2018 September 7 – CLAIRE Brussesl Symposium

Friday 7 September 2018 @ Norway House, Rue Archimède 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

The day-long symposium was held at Norway House in Brussels, on 7 September. It brought together 100 carefully selected participants from academia, industry and public administration, including 35 world-leading AI researchers. The event was opened by ​Oda Helen Sletnes, ​the Norwegian Ambassador to the European Union; Juha Heikkilä, who is leading the European Commission’s work on artificial intelligence; and François Sillion, France’s new national coordinator on AI. The goal of the symposium was to elaborate a common European strategy for excellence in artificial intelligence, and to provide guidance to European and national decision makers on the major investments in AI needed to ensure a leadership role for Europe in AI research and innovation. Read more about the CLAIRE symposium at​ claire-ai.org/symposium and in our 10 September Press Release: “CLAIRE: We Need to Take Bold Steps to Keep Europe Competitive in  Artificial Intelligence“.

The symposium was organised by the initiators of CLAIRE: Holger Hoos from Leiden University (The Netherlands), Morten Irgens from Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway), and Philipp Slusallek from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI, Germany). Generous support for the event was provided by Arvato CRM Solutions, the Norwegian Research Council, the Norwegian Mission to the EU, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI, Germany), Leiden University (The Netherlands) and Oslo Metropolitan University (Norway).

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Attendance at the Symposium was free of charge, and lunch and dinner on the day of the event was provided; however, we did not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

See the list of participants here


Registration (9:30 – 10:00)

Part 1 – Introduction and status (10:00 – 11:15)

  • Welcome message, Morten Irgens (Vice Rector of Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)
  • Opening, Ambassador Oda Helen Sletnes (Ambassador of Norway to the European Union)
  • “Welcome from EurAI”, Barry O’Sullivan (President of the European Association for Artificial Intelligence)
  • Artificial Intelligence for Europe“, Juha Heikkilä (Head of Unit, Robotics & Artificial Intelligence, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission)
  • “National support actions for AI research in France”, François Sillion (Coordinator of the French AI research program)
  • Introduction to CLAIRE and the symposium“, Holger Hoos (Professor of Machine Learning at Leiden University, The Netherlands)

Coffee break (30 min)

Part 2 – Breakout session 1: Towards a detailed, unified plan (11:45 – 13:00)

Chair, Philipp Slusallek (Scientific Director at German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence)

Lunch (1h30)

Part 3 – Breakout session 2: Work on specific topics (14:30 – 15:30)

Chair, Holger Hoos (Professor of Machine Learning at Leiden University, The Netherlands)

  • Form groups to work on topics identified in Breakout session 1
  • Breakout session: Propose one or more solutions per identified topic

Coffee break (30 min)

Part 4 – Breakout session 3: Work on specific topics (16:00 – 17:00)

Chair, Holger Hoos (Professor of Machine Learning at Leiden University, The Netherlands)

  • Present and discuss results from Breakout session 2
  • Broadly agreed upon solutions to identified topics

Part 5 – The path forward – next steps (17:00- 18:00)

Chair, Morten Irgens(Vice Rector of Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway)

  • Presentation of solutions to identified topics
  • Discussion of ideas for concrete steps forwards
  • Brief wrap-up

Reception (18:00 – 19:00)

Dinner (20:00)


  • Arvato CRM Solutions
  • Norwegian Research Council
  • Norwegian Mission to the EU
  • European Association for Artificial Intelligence (EurAI)
  • The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
  • Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
  • Leiden University

If you haven’t yet seen our new videos (released over the last 10 days), check them out on our YouTube channel at https://goo.gl/JFzdc6.In those short clips, prominent European AI researchers and participants of the CLAIRE Symposium in Brussels share their views on the significance of AI, the need for a broad and ambitious European vision for excellence in AI and their enthusiasm for CLAIRE.