About the event

💡 How do we make sure the future of AI, data, and robotics will serve the Common Good? How should these technologies be implemented to address pressing challenges (like the climate crisis, humanitarian conflicts, and health crisis) while respecting fundamental rights and ethical safeguards? This two-day international conference is Brussels' first public gathering in an attempt to co-shape its AI strategy that is sustainable, inclusive, and comprehensive.

🤖 Who is it for: For students, researchers, professors, policy-makers, civil servants, designers, developers, engineers, advocates interested in making AI, data, and robotics "good" for all

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DAY 1: Launch and Keynote Speakers

The first day will showcase key presentations on international and local initiatives on AI for the Common Good. The first day will serve as an avenue to stir conversations between international and local experts and policymakers on transforming technologies to the service of people. It will also explore existing scientific, ethical, and legal challenges in the deployment of these technologies.

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DAY 1: Launch and Keynote Speakers

DAY 2: Thematic Sessions

We invited local and international experts to better understand what the future might hold for the integration of these technologies in society. Day 2 will consist of the following thematic sessions:

Session 1: The EU is getting its AI Act together: How to develop AI systems under the Rule of Law?
Session 2: Are robots sustainable?
Session 3: How to involve and mobilise citizens more around AI, Data and Robotics?
Session 4: How are AI and Data used by and for cities?

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DAY 2: Thematic Sessions

What are we going to convene about?

The conference content will focus on the following big themes on AI, Data, and Robotics:

The challenges of defining AI, Data and Robotics for the Common GoodDAY 1 - Session 2

On the first day of the conference, we aim to drive the discussion on how AI, data, and robotic technologies could be developed in the service of widely shared ethical ideas. On this plenary session, we will pick the brains of local and international experts on finding how institutions should respond to strike a balance in defining what is “Good for All” through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogues.

The challenges of defining AI, Data and Robotics for the Common GoodDAY 1 - Session 2

On the first day of the conference, we aim to drive the discussion on how AI, data, and robotic technologies could be developed in the service of widely shared ethical ideas. On this plenary session, we will pick the brains of local and international experts on finding how institutions should respond to strike a balance in defining what is “Good for All” through interdisciplinary and intercultural dialogues.

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International and local initiatives in AI, Data and Robotics for the Common GoodDAY 1 - Session 2

In this plenary session, we invited local and international organizations to showcase actions taken by local decision-makers to address the use of AI within a city or community.

International and local initiatives in AI, Data and Robotics for the Common GoodDAY 1 - Session 2

In this plenary session, we invited local and international organizations to showcase actions taken by local decision-makers to address the use of AI within a city or community.

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The EU is getting its AI Act together: How to develop AI systems under the Rule of Law?’DAY 2 - Session 1

In this session, we will look through the socio-legal and computer scientific perspectives in the search for ways to increase accountability of high-risk AI systems. How do we ensure that we develop technologies with end-to-end transparency and fairness? How do we ensure that AI, Data, and Robotics made in Brussels and in Europe in general do not lead to systematic disadvantages for marginalized individuals and groups?

The EU is getting its AI Act together: How to develop AI systems under the Rule of Law?’DAY 2 - Session 1

In this session, we will look through the socio-legal and computer scientific perspectives in the search for ways to increase accountability of high-risk AI systems. How do we ensure that we develop technologies with end-to-end transparency and fairness? How do we ensure that AI, Data, and Robotics made in Brussels and in Europe in general do not lead to systematic disadvantages for marginalized individuals and groups?

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Are robots sustainable?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we aim to answer the grand question of how AI, data, and robotics could help meet humanities’ needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, not only in terms of natural resources but also on a social- and economic- level.

Are robots sustainable?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we aim to answer the grand question of how AI, data, and robotics could help meet humanities’ needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs, not only in terms of natural resources but also on a social- and economic- level.

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How to involve and mobilise citizens more around AI, Data and Robotics?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we seek to stir the discussions in two-fold: (a) how can AI be a tool for citizen awareness and democratic participation? And (b) how can public engagement improve research and developments in AI?

How to involve and mobilise citizens more around AI, Data and Robotics?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we seek to stir the discussions in two-fold: (a) how can AI be a tool for citizen awareness and democratic participation? And (b) how can public engagement improve research and developments in AI?

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How are AI and Data used by and for cities?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we aim to address the issues and challenges in the development and integration of these technologies in urban infrastructure and on the behaviour of people living in such smart environments.

How are AI and Data used by and for cities?DAY 2 - Session 2

In this session, we aim to address the issues and challenges in the development and integration of these technologies in urban infrastructure and on the behaviour of people living in such smart environments.

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Our Speakers and Panelists

Meet our international set of speakers and panelists

Maksim KarliukProgram Specialist in the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO (FRANCE)

Maksim will discuss UNESCO's vision towards AI for the Common Good in its latest recommendation for ethical AI

Maksim KarliukProgram Specialist in the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO (FRANCE)

Maksim will discuss UNESCO's vision towards AI for the Common Good in its latest recommendation for ethical AI

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Morten IrgensCo-founder, Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe - CLAIRE (NORWAY)

Morten will discuss how AI for the Common Good is key to Europe's technological sovereignty

Morten IrgensCo-founder, Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe - CLAIRE (NORWAY)

Morten will discuss how AI for the Common Good is key to Europe's technological sovereignty

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Lisa BrüggenScientific Director, Poverty and Debt, ELSA Lab I Professor, Brightlands Institute for Smart Society / Maastricht University (NETHERLANDS)

Lisa will talk about her work in ELSA Lab to combat poverty and debt with the help of Artificial Intelligence

Lisa BrüggenScientific Director, Poverty and Debt, ELSA Lab I Professor, Brightlands Institute for Smart Society / Maastricht University (NETHERLANDS)

Lisa will talk about her work in ELSA Lab to combat poverty and debt with the help of Artificial Intelligence

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Horst UrlbergerBusiness Lead - Data Modernization, Microsoft (GERMANY)

Horst will share successes and challenges in implementing AI for Good in big tech companies such as in Microsoft

Horst UrlbergerBusiness Lead - Data Modernization, Microsoft (GERMANY)

Horst will share successes and challenges in implementing AI for Good in big tech companies such as in Microsoft

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Mieke De KetelaereAI Strategy Consultant/ Adjunct Professor, Vlerick (BELGIUM)

Mieke will help surface ways to define and implement AI for the Common Good in the Belgian/ Brussels context

Mieke De KetelaereAI Strategy Consultant/ Adjunct Professor, Vlerick (BELGIUM)

Mieke will help surface ways to define and implement AI for the Common Good in the Belgian/ Brussels context

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Stefaan Sonck ThiebautDirector General, Innoviris (BELGIUM)
Stefaan Sonck ThiebautDirector General, Innoviris (BELGIUM)
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Thérèse Izay KirongozEngineer and President of Women's Technologies (CONGO)

Thérèse will share their story of successfully integrating their traffic robot in the Republic of Congo -- as displayed in the Tervuren museum in Belgium

Thérèse Izay KirongozEngineer and President of Women's Technologies (CONGO)

Thérèse will share their story of successfully integrating their traffic robot in the Republic of Congo -- as displayed in the Tervuren museum in Belgium

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Marc Van den BosscheDeputy Senior General Manager, CIRB (BELGIUM)
Marc Van den BosscheDeputy Senior General Manager, CIRB (BELGIUM)
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Saskia Van UffelenDigital Champion, Agoria (BELGIUM)
Saskia Van UffelenDigital Champion, Agoria (BELGIUM)
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Stefaan VerhulstCo-founder and chief research and development officer, The Governance Laboratory at New York University (US)

Stefan will share insights and best practices form New York city on data collaborations to solve problems for the public good.

Stefaan VerhulstCo-founder and chief research and development officer, The Governance Laboratory at New York University (US)

Stefan will share insights and best practices form New York city on data collaborations to solve problems for the public good.

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Hinda HanedScientific Co-director, Civic AI Lab (NETHERLANDS)

Hinda will share how Civic AI Lab bring people together to solve societal issues with AI, specifically in the fields of education, welfare, environment, mobility, and health.

Hinda HanedScientific Co-director, Civic AI Lab (NETHERLANDS)

Hinda will share how Civic AI Lab bring people together to solve societal issues with AI, specifically in the fields of education, welfare, environment, mobility, and health.

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Benjamin Prud'hommeDirector, AI For Humanity, Mila (CANADA)

Benjamin will give his insights on how well-renowned AI institutions like MILA can contribute for the Common Good.

Benjamin Prud'hommeDirector, AI For Humanity, Mila (CANADA)

Benjamin will give his insights on how well-renowned AI institutions like MILA can contribute for the Common Good.

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Paula Boest SerranoProject Manager, Digital Rights — Barcelona City Council & Cities Coalition for Digital Rights (Catalonia, Spain)
Paula Boest SerranoProject Manager, Digital Rights — Barcelona City Council & Cities Coalition for Digital Rights (Catalonia, Spain)
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Gianclaudio MalgieriAssociate Professor of Law and Technology, EDHEC Business School (FRANCE)
Gianclaudio MalgieriAssociate Professor of Law and Technology, EDHEC Business School (FRANCE)
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Nathalie SmuhaLegal scholar and philosopher, KU Leuven Faculty of Law (BELGIUM)
Nathalie SmuhaLegal scholar and philosopher, KU Leuven Faculty of Law (BELGIUM)
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Jaap Henk HoepmanGuest professor, PRISEC - Privacy And Security group of Karlstad University (SWEDEN)
Jaap Henk HoepmanGuest professor, PRISEC - Privacy And Security group of Karlstad University (SWEDEN)
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Ivana BartolettiGlobal Chief Privacy Officer at Wipro and Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK)
Ivana BartolettiGlobal Chief Privacy Officer at Wipro and Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (UK)
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Arash AjoudaniHead, HRI² Laboratory, Italian institute of technology (ITALY)
Arash AjoudaniHead, HRI² Laboratory, Italian institute of technology (ITALY)
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Katleen GabrielsAssistant Professor and moral philosopher, University of Maastricht (NETHERLANDS)
Katleen GabrielsAssistant Professor and moral philosopher, University of Maastricht (NETHERLANDS)
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Bhavani RaoDean, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (INDIA)
Bhavani RaoDean, School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (INDIA)
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Mirko KovacDirector, Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London (UK)
Mirko KovacDirector, Aerial Robotics Laboratory at Imperial College London (UK)
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Pieter DuysburghOperational lead, Knowledge Center Data & Society (BELGIUM)
Pieter DuysburghOperational lead, Knowledge Center Data & Society (BELGIUM)
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Alice SiuAssociate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University (US)
Alice SiuAssociate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Stanford University (US)
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Vincent MaiResearcher, Algora Lab, Université de Montréal, Mila (CANADA)
Vincent MaiResearcher, Algora Lab, Université de Montréal, Mila (CANADA)
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Daan BloembergenAI Researcher, City of Amsterdam (NETHERLANDS)
Daan BloembergenAI Researcher, City of Amsterdam (NETHERLANDS)
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Ariela ValverdeCo-founder, Urbanalytica (ITALY)
Ariela ValverdeCo-founder, Urbanalytica (ITALY)
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Wietse Van RansbeeckCEO and Co-founder, CitizenLab (BELGIUM)
Wietse Van RansbeeckCEO and Co-founder, CitizenLab (BELGIUM)
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Steven LatréAI & RD Lead, imec (BELGIUM)
Steven LatréAI & RD Lead, imec (BELGIUM)
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Michel HerquetManaging Partner, B12 Consulting (BELGIUM)
Michel HerquetManaging Partner, B12 Consulting (BELGIUM)
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Isabelle RawartSmart Territory Advisor, Agence du Numérique (BELGIUM)
Isabelle RawartSmart Territory Advisor, Agence du Numérique (BELGIUM)
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FARI Scientific Board

The sessions will be hosted and moderated by the co-directors and senior research leads of the FARI AI for the Common Good Institute Brussels

Ann NowéArtificial Intelligence Research (AI Lab) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Ann NowéArtificial Intelligence Research (AI Lab) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Tom LenaertsMachine Learning Group (MLG) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Tom LenaertsMachine Learning Group (MLG) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Bram VanderborghtBrussels Human Robotics Research Center (BruBotics) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Bram VanderborghtBrussels Human Robotics Research Center (BruBotics) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Gianluca BontempiMachine Learning Group (MLG) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Gianluca BontempiMachine Learning Group (MLG) of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Mireille HildebrandtLaw, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Mireille HildebrandtLaw, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Rob HeymanStudies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) of of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Rob HeymanStudies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) of of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Nicolas van Zeebroeck Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Nicolas van Zeebroeck Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM) of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Pieter BallonStudies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) of of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pieter BallonStudies in Media, Innovation and Technology (SMIT) of of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Hugue BersiniIRIDIA of of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Hugue BersiniIRIDIA of of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Gregory LewkowiczCentre Perelman de Philosophie du Droit of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Gregory LewkowiczCentre Perelman de Philosophie du Droit of the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Adrian Munteanu Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Adrian Munteanu Electronics and Informatics (ETRO) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
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Emanuele GaroneControl Engineering and System Analysis (S.A.A.S.) of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Emanuele GaroneControl Engineering and System Analysis (S.A.A.S.) of Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
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Sami MahroumAdvisor for Academic Affairs, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
Sami MahroumAdvisor for Academic Affairs, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
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Carl MörchCo-director, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
Carl MörchCo-director, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
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Hans de CanckCo-director, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
Hans de CanckCo-director, FARI AI for the Common Good Institute
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Co-organizers

Represented in the FARI Conference

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Deadline of registration extended to 1 July, 2022

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