White paper published by Spanish National Initiative on AI and Big Data

The Spansih Big Data and AI Inter-platform initiative, promoted and coordinated by PLANETIC (Spanish technological platform on the ICT sector), has generated a whitepaper to describe the current state of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Spanish scenario, with the aim to identify strengths and areas for improvement. 

This whitepaper describes the Spanish positioning in AI regarding the European strategy, presenting the national and regional strategies that have been developed, an analysis of supply and demand for AI and Big data technologies for each of the sectors represented in the inter-platform initiative, and a review of the current poles of innovation in AI and Big Data, a sector analysis for their applications, opportunities, evolution and growth for Water, Tourism, Health and Manufacturing sectors.

BDVA's Smart Manufacturing Industry group proudly announces the publication of the second version of the Big Data Challenges in Manufacturing Industry (SMI) Whitepaper

BDVA's Smart Manufacturing Industry group proudly announces the publication of the second version of the Big Data Challenges in Manufacturing Industry (SMI) Whitepaper. 

This paper includes an updated and deeper market and trend analysis, an assessment of future trends and scenarios for Smart Factories, Smart Product Lifecycles and Smart Supply Chain, a suggestion for a research and innovation agenda on SMI and an analysis of non-technical challenges (i.e. standardisation, skills and regulatory challenges). Finally, the document also identifies some key highly innovative trends and provides some recommendations for the future.

You can download the paper from this link.  

AI, Data and Robotics Partnership SRIDA information sessions

The AI, Data and Robotics Partnership is one of the candidates for European Partnerships in digital, industry and space in Horizon Europe. It will build on the work of BDVA and euRobotics cPPPs (Big Data Value PPP and SPARC PPP) and on the investment in the broader European AI community (EurAICLAIRE and ELLIS). The Strategic Research, Innovation and Deployment Agenda (SRIDA) defines the vision, overall goals, main technical and non-technical priorities, investment areas and a research, innovation and deployment roadmap for this Partnership. A third version of this document needs to be adopted after summer (consult the second version here). 

During the month of July two separate information sessions will be organised on the 16th (register here) and the 29th (register here). Their purpose is to inform and engage a wider community on the SRIDA update.


BDVA Online Activity Group Workshop on SRIDA update (July 10th)

On the 10th of July, BVDA will host an Online Activity Group Workshop dedicated to discussions on the Strategic Research and Innovation Development Agenda (SRIDA) update.

This event will be highly interactive and will foster an open discussion on new and emerging priorities for Research and Innovation (R&I) activities in the Data and AI domain. This workshop is one of the many community engagement activities which will be organised by BDVA over summer and which are part of the process for the udpate of the SRIDA, as defined with the European Commission. 

For more information on the upcoming Data, AI and Robotics PPP please visit the European Commission's website on European Partnerships under Horizon Europe.

For more information on this event or other SRIDA update related activities please contact BVDA:

HPC, Big Data, IoT and AI future industry-driven collaborative strategic topics (2nd workshop)

The second online workshop on HPC, Big Data, IoT and AI future industry driven collaborative strategic topics will take place on the 3rd of July, from 12h to 14h CEST.

This event aims at continuing the discussions on the future research and innovation needs, and especially in terms of convergence and alignment of the basic technologies and their utilization in industry and by SMEs. It will address a number of key questions on several focus areas for the HPC-HPDA spectrum and notably data, workflows, HPC/Cloud infrastructure and AI/ML training. The agenda will cover:

  • An introduction covering the outcomes of the previous workshop, delivered by Maria Perez, BDVA/UPM (15 min)
  • A panel discussion based on guiding questions (60-90 min) and including presentations from BDV PPP relevant projects.
  • Conclusions and wrap ups (10 min)

Participation to the event is upon invitation only. If you wish to join this event please contact BDVA's at  

More information on the previous event can be found here

Upcoming event on the role and impact of research programmes and projects leveraging AI and Big Data to fight COVID 19

In the context of its activities dedicated to COVID 19, BDVA is currently organizing a webinar on the role and impact of research programmes and projects leveraging AI and Big Data to fight COVID 19. 

By steering a discussion between policy makers and receivers of funding for Big Data and AI projects addressing COVID 19, this webinar will try to draw a number of lessons on the importance of AI and Big Data R&I during the pandemics and discuss how to ensure the impact of the initiatives funded.

The webinar will take place during the month of October. More information and the link for the registration will be provided soon. 

Report of the Online Workshop on the Role of Data Innovation Spaces and Data Driven Innovation Hubs in the European digital transformation

On June 24th, BDVA organised, in collaboration with the European Commission DG-CNECT, a workshop on the Role of Data Innovation Spaces and Data Driven Innovation Hubs in the European digital transformation. 

The objective of this workshop was to discuss about the role of Data Innovation Spaces in the European landscape, and identify their alignment with present and future instruments. The discussion explored the triple dimension of Data Innovation Spaces as instruments to bring data driven innovation to the regional ecosystems, to mobilize and capitalize data and to provide testing and experimentation environments. To this end, the workshop's panel included relevant representatives from the European Commission and European initiatives and projects.

Read more of this post to have access to the summary and the presentations of this event. 

BDVA's next General Assembly taking place on the 8th of July

BDVA's members are invited to join the next General Assembly of BDVA which will take place (online) on the 8th of July from 9.30h to 13h CEST.

During the meeting members will discuss many items including the upcoming partnership on Data, AI and Robotics, outcomes of the current partnerships, the admission of new members and the organisation of the European Big Data Value Forum in Berlin. The agenda also includes a discussion on the Task Forces' activities and on new and ongoing collaborations with other associations. 

For futher information please contact