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SME Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence


Brussels, Belgium, 05 December 2019

A new Focus Group on AI for Europe

Together with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), European DIGITAL SME Alliance will be forming a Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The JRC, through its AI WATCH activity, is monitoring the development, uptake and impact of AI in Europe as foreseen in the EU Coordinated Plan on Artificial Intelligence adopted in December 2018. As part of its role, it is seeking close feedback from AI intensive companies to monitor the adoption of AI technologies in relation with the impact of EU initiatives on the topic.

What is the aim of the Joint Focus Group on AI? The Joint Focus Group on AI will help DIGITAL SME and the JRC to understand the adoption, use, and impacts over time of AI and related technologies (robotics, automation in general, machine learning, etc.). The Focus Group will work together to define the current state of adoption and use of AI, and to follow over the next 3 to 5 years how and what changes through the introduction of tools linked to AI (for example how management change and data integration, production, support or management processes), and the social and economic impacts of these changes (e.g. skills, recruitment, employers-workers relations).

Who can join? We invite you to share this call to join the Focus Group with your SME members who focus on providing AI solutions or who are intensive AI users. We are aiming to form a pool of companies that can join the AI Focus Group and will help to inform EU policy making over a 3 to 5 year period. Thus, member would be expected to take part in 1-2 meetings of the Focus Group per year.

Benefits of participation:

  • Travel and accommodation will be covered.

  • The benefits for those who take part are not only of visibility at European level, but also of being able to bring directly to the European Commission experiences, problems and critical issues that, if detected also in other European areas, can lead to new community initiatives in terms for example regulations, guidelines, research lines or funds.

Timeline:

  • Until 10 January 2020 – Open call to join Focus Group on AI

  • February – March 2020 – First face to face Focus Group Meeting

  • September – October 2020 – Second Focus Group Meeting (online)

  • The focus group will run for approximately 3 to 5 years and meet 2 times per year (online or in person)

The European Commission and DIGITAL SME will select approximately 20 SMEs to take part in the Focus Group on AI.

Please do not hesitate to address any questions to Ms. Annika Linck (a.linck@digitalsme.eu).

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