The Digital Transformation of Europe

How the Internet of Things, 5G and Artificial Intelligence will change Europe

Brussels, Concert Noble, 24 November 2017

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Rue d'Arlon 82
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Huawei’s Second European Academic Conference

Academics, researchers, educational experts and representatives of the EU institutions came together, at Huawei’s 2nd European Academic Salon, to discuss strengthening the cooperation between the ICT industry, universities and research institutes.

This is particularly relevant now that Europe has embarked upon a far-reaching transformation to a digital society and is seeking to lead the world in new technologies such as 5G, the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence.

These three key technologies will drive mutual progress, delivering vertical concepts such as smart cities, smart factories, robots and triggering holistic change in the process.

The key questions at the heart of the conference were how can we

  • continue to break down cultural and political barriers holding back the digital transformation of Europe?
  • prevent digital inequalities?
  • address privacy and security concerns linked to data?


“Companies can rigidly define their research partnerships based on market demand. Or they can give their academic partners a degree of freedom, allowing them to set their directions based on their own areas of expertise. Whatever the method for a particular project, together universities and the ICT industry can convert research into real results that create value for society.”

Opening the event, Mr Gaston Khoury, Western Europe Regional Sales Vice-President, Huawei Technologies

“The world of research funding – there’s the good money and that bad money. Bad money is top down, good money is bottom up!”

Prof Daniel Cremers, Professor of Computer Science and Maths, Technical University of Munich

“We need to integrate the ethics of the real world into the AI world so that we can live together.”

Dr Paul Rübig, Member of the European Parliament

“Europe is home to many of the best and most established and productive universities and research institutes in the world. And we have seen today that there exists a real willingness by the education and research sector and business community to work together to address the challenges of the future.”

Concluding remarks by Dr Walter Weigel, Vice-President of the Huawei European Research Institute (ERI)