their advanced digital infrastructure and strong corporate buy-in – finds that the countries can be successful in the domain of AI as long as scale is applied and collaboration is ensured. It recommends that the countries focus on key areas, such as promoting data access and ensuring that the necessary talent is in place in order to unlock AI’s potential. The Benelux, with its longstanding history of cooperation in a wide variety of policy domains, can provide this scale and has the potential to offer a FastTrack for the rollout of AI in those key areas.
Kick-off AI4Industry 4.0 Working Group
AI technologies are said to have a great deal of potential. They can improve the quality of industrial production, reduce costs while simultaneously reducing production times, and increase the robustness of the work processes. Users are also anticipating sustainable potential for themselves through cutting back on resources, optimising of energy consumption, and improving the coordination of logistic processes.
TAILOR – Foundations for Trustworthy AI Integrating Learning, Optimisation and Reasoning
The Speaker is Dr. Fredrik Heintz (Associate Professor of Computer Science at Linköping University, Sweden) Description: Introduction to the European ICT 48 Research Project TAILOR BIO: He leads the Reasoning and Learning group within the Division of Artificial Intelligence and Integrated Systems (AIICS) in the Department of Computer Science. His research focus is artificial intelligence especially autonomous systems, stream reasoning and the intersection between knowledge representation and machine learning. He is the coordinator of the TAILOR ICT-48 network of AI research excellence centers, the Director of the Graduate School for the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP), the President of the Swedish AI Society, a member of the CLAIRE extended core team, a member of the EurAI board, a researcher at the AI Sustainability Center, and a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group on AI. He is also very active in education activities both at the university level and in promoting AI, computer science and computational thinking in primary, secondary and professional education. Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).
Lunch talk “Citizen led public services” by Paul Duan
« Citizen-led public services » est un manifeste écrit par Paul Duan. Il s’agit en fait d’une invitation à contribuer à la conception d’une nouvelle génération de services publics : des services qui répondent aux grands défis posés par les transitions sociales et environnementales actuelles. Une nouvelle génération de services publics, développés pour mais aussi par les citoyens.
Les Carrefours de l’IA
Tous les 3e mercredi du mois, les Carrefours de l’IA prennent place de 9h à 10h sous forme de webinaires gratuits et accessibles à toute personne intéressée par les dernières avancées et travaux dans le domaine de l’intelligence artificielle.
Le 20 janvier prochain, les carrefours de l’IA sortiront des frontières de la Belgique pour présenter des cas d’application et des recherches IA en France, en Allemagne et aux Pays-Bas.
Edition spéciale : L’IA au-delà des frontières de la Wallonie. L’occasion rêvée de découvrir les avancées en termes de recherche et les cas d’application IA par l’intermédiaire du hub Allemand, Français, Néerlandais et Belge.