First Austrian IFIP Forum “AI and future society”

DATE:Wednesday, May 8, 2019 – Thursday, May 9, 2019
VENUE:Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT), Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Festsaal (groundfloor)

By the 1950s, we had a generation of scientists, mathematicians, and philosophers who culturally assimilated the concept of artificial intelligence (or AI). Since researchers and practitioners have invented and experimented various approaches and techniques while systems integration is seen as promising and perhaps necessary for true AI, especially the integration of symbolic and connectionist models. Its third wave has been triggered by big data on one hand, increased computer power and motivation to scale more and quicker on the other hand. Technologies as intelligent assistant, automated translators robots, cobots, autonomous vehicles are now available, but they raise even more questions and challenges. The first Austrian IFIP Forum “AI and future society” (International Federation for Information Processing) is supported by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) and IEEE Austria. This is a great opportunity to listen to world renowned researchers such as Cédric Villani (stream) and Sir Roger Penrose, among others.

DATE: 8-9 May, 2019

VENUE: Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT), Radetzkystraße 2, 1030 Vienna, Festsaal (groundfloor)



May 8, 2019

  • 10:00 Registration and coffee to in front of meeting room
  • 11:00 Welcome, AI @IFIP – Mike Hinchey, President IFIP, Michael Wiesmüller, Bundesministerium für Verkehr, Innovation und Technologie (BMVIT)
  • 11:30 Life and Enterprise of the Future–Unlimited X Global Revolution: Challenges, Opportunities and Frontier Issues – Stephen Ibaraki, Chairman REDDS Capital, Founder UN ITU AI for Good, Steering Committee AI Pioneers, Microsoft MVP AI / 14x MVP
  • 12:00 Why Algorithmic Systems Possess No Understanