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Day 1 – 16 November

Making AI Regulation Work

9:00

Welcome coffee and registrations

10:00

 
WELCOME TO CASA AMÉRICA

Enrique Ojeda, Director General of Casa América

10:10

INTRODUCTION

Irene Lopez de Vallejo, Master of Ceremonies

10:20

 

WELCOME REMARKS BY SPANISH PRESIDENCY

Nadia Calviño Santamaría, Deputy Prime Minister

10:30

EU LEADERSHIP IN TRUSTWORTHY AI

Speech by Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market

10:35

OPENING REMARKS

By Roberto Viola, Director-General, European Commission, DG Connect

10:45

POLITICAL PANEL ON AI ACT

11:25

PLACING EUROPE ON THE MAP OF GENERATIVE AI: Part I – Access to Computing

Access to computing resources will significantly reduce the training time for the latest AI models in start-ups, transforming a process that could take months or even years into one that takes just days or weeks. This acceleration will assist start-ups in leading the development and scaling up of their AI models. Moreover, this will ensure that the development of European generative AI is responsible and aligns with European values.

Moderator: Irene López de Vallejo, Regenerative entrepreneur

  • Jaume Cot, Coordinator of AI-BOOST , Zabala Innovation
  • Roberta Turra, Head of AI/Data, at Cineca
  • Mari Walls, Director, Professor at CSC – IT Center for Science, Finland

12:00

PLACING EUROPE ON THE MAP OF GENERATIVE AI: Part II  – Scaling up

Venture capital firms in the EU, along with public funds, tend to be more risk-averse when it comes to investing in new AI models. This could potentially be due to a lack of competence in evaluating emerging technologies, such as generative AI, and their potential. With a few exceptions, most European start-ups raise a small amount of funds in Europe, and several have already begun to move overseas. This session will discuss strategies to ensure that innovative and promising AI start-ups can scale up their products and secure sufficient funding while remaining in Europe.

Moderator: Justo Hidalgo, Chief AI Officer, Adigital

12:40

PLACING EUROPE ON THE MAP OF GENERATIVE AI: Part III –  Startup Roundtable

Access to computing resources will significantly reduce the training time for the latest AI models in start-ups, transforming a process that could take months or even years into one that takes just days or weeks. This acceleration will assist start-ups in leading the development and scaling up of their AI models. Moreover, this will ensure that the development of European generative AI is responsible and aligns with European values.

Moderator: Irene López de Vallejo, Regenerative entrepreneur

Carolina Aguilar, CEO, Inbrain Neuroelectronics

13:20

LUNCH BREAK

14:30

FIRESIDE CHAT ON THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON AI

Jānis Kārkliņš, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the Council of Europe, Interviewed by Mario Hernandez, Professor of Constitutional Law, UCM

14:45

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR TRUSTWORTHY AI 

Moderator: Alberto Gago, EU Affairs advisor in the cabinet of the Secretary of State for Digitalisation and AI

  • Yoichi Iida, Deputy Director General, Ministry of International Affairs and Communication, Japan
  • Karen Kennedy, Counsellor and Head of Economics, Trade and Technology , Government of Canada
  • Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy Secretary General, OECD
  • Eleonora Lamm, Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences Sector for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO
  • Lucilla Sioli, Director for AI and Digitalisation of industry, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Merry Walker, Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Critical and Emerging Technology, US Department of State

15:55

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Abhishek Singh, CEO Digital India Corporation, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India

16:05

VIDEO INTERVIEW with Mrs Josephine Teo, Minister for Communications and Information and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation and Cybersecurity, Government of Singapore

16:15

EU-LAC TOWARDS REGULATORY CONVERGENCE ON AI

Keynote speech by Félix Fernández-Shaw, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, DG INTPA

Moderators: Juha Heikkilä, International Advisor for AI, DG CNECT

  • Secretary of State, Carme Artigas (Spain)
  • Secretary of State, Mathieu Michel (Belgium) online
  • Minister for Information Technology and Communications, Mauricio Lizcano (Colombia)
  • Executive Director of AGESIC, Hebert Paguas (Uruguay)
  • Director of OGTIC, Bartolomé Pujals (Dominican Republic)
  • Ambassador – National Coordinator for External Aspects of Digitalisation, AI and Cyber Security, Tadej Rupel, (Slovenia)
  • Secretary of State Micaela Sánchez-Malcom (Argentina)

