Rome Symposium 2019

Agenda Sponsors General Info Participants


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.



Registration (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)

Reception in Aula Arangioruiz (18:00 – 18:40)

Dinner (20:00)







Sponsors from Industry



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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