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Dr. Alicia Fornés and Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas, invited speakers at this year’s Global Forum on AI for Humanity

A gathering of more than 150 researchers in Paris, the Global Forum AI for Humanity has the aim of setting the foundations for a global think tank in AI. This year’s meeting took place at the end of October, with a set of professionals from varied disciplines who analysed future challenges and opportunities of this technology.

Organised by the ‘Programme national de recherché française en IA’ and coordinated by INRIA, the Forum had the patronage of France’s Republic president, Mr. Emmanuel Macron and was an opportunity for professionals from different sectors, such as industry, humanities or the public administration, to gain insight on the current advances of Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas and Dr. Alicia Fornés were two of the more than 150 invited researchers who gave their expertise about this subject. Dr. Alicia Fornés was part of the expert panel dedicated to Digital History, in which she talked about the combination of computer vision and gamification for transcribing historical manuscripts. Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas, on the other hand, took part in the future of the machines and social interaction & intervention session talking about “Surviving in man-made environments: the case for language and vision”.

The event was held within the framework of the French government’s national strategy for Artificial Intelligence, and was an opportunity to identify a set of guidelines for three main themes. Firstly, the development of an ecosystem of talent; secondly, the dissemination of AI and its transfer to the economy and public administration, and lastly, the implementation of an ethical model which fosters innovation whilst maintaining the protection of fundamental rights.

As stated by the main organisers of the event, “the Global Forum on AI for Humanity is essential to establish a common comprehension of the new perspectives offered by AI, of the problems that emerge and the methods used that will allow us to solve these new challenges”. Furthermore, it aims to “create a set of recommendations for national and international initiatives”.

Dr. Alicia Fornés and Dr. Dimosthenis Karatzas were not the only representatives of Spain in this gathering. Dr. Ramon López de Màntaras, Director of the Institute of Artificial Intelligence, was also invited, along with Dr. Carme Torras, Director of the Institute of Research in Robotics, Dr. Ricardo Baeza Yates, Professor of the UPF, (the three of them also located in Barcelona) and Dr. Enrique Vidal, from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

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