Background

The “AI in Africa & SDGs: Bridging Networks and Fostering Climate Action” workshop, hosted by Naixus, aims to harness Artificial Intelligence (AI) for advancing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a focus on climate action in Africa. This event features a Half-Day Workshop exploring AI’s role in climate resilience, sustainable agriculture, and policy support for SDGs, alongside a Discovery Workshop facilitating brief, impactful presentations on AI innovations for SDGs. Designed to stimulate discussion, encourage collaboration, and showcase AI solutions, the workshop seeks to connect researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and communities across Africa.

By highlighting successful AI projects and fostering knowledge exchange, this initiative endeavors to strengthen networks for AI and SDGs in Africa, outline actionable strategies for leveraging AI in climate action, and contribute to the achievement of SDGs through innovative technological applications. Open to a wide range of participants, the workshop is a step towards creating a sustainable future through the intersection of AI technology and sustainable development in Africa.

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Time Speaker Description
09:00 John Shawe-Taylor, Davor Orlic and Essa Mohamedali Welcome and Opening Remarks
09:00 – 09:30 Joao Pita Cost, IRCAI, and Mustapha Zaouni, AI Africa Building an African Water Observatory from Open Data and AI
09:30 – 10:00 Simon Ndogo Ndung’u, Kabarak University A Data-driven Model for Sustainable Deployment of Water Resources in Africa
10:00 – 10:30 Victor Magnus Oldensand, Tanzania AI Community Twiga: the RAG-backed WhatsApp bot for Tanzanian Teachers
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30 Essa Mohamedali, Tanzania AI Community Improving the Use of Integrated Management of Childhood Illness Protocols in Tanzania
11:30 – 12:00 Nirel Kadzo, CMU Africa "Hello Afrika”, Speech Commands in Kinyarwanda
12:00 – 12:30 Gabriel Isaac Lacson Ramolete, Aboitiz Data Innovation Opportunities for Property Valuation and Sustainable Growth with Machine Learning and Alternative Data in Kenya
12:30 – 13:00 Amal Nammouchi,
Sabrina Amrouche, AfriClimate AI
Leveraging AI for Climate Resilience in Africa: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Need for Collaboration
13:00 – 13:30 Edmond Anthony Ng’walago Determination the use of digital tools solving energy-water inefficiency of irrigation systems

 

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Hosted by the UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence and UNESCO Chair on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Engineering at University College London (UCL), the UNESCO UK Chairs Conference at UCL brings together distinguished UNESCO Chairs from across the United Kingdom to discuss and advance their collective contributions to science, education, and sustainable development. The two-day event will focus on the theme of activating UK expertise and building partnerships to address global challenges and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Time Speaker Description
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM John Shawe-Taylor, Dina D’Ayala Registration and Welcome Refreshments
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM ● Welcome remarks by Professor Anne Anderson, Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO.

● Welcome remarks by Professor Nigel Tichiner-Hooker, Dean of UCL Engineering.

Introduction and Welcome
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM ● Speakers: Professor Anne Anderson, Chair, UKNC. Professor David Drewry, Vice-Chair, UKNC and Professor David Hannah, UNESCO Chair in Water Sciences, University of Birmingham.

● Speakers: Professor Dina D’Ayala, UNESCO Chair on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Engineering, UCL and Professor John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence, UCL.

The Distinctive Contribution of UNESCO Chairs in advancing Science and Education, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Coffee Break
2:45 PM – 3.30 PM ● Moderator: Professor Dina D’Ayala, UCL.

● Contributors: Soichiro Yasukawa, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction Unit, UNESCO.

● Professor Richard Giulianotti, UNESCO Chair in Sport, Physical Activity and Education for Development, Loughborough University.

● Dr Nicola Gray, UNESCO Chair in Global Health and Education, University of Huddersfield.

● Professor Leon Tikly, UNESCO Chair in Transforming Knowledge and Research for Just and Sustainable Futures, University of Bristol.

● Including contributions from attendees.

Debate Discussion: Engaging and Influencing UNESCO Policy
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM ● Borhene Chakroun, Director of Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO

● Professor Juliet Thondhlana, UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development, University of Nottingham.

● Dr Ann Njeri, L’Oreal UNESCO fellow, Newcastle University.

● Dr Catherine Jere, UNESCO Co-Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation, University of East Anglia.

● Rovani Sigamoney, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa.

● Including contributions from attendees.

Activating UNESCO Chair Contributions to UK and UNESCO Priorities; including Women and Girls’ Education and Campus Africa
5:00 PM – 5:10 PM ● Professor Anne Anderson, Chair, UKNC Concluding Remarks and Next Steps Day 1
5.30 PM – 7.30 PM ● Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, London WC1E 6DE Dinner Reception at the Grant Museum of Zoology
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Morning Coffee and Informal Networking
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM ● Presentations by UNESCO Chairs showcasing their projects and outcomes

● Emphasis on innovative approaches, research contributions, and educational impacts

● Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow.

● Professor Robin Conningham, UNESCO Chair in Archaeological Ethics and Practice in Cultural Heritage

● Professor Ted Fuller, UNESCO Chair on Responsible Foresight for Sustainable Development, University of Lincoln.

Session Topic to be determined by Chair contributions in advance. May include; Case Studies: Innovations and Impact through UNESCO Chairs following a call for contributions that could also be included in an online repository
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Coffee Break
10:45 AM – 11:30 AM ● John Carmichael, Head of Communications and Marketing, UKNC.

● Professor Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, University of Glasgow and Professor Peter Frankopan, UNESCO Chair in Silk Roads Studies, University of Cambridge.

● Contributions from other chairs who have been successful in communicating their work.

Comms Panel Debate: Enhancing the Visibility and Impact of UNESCO Chairs
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM ● Moderator: Professor Anne Anderson

● Emphasis on innovative approaches, research contributions, and educational impacts

Follow-up and next steps, including Campus Africa engagement
12:15 PM – 13:00 PM ● Speaker: Colin de la Higuera, who in 2017, based on the project Class’Code contributed to launch in France, a UNESCO Chair in Technologies for the Training of Teachers by Open Educational Resources at the University of Nantes. Since 2020, he is Chief Equality Advocate at IRCAI. In 2021, UNESCO renewed the Chair in “Open Educational Resources and Artificial Intelligence”. Closing Keynote: UNESCO Chairs and Strategic Partnerships
13:00 PM ● Professor Anne Anderson, Chair, UK National Commission for UNESCO. Conference Close

The EU-funded HumanE-AI-Net project unites leading European research centers, universities, and industrial enterprises into a network of excellence. This collaboration involves top global artificial intelligence (AI) laboratories working with key players in fields such as human-computer interaction, cognitive science, social science, and complexity science. The project aims to push researchers beyond their specialized domains and connect them with those exploring AI on a broader scale. The challenge is to develop robust, trustworthy AI systems that can understand humans, adapt to complex real-world environments, and interact appropriately in complex social settings. HumanE-AI-Net will establish the principles for a new science of AI grounded in European values and designed to be more relatable to Europeans.

The meeting is planned as follows:

  • 8 April: Integration workshops for the macro-projects. All macro-project participants are expected to attend. The workshop is expected to be hands-on, leading to concrete improvements in the work.
  • 9 April: General project meeting, including short presentations of each macro-project. Representatives of each partner are expected to attend. There is a possibility for the macro-projects to continue their work in parallel to the project meeting.

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Time Speaker Description
13:00 Armin Barbalata Joint welcome of the organizers
13:10 Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner Introduction to AI
13:40 Nicole Höss Examples from medium sized companies
14:05 Johanna Fahrnhammer Make or Buy? Two examples of collaboration with start-ups
15:15 Dr. Martin Häusl Generative AI: An introduction
15:30 Johanna Fahrnhammer Workshop "Experience AI Introduction"
16:30 Closure & Networking

Background

Artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the most important cornerstones of digitalization as a key technology. Due to the emergence of generative AI solutions such as ChatGPT, Google Bard and DALL-E, the topic has noticeably broadened its potential. The possible applications in a wide variety of industries and business areas are diverse. The benefits for companies should not be neglected, however, as AI can be used to save resources, increase efficiencies and develop entirely new business models.

To make AI more tangible for businesses, the annual conference “AI for SMEs” will take place on October 26, 2023. Join us and receive numerous impulses through expert presentations and best practices. Look forward to learning how other companies have implemented AI, what funding opportunities are available, how you can implement AI yourself, and more. Also, take the chance to network with experts and other AI-interested people in our networking area!

Prof. Dr. Alexander Pretschner, scientific director and speaker of fortiss GmbH, asks the crucial question during his talk "When is AI good (enough)?" How "well" does AI work, and when does it work well enough? We prefer to use machine learning, currently the most successful form of AI, for problems that we cannot describe precisely ("Detect pedestrians!" or "Give useful answers to arbitrary questions!"). The question of the quality of corresponding systems is a very difficult one from the outset. He argues that it is often useful and sometimes not – and what that means for the application of Machine Learning in practice.

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  • Florian Waldeck (LUCE)

Programme

Time Speaker Description
Introduction to AI Alexander Pretschner Introduction to AI

Background

Results from existing AI research projects and digitization solutions from the development and research environment will be presented.

You will also get to know the new Bavarian Center for Software Innovation: Its partners OTH Amberg-Weiden, TH Ingolstadt and fortiss GmbH will present current trends in software development and AI that you can use for your own benefit.

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  • Frank Dignum (UMU)
  • Virginia Dignum (UMU)

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  • Frank Dignum (UMU)

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Time Speaker Description
12.15 Carlos Zednik Upcoming seminar Friday 6 October: Does Explainable AI Need Cognitive Models?

Background

#frAIday is a series of inspiring talks on Artificial Intelligence organised by TAIGA, the Centre for Transdisciplinary AI at Umeå University. Participating in #frAiday is your opportunity to share your knowledge about AI, learn more, and discuss a wide range of perspectives on AI. Join, and meet new interesting people!

The HumaneAI project partners will be presenting the project progress at our second review with the European Commission. After 24 months of successful implementation, the consortium will have the chance to showcase their impressive results at our review meeting, which took place on 2nd October 2023.

00:20 09:00 09:20 Tour de table
00:30 09:20 09:50 Overall progress overview
01:00 09:50 10:50 WP1/2 progress overview
00:20 10:50 11:10 break
00:30 11:10 11:40 WP4 progress overview
00:30 11:40 12:10 WP5 progress overview
01:00 12:10 13:10 WP6/7 progress overview
01:00 13:10 14:10 lunch
00:30 14:10 14:40 WP3 progress overview
00:30 14:40 15:10 WP8 progress overview
00:20 15:10 15:30 break
00:30 15:30 16:00 WP9 progress overview
00:20 16:00 16:20 WP10/11+Summary
00:30 16:20 16:50 reviewers internal discussions
00:20 16:50 17:10 feedback/discussion

In this half-day workshop, we highlight various research opportunities and career paths for excellent researchers in the field of computing, with reflections on gender equality and diversity. We have invited a select number of successful researchers from industry and academia, who will take the stage to share their perspectives and unique insights into their careers and research domains. With this event we aim to foster mentorship in career development for young (female) researchers by establishing and strengthening a network of Women* in Computing.

Agenda

11:00-12:00 Discussions on the Workshop Series (SFB-internal)
12:00-12:30 Opening and Welcome (with finger food)
13:00-13:30 Flash introductions
13:30-15:30 Speaker session I

  • Andrea Volkamer (Saarland University)
  • Miriam Butt (University of Konstanz)
  • Sarah Völkel (Google)
15:30-16:00 Coffee break
16:00-18:00 Speaker session II

  • Enxhi Gjini (Takeda)
  • Andrea Šipka (DFKI)
  • Passant Elagroudy (DFKI)
18:00-18:30 Group discussions (with finger food)
18:30-19:00 Concluding discussion and closing
20:00-22:00 Working dinner: Planning WiC ‘24 (organizers + speakers)

Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence (HHAI2023) is the second international conference focusing on the study of Artificial Intelligent systems that cooperate synergistically, proactively and purposefully with humans, amplifying instead of replacing human intelligence.

Find the program here and an overview of all papers here.

HHAI2023 is organised by the Dutch Hybrid Intelligence Center and the European HumaneAI Network, as the second conference in what we intend to become a series of conferences about Hybrid Human Artificial Intelligence.

HHAI aims for AI systems that assist humans and vice versa, emphasizing the need for adaptive, collaborative, responsible, interactive and human-centered intelligent systems that leverage human strengths and compensate for human weaknesses, while taking into account social, ethical and legal considerations.

This field of study is driven by current developments in AI, but also requires fundamentally new approaches and solutions. In addition, we need collaboration with areas such as HCI, cognitive and social sciences, philosophy & ethics, complex systems, and others.

In this first international conference, we invite scholars from these fields to submit their best original, new as well as in progress, visionary and existing work on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence.

The second International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence
The second International Conference on Hybrid Human-Artificial Intelligence

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The German Entrepreneurship’s AI Beyond Borders Awards have been created to recognize the top 3 AI startups who are not only pushing the boundaries in artificial intelligence technology, but also are about to take off on an exciting journey across borders to expand internationally.

AI (Artificial Intelligence) startups face particular challenges when they take their business across international borders, be those national data regulations, or simply the cultural acceptance of artificial intelligence technology. It’s important for startups to plan for internationalization early, to educate themselves on potential markets, to make early connections, and to forge long-term partnerships in each new country.

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13.30 - 15.00 Mireille Hildebrandt (moderator), Gianmarco Gori (introducing the Report as author), Paul Lukowicz (coordinator HAI Net), Masha Medvedeva (CS), Tom Lenaerts (CS), Johannes Textor (CS), Irena Kamera (Law), Michael Veale (CS, STS, Law)

Background

The machine learning pipeline kicks off with the collection and curation of training data. Besides the environmental impact of generating, storing and processing ever more data, there are more reasons to question the sustainability of this type of data-driven AI systems. This panel will engage with a report written by Gianmarco Gori for the Human AI Network that is focused on groundbreaking research into human-centred AI. The report investigates how a ‘legal protection debt’ builds up in the ML pipeline where upstream design decisions may have a major downstream impact on the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons. The report confronts the legal duties of the GDPR and the legal framework for open data and open science, highlighting the need for responsible AI from the perspective of legal protection by design. The panel hosts computer scientists, developers and legal scholars, promising an animated debate about arduous issues in data-driven research.

Please consult the report in this link: https://www.cohubicol.com/assets/uploads/hai-net-report.pdf

About

EurAI annually sponsors a specialized Artificial Intelligence course called the Advanced Course on AI (ACAI). EurAI invites member societies to submit proposals for organizing the 20th Advanced Course on AI (ACAI-2023).

From this year EurAI made the ACAI school to be part of a larger European Summer School on Artificial Intelligence (ESSAI), structured following the successful model developed by ESSLLI.

Core local organizing committee

Aleksander Sadikov (University of Ljubljana)
Vida Groznik (University of Primorska, University of Ljubljana)
Sašo Džeroski (Jožef Stefan Institute)
Jure Žabkar (University of Ljubljana)