Human-centric Artificial Intelligence: 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium

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From November 16 to 20, 2020, the French Embassy to Japan and the German Centre for Research and Innovation Tokyo (DWIH Tokyo) together with the AI Japan R&D Network conducted the 2nd French-German-Japanese Symposium on “Human-centric Artificial Intelligence”. The event was held completely online in a virtual immersive environment, which allowed participants and speakers to network in conference halls, breakout rooms and even on a virtual beach through avatars.

The symposium closed with impressive numbers: 100 speakers from all three countries, more than 1,000 registrations and over 4 million impressions on social media. On the last day, the participants spontaneously published a joint statement on “AI Collaboration Aimed at Tackling Planetary-scale Problems in the Anthropocene”.

Event teaser

Event teaser

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Over the five days, a variety of AI-related topics were covered with high-ranking officials introducing each country’s national AI strategy, and an international panel discussed the question of the concrete implications of “Human-centric AI”. Further plenary sessions took up the topics of “Trustworthy AI”, “AI & Covid-19”, “Geopolitics of AI” and promising AI startups joined a pitching session. The symposium also featured a kick-of event, launching nine trilateral research projects to be jointly funded by the agencies: ANR (Agence nationale de la recherche; France), DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft; Germany) and JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency; Japan). Each session was recorded online.

Participants could also choose to attend three of nine parallel sessions on environmental topics (AI & Agriculture, AI & Risk Prevention, Frugal AI), social topics (AI & Democracy, AI & Law, AI & Education) and technical topics (AI & Health Care, HPC, Human-Machine Interaction).

The symposium was a follow-up to the “1st Japanese-German-French DWIH symposium on Artificial Intelligence” initiated by DWIH Tokyo and co-organised by the French Embassy in 2018.

Greeting from H.E. Ms. Ina Lepel (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, Tokyo)

Greeting from H.E. Ms. Ina Lepel (Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, Tokyo)

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Greeting from Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee (President of the DAAD)

Greeting from Prof. Dr. Joybrato Mukherjee (President of the DAAD)

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