17:30

CLOSING OF DAY 1


Day 2 – 17 November

Promoting AI Excellence & Trust

09:00

WELCOME COFFEE

10:00

INTRODUCTION OF DAY 2

10:15

INSPIRATIONAL SPEECH AND DEMO ON LARGE LANGUAGE MODELS

Adrián González Sánchez, member of the Spanish AI Observatory – OdiseIA

10:30

TRUSTWORTHY AI FOR ALL: ENSURING INCLUSIVENESS AND FAIRNESS 

Join us as we delve into the potential harms and discrimination risks posed by generative AI models and AI decision support systems, particularly those used in high-risk scenarios such as employment, education, and law enforcement. This session aims to shed light on the technical, social, and legal aspects of these issues, fostering a comprehensive understanding of bias in AI. Additionally, it will discuss how we may be able to measure, detect and combat these biases in order to ensure the trustworthiness and fairness of AI models.
 
Moderator: Emanuela Girardi, President, AI, Data & Robotics Association, ADRA

11:45

IMPLEMENTING THE AI ACT IN PRACTICE

The European Union (EU) is actively regulating the rapid advancement of AI to ensure safe and ethical development. The AI Act, adopting a risk-based approach, emphasizes harmonized standards as fundamental tools for responsible AI deployment. This session aims to discuss ongoing efforts in preparing for the AI Act’s implementation, focusing on intersections between AI standardization, regulatory sandboxes, national competent authorities, industry communication with supervisory bodies, and the AI Pact. Standards support policy implementation, regulatory sandboxes facilitate Act compliance, robust supervision ensures adherence, and the AI Pact encourages early commitment to trustworthy AI. The 75-minute in-person panel discussion targets policymakers, industry leaders, researchers, and stakeholders interested in practical AI Act implementation details.

Moderator: Gry Hasselbalch, Senior Expert AI Ethics, InTouchAI.eu

12:50

Presentation of artistic exhibition

Diana Velasco, Digital artist

Ida Kvetny, Digital artist

13:00

LUNCH BREAK

15:00

AI FOR CYBERSECURITY AND ADVERSARIAL AI

In today’s digital landscape, the intersection of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity poses both opportunities and threats. AI functions as both a weapon and a shield in cybersecurity, with the potential to enhance malicious actors’ capabilities. Cybersecurity is crucial for protecting AI systems, necessitating a “security-by-design” and “security-in-depth” approach. European and national efforts address intricate organizational and research challenges. The AI Act plays a vital role, mandating high-risk AI systems to meet accuracy, robustness, and cybersecurity standards. This session aims to explore the evolving relationship between AI and cybersecurity, discussing risks and mitigation strategies, including the interplay with the AI Act, legislation, and existing risk mitigation mechanisms.

Moderator: Gianluca Misuraca, Team Leader and Senior Expert on Technology Diplomacy, InTouchAI.eu

  • Mario Fritz, CISPA – Helmholtz Center for Information Security
  • Adriana Gutiérrez García, Cybersecurity Demonstrator and Laboratory Technician at the Spanish Institute for Cybersecurity, INCIBE
  • Christoph Peylo, Chief Cyber Security Officer, Bosch
  • Pilar Torres, member of the executive committee of AMETIC and CEO of EVIDEN

16:00

HELPING AI INNOVATORS GET TO MARKET MORE QUICKLY AND RESPONSIBLY: TESTING AND EXPERIMENTATION FACILITIES – TEF

Europe aims for AI excellence with a focus on trust. The strategy emphasizes responsible AI development, prioritizing socio-economic and environmental well-being, safety, and fundamental rights. Testing and Experimentation Facilities (TEFs) will be crucial, providing support for start-ups to test AI-based technologies in real-world scenarios. Join us in this panel to discuss TEFs and their role in the broader ecosystem of innovation policies in Europe. The goal is to achieve European sovereignty in AI by 2030, emphasizing ethical and responsible adoption. TEFs will also contribute to regulatory sandbox initiatives. The 60-minute in-person panel discussion will feature experts and representatives from TEFs and ADRA.

Moderator: Françoise Soulié, Scientific Advisor, HUB IA

17:00

 

CLOSING OF EVENT