More than 530 participants joint the AI, Data and Robotics Partnership information sessions

Two information sessions have been organised in July 2020 (July 16th and July 29th) with the objective of providing overall information about the upcoming AI, Data and Robotics Partnership, its Strategic Research, Innovation and Deployment Agenda (SRIDA) and the way to engage and contribute. Over 530 people attended the information sessions. Both sessions involved keynote speakers from the communities involved and in particular:

  • Thomas Hahn, BDVA President Chief Software Expert SIEMENS AG, introduced the rationale for the establishment of the Partnership and provided some information on the history of its conception. 
  • Juha Heikkilä (Head of Unit, A1, DG CNECT, European Commission)(session 1)/Cécile Huet (Deputy Head of Unit, A1, DG CNECT, European Commission)(session 2) and Kimmo Rossi (Head of Sector, G1, DG CNECT European Commission)(session 1)/Federico Milani (Deputy Head of Unit, G1, DG CNECT European Commission)(session 2) illustrated the policy background of the initiative and mentioned the expectations which come with the establishment of this Partnership.  
  • Sonja Zillner (Siemens/BDVA), Michela Milano (University of Bologna/EurAI) and David Bisset (iTechnic/euRobotics), as members of the SRIDA Core Editorial team, introduced the concept of the Partnership and presented the process for the update of its Strategic Research Innovation and Deployment (SRIDA) agenda. They also explained how to contribute to the process of the SRIDA update. 
  • Ana García Robles (BDVA Secretary General) explained to participants the different ways to engage in the partnership.

All materials presented are available on the parntership webpage. All stakeholders interested in the topics covered by the partnership are invited to provide input to the next SRIDA version with a deadline on August 28th. The current SRIDA consultation version and the form to provide feedback can be found in the Resources are of the AI, Data and Robotics Partnership webpage. A FAQ document can also be found on the same site.

Both of the Horizon 2020 partnerships, BDVA and euRobotics/SPARC cPPPs, achieved high impact by enhancing cohesion and engagement within the wider data and robotics ecosystems and communities. This new Partnership, as described in this parnterhip proposal, builds on the work of these current partnerships and on the investment in the broader European AI community crystallised in the formation and existence of EurAI, CLAIRE and ELLIS.