Parallel session on Data and AI Skills for Society: The Interactive Debate

November 4, 2020 - 15:30 - 16:30
Focus Track 4 - New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new Society
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The rise of Big Data has caused a huge demand of data analysts, data scientists, data engineers and data-savvy business executives. As AI becomes transformational across end-markets from enterprise to consumer platforms, from cybersecurity to robotics, the demand for data scientists is growing exponentially. Universities across the world are rising to meet this demand with new degrees and courses. However, the unprecedented demand for data science talent is creating a considerable gap between the demand and supply of data scientists.  A recent article in the New York Times estimated that only 10,000 people worldwide have the skills necessary to tackle serious AI research.

The objective of this session is to discuss the evolving nature of Data Science skills needed to deal with Big Data and AI technology. The session will enable a diverse group of cross disciplinary big data and AI stakeholders to network to discuss challenges and opportunities for Europe in Data Science Skills. The outcome of the session will support the Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics and the larger audience by gaining further information from stakeholders about the challenges for data science and AI skills. As a result of the three interactive debate questions, we will have an overview of the evolution, future role and skills required by data scientists, organisations and the wider society. We will have insight on the lessons learnt from the broader introduction of computer science skills into society.

Artur Romão
Director, Innovation and Development at DECSIS
Ed Curry
Vice President at BDVA / Insight / NUI Galway
Ernestina Menasalvas
Profesor at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM)
Mary Cleary
Secretary General, Irish Computer Society at Irish Computer Society
Niels Linden
Senior Director at Capgemini Invent
Rocco Defina
Managing Partner at OXYS Computing
Silvia Merisio
Policy Officer at DG Connect European Commission at European Commission
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