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Public discussion event "European Vision for AI" – Present and Future of Artificial Intelligence in Europe.

| Press release | Saarbrücken

What should a competitive European AI look like in the future? How can it be shaped? How can Europe keep pace with countries like the USA and China? Researchers from AI networks and centers of excellence AI4Media, ELISE, TAILOR and Humane-AI-Net will discuss AI for, in and from Europe on Thursday, April 22 11:00 - 13:00 (CEST) at The online discussion is organized as part of the VISION coordination project, in which DFKI is involved. The aim of VISION is to bring together researchers from networks funded by the European Union in the Horizon 2020 program.

In the event, European citizens with an interest in AI will gain an overview of Europe's position in the field of AI and how this impacts Europe's economy and society. Europe is at a crucial milestone in the technological revolution. Artificial Intelligence is at the core of technological developments world-wide. The "European approach to AI" that is currently being promoted brings together excellence and trust, with the goal of creating a world-leading ecosystem committed to the "AI for Good" and "AI for All" concepts. Since this event is coordinated with, and closely linked to, the official announcement on new regulations and further investment in AI, scheduled by the European Commission for next week, the event will represent one of the first opportunities for public discussion on these new plans at the European level. 

Holger Hoos (Leiden University, Netherlands), coordinator of the VISION Project sees this event as a step towards closer communication of the European AI community with the general public: “We aim to get young people, researchers, innovators, companies, and policy makers, at least virtually, around one table and discuss ambitious European plans for AI as well as the emerging ecosystem of AI excellence.”

Thanks to DFKI's role in the ICT48 networks, Prof. Philipp Slusallek was selected as speaker for the Industry Focus session at 12:00. Among other things, Prof. Slusallek leads the work package 4 "Academia-Industry Joint AI Forces" in VISION, in which the cooperation between research and industry is to be strengthened. The Industry Focus session will be moderated by Odessa Primus (GARI). 

Starting at 11am, the event will be fully online, streamed at for free and with no prior registration. The program will be conducted in English. The public will be able to enter discussions via chat. Participants will also get the opportunity to choose from three parallel sessions focusing on society, industry and skills & training, depending on their particular interests. 

About organisers
This event is organised by the consortium of partners of the project VISION (, the coordination and support action (CSA) awarded under the H2020-ICT-48-2020 call. The aim of VISION is to reinforce, interconnect and mobilise Europe’s AI community. Europe has been investing in the European model of AI, with a new set of four European networks of AI excellence centres. Launched in September 2020, these four networks of excellence centres -  AI4Media, ELISE, HumanE-AI-Net and TAILOR - are now working on various aspects of trustworthy, human-centric AI. In parallel to these efforts, the VISION project aims to create connections, synergy and joint initiatives between these networks as well as with key stakeholders across Europe. These projects arekey components in the European Commission's AI strategy.