Rome Symposium 2019

Following the success of the first CLAIRE Symposium in Brussels last September, we held our second symposium in Rome on 27 February 2019, bringing together 100 carefully selected top AI researchers, experts and policy makers to discuss and further develop the main components and strategy to continue the transition of CLAIRE from a grass-roots initiative into a fully operational, fully funded, pan-European organisation.

Date: Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Time: 09:00 – 18:00 (lunch included), followed by drinks at 18:00 and dinner at 20:30.
Location: National Research Council (CNR), Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Entrance at Via dei Marrucini, 62, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

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


9:00 – 09:30

09:30 – 11:30
Session 1: Introduction and status update in Aula Convegni (90 min), Chair: Holger H. Hoos

  • Prof. Holger Hoos (opening) – brief intro to CLAIRE
  • Dr. Andrea Cioffi – State Secretary, Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE)
  • Dr. Piero Poccianti – President, Artificial Intelligence Italian Association (AIxAI)
  • Dr. Iarla Kilbane-Dawe – Head of Φ-lab, European Space Agency (ESA)
  • Prof. Rita Cucchiara – Director, National CINI Laboratory on Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Systems (AIIS)
  • Prof. Giuseppe Valditara  – Department of Higher Education and Research, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)
  • Dr. Roberto Viola (Director-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission)
  • CLAIRE status update

Coffee break in Aula Arangioruiz (30 min)

12:00 – 13:30
Session 2: Breakout session 1: Chances, opportunities and next steps (90 min), Chair: Morten Irgens

Lunch in Aula Arangioruiz (1h)

14:30 – 15:30
Session 3: Breakout session 2: Work on specific topics (60 min), Chair: Philipp Slusallek

Coffee break in Aula Arangioruiz (30 min)

16:00 – 17:00
Session 4: Discussion of results from group work  in Aula Convegni (60 min), Chair: Philipp Slusallek

17:00 – 18:00
Session 5: Next steps and follow-up action in Aula Convegni (60 min), Chair: Holger H. Hoos

  • Prof. Lorenzo Fioramonti, Vice Minister, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR)

18:00 – 18:40
in Aula Arangioruiz





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General Information about the venue and hosting institution

The venue of the CLAIRE Rome Symposium is the headquarter of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The CNR is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.

Founded on 18 November 1923, CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advice Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources.

In the CNR’s research world, the main resource is the available knowledge which means people, with their skills, commitment and ideas. This capital comprises more than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists. Some 4.000 young researchers are engaged in postgraduate studies and research training at CNR within the organization’s top-priority areas of interest. A significant contribution also comes from research associates: researchers, from Universities or private firms, who take part in CNR’s research activities.

Rome Symposium Participants

  • Alexa Kodde, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Amedeo Cesta, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
  • Ana Paiva, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  • Anders Hanssen, OsloMet, Norway
  • Andras Kornai, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary
  • Andras Lorincz, Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
  • Andrea Orlandini, Italian National Research Council (CNR), Italy
  • Andrea Passerini, University of Trento, Italy
  • Anna Sojkowska, IOS Press, Netherlands
  • Anna Tahovská, Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU), Czech Republic
  • Ann Dooms, Vrije Universiteit Brussel/Digital Mathematics, Belgium
  • Ann Nowe, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Anthony G. Cohn, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Bas van der Starre, Birch Consultants, Netherlands
  • Boi Faltings, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL), Switzerland
  • Catholijn Jonker, Delft University of Technology and Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Cédric Herpson, LIP6 – CNRS/Sorbonne University, France
  • Christoph Schommer, University Luxembourg, Luxembourg
  • Daniele Nardi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Davide Bacciu, Università di Pisa, Italy
  • Emanuela Girardi, POP AI, Italy
  • Enrique Alba, Universidad de Málaga, Spain
  • Eva Troppova, CertiCon, Czech Republic
  • Franco Zambonelli, Universita’ di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Fredrik Heintz, Linköping University, Sweden
  • Georg Borges, Saarland University, Institute of Legal Informatics, Germany
  • Giuseppe Attardi, University of Pisa, Italy
  • Giuseppe De Giacomo, Univ. Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy
  • Giuseppe Valditara, Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), Italy
  • Goreti Marreiros, Portuguese Association of Artificial Intelligence, Portugal
  • Hector Geffner, ICREA and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Holger Hoos, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Iarla Kilbane-Dawe, European Space Agency (ESA), Italy
  • Jan Hajič, Charles University, Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Czech Republic
  • Joaquin Vanschoren, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Josef Urban, Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU), Czech Republic
  • Jose Julio Alferes, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal
  • Kaisa Miettinen, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
  • Krzysztof Krawiec, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
  • Laurent Simon, LaBRI / Bordeaux INP / Univ. Bordeaux, France
  • Lorenzo Fioramonti, Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research (MIUR), Italy
  • Luigia Carlucci Aiello, Univ. Roma, Italy
  • Luis Manuel Sarro, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED), Spain
  • Lynda Hardman, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica; Utrecht University; Amsterdam Data Science, Netherlands
  • Maarten de Rijke, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Marc Schoenauer, INRIA, France
  • Marcus Maertens, European Space Agency (ESA), Italy
  • Maria Bielikova, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia
  • Marie Anastacio, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Marija Slavkovik, Universitetet i Bergen, Norway
  • Martin Golumbic, University of Haifa, Israel
  • Massimo Azzano, Airbus Defense and Space, Germany
  • Matthias Klusch, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
  • Maurizio Lenzerini, Univ. Roma, Italy
  • Mauro Vallati, University of Huddersfield, United Kingdom
  • Michal Pechoucek, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Mitra Baratchi, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Morten Irgens, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
  • Ole J. Mengshoel, Norwegian Open AI Laboratory, Norway
  • Paul Lukowicz, Humane AI, Germany
  • Pavel Burget, Factorio Solutions, Czech Republic
  • Petri Myllymäki, Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence, Finland
  • Philipp Slusallek, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
  • Pilar Dellunde, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Raja Chatila, Sorbonne Universite, France
  • Renee van Kessel, Birch Consultants, Netherlands
  • René Schumann, HES-SO Valais / Wallis, Switzerland
  • Rita Cucchiara, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Roberto Sebastiani, Università di Trento, Italy
  • Ruth Aylett, Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom
  • Saso Dzeroski, Jozef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
  • Silke Balzert-Walter, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
  • Stefanos Kollias, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Tarek R. Besold, Alpha Health AI Lab @ Telefonica Innovation Alpha, Spain
  • Thilo Stadelmann, The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Switzerland
  • Thomas Bäck, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Tomas Pajdla, Czech Technical University in Prague, Czech Republic
  • Valeriya Naumova, Simula Metropolitan Center for Digital Engineering, Norway
  • Vincenzo Nanni, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Italy
  • Vit Dockal, Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC CTU), Czech Republic
  • Wolfgang Nejdl, L3S & Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

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