Delivering European leadership in AI
Huawei's 3rd Academia Salon brought academics, policymakers and industry leaders together
Experts attending this year’s Academia Salon debated which strategies would be most effective in delivering European leadership in the latest groundbreaking technology to take the world by storm, Artificial Intelligence.
Over 100 participants looked at the huge potential for AI in Europe and discussed how the continent’s world-class research facilities and vertical market could be used to master the technology.
AI has become part of our lives. The personal assistant on your smartphone and the restaurant and music suggestions we receive every day, or the way our social media functions are all made possible through intelligent systems 'guessing' our needs", said Abraham Liu, Huawei's Chief Representative to the EU Institutions, who delivered a keynote speech at the conference, which was held at the Concert Noble on 22 November. "As you are aware, the European Commission has taken important steps to create a solid European framework covering the technological, ethical, legal and economic aspects of AI. At Huawei, we strongly support the approach taken at EU level as a vital contribution to establishing European leadership in this field and enabling European citizens to enjoy the benefits of this technology."
AI building blocks
"Just as natural intelligence cannot exist without the brain and body, AI can only emerge and achieve its true potential if all its building blocks are in place – including big data and 5G, along with safeguards making the technology trustworthy," said another speaker, Dr Walter Weigel, Vice-President of Huawei’s European Research Institute (ERI).
Fostering the right skills for the future technology-driven workplace is another prerequisite to ensuring that Europe is ready for AI. Dan Sobovitz, Digital Communication Strategist to the Vice-President of the European Commission, discussed new ideas for AI with a group of students who participated in Huawei's University Challenge, a competition that calls upon Europe's best undergraduates to come up with new technological solutions. They explored for instance the potential of AI for developing antivirus software.
Other key participants at the event included Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General of DG GROW, European Commission, Salwa Toko, President of the Conseil National du Numérique of France, and Fabrice Morin, Scientific Coordinator and Manager of the Human Brain Project.
This is the 3rd Academia Salon Huawei has held in Europe since the inaugural event in London in 2016. Last year’s salon was also held in Brussels.