Track / Overview

The increasing availability of digital data sources are providing opportunities for policy makers in the sense that appropriate algorithms can digest massive amounts of data into facts and figures to support the conception, development, and implementation of new policies and associated decisions. Suitable algorithms are also contributing to the follow-up of the impact of the policies that are already in place. The algorithms do not only need to be appropriate but should also be well documented and based on scientific methods. This permits to reproduce and possibly challenge the generated facts and figures. Indeed, a strong scientific base is a fundamental condition to the acceptance of algorithms in a policy context. On the other hand, while data science has recently emerged as a new and promising scientific discipline, facts and figures extracted from data should not be solely based on approaches pursued by data driven methods because domain specific expertise and knowledge remain essential. This is also fundamental to help understanding whether the observed correlations are casual or causal.

With that in mind, the AI & Policy track aims at exploring the role and impact of AI in a policy context through an oral session followed by a panel discussion. 

Track / Schedule

Data, algorithms and data governance

With Sofia Olhede

Private synthetic data with GANs, autoencoders and minority oversampling

With Ioannis Kaloskampis

A conversational agent to support citizen interactions powered by Semantic AI

With Dennis Diefenbach

Human-centric AI challenges and opportunities

With Sabrina Kirrane

Visualisation as a mean to foster adoption of AI by policy makers

With Benoît Otjacques

AI for Earth Observation in policy support

With Christina Corbane

Poster Pitch – Predicting the outcome of votes taken by the Swiss National Council applying Machine Learning models by Daniel Müller


Panel discussion – Exploring the role and impact of AI in a policy context: Challenges and opportunities for decision-making

With Bruno Lepri, Steve MacFeely, Emanuele Baldacci & Joanna Bryson

Track / Speakers

Joanna Bryson

Professor of Ethics and Technology, Hertie School of Governance Berlin

Sofia Olhede

Professor of Statistical Data Science, EPFL

Emanuele Baldacci

Director Digital Services, European Commission

Sabrina Kirrane

Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Bruno Lepri

Head of Research Unit, Fondazione Bruno Kessler & Chief AI Scientist Manpower Group

Dennis Diefenbach

Researcher, QAnswer

Ioannis Kaloskampis

Senior Data Scientist, Office for National Statistics UK

Benoît Otjacques

Head of Environmental Informatics, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology

Steve MacFeely

Head of Statistics and Information UNCTAD

Christina Corbane

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

Track / Co-organizers

Jacopo Grazzini

Statistical Officer, Eurostat - European Commission

Pierre Soille

Project Leader, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission

AMLD EPFL 2020 / Tracks & talks

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13:30-17:00 January 2709:00-12:30 January 285ABC

AI & Humanitarian Action

Neil Davison, Max Tegmark, Carmela Troncoso, Alessandro Mantelero, Michela D'Onofrio, Francois Fleuret, Amina Chebira, John C. Havens, Marc Brockschmidt, Helen Toner, Dustin Lewis, Subhashis Banerjee, Rebeca Moreno Jimenez, Netta Goussac, Volkan Cevher, Anika Schumann, Nadia Marsan, Massimo Marelli, Anja Kaspersen

09:00-17:00 January 283A

AI & Cities 2020

Konstantin Klemmer, Shin Alexandre Koseki, Eun-Kyeong Kim, Nicholas Jones, Kamil Kaczmarek, Kiran Zahra, Roger Fischer, Doori Oh, Ran Goldblatt, Martí Bosch, Roman Prokofyev, Dmitry Kudinov, Camille Lechot, Ellie Cosgrave, Javier Pérez Trufero, Layik Hama, Hoda Allahbakhshi, Marta Gonzalez, Valery Fischer, Emmanouil Tranos, Jens Kandt, Yussuf Said Yussuf, Nyalleng Moorosi, Nick Lucius

09:00-17:00 January 281BC

AMLD / Global partners