Strengthen Data & AI synergies to improve smart cities’ services facing new climate and societal challenges

November 22, 2022 - 14:00 - 15:30
Dialog room
Smart Cities and communities
In person
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Cities across Europe are facing considerable challenges in terms of growth, pushed by the rapid evolution of communities. The European Commission’s strategies and communities’ rapid development has led cities towards continuous and dynamic resilience. By providing services with both leveraging data and AI systems potential[2], as a part of their twin transition, more than 240 EU cities have taken initiatives to support citizen needs[1]. Cities and communities are now called to explore functioning patterns to enhance and strengthen Data & AI synergies while facing challenges on data availability, reliability, data interdependency and ethical issues for the fair use of AI[3].To face the identified challenges, the approach to new services’ definition and implementation must lead policymakers and technology providers to understand how better design AI algorithms and data interoperability models while assessing the humans-agents interaction mechanism, thus overcoming social barriers, and enhancing social trust in Data & AI systems for urban/peri-urban areas. The way policymakers and technology providers conceive such services is changing, as well as the way citizens’ attitude. Can the synergy between data and AI systems, with a human-centric and cross-sectoral approach, be the key to achieving the goals of the dual transition?

The session will present the different perspectives bringing together different stakeholders (from policy makers to research centres, and from public sector representatives to private sector ones). Moreover, it will map and put together several (on going and/or just started) relevant initiatives that all together will make a concrete and sustainable use of data and AI for cities and local communities possible.

[1] https://joinup.ec.europa.eu/sites/default/files/document/2020-07/jrc120399_Misuraca-AI-Watch_Public-Services_30062020_DEF_0.pdf

[2] Herath H, Mittal M, Adoption of artificial intelligence in smart cities: A comprehensive review. International Journal of Information Management Data Insights, (2022) 2(1) 100076.

[3] https://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/BRIE/2021/662936/IPOL_BRI(2021)662936_EN.pdf

Presentations of the session:

Roberto Di Beranrdo presentation (Introduction)

Javier Orozco presentation

Kimmo Rossi presentation

Rut Bízková presentation


Kimmo Rossi
Head of sector of the DG CONNECT at European Commission
Roberto Di Bernardo
Head of Open Government R&D group at Engineering
Vega Rodrigálvarez Chamarro
Senior Programmer Analyst at Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón (ITAINNOVA)
Sergio Mayo Macías
Project Manager at Instituto Tecnológico de Aragón
Lukáš Kačena
Consultant at PRG.AI
Rut Bizkova
Consultant/Advisor for the Minister at ISFOR Science, Research and Innovattion
Benedikt Kotmel
Head of Data Platform Department at Operátor ICT
Javier Orozco-Messana
Seconded National Expert/Project Officer at European Commission DG CNECT unit C3
Francesca Spagnoli
Head of Capacity Building & Research at European Network of Living Lab (ENoLL)
Ilkka Lakaniemi
Director of the Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research at Aalto University
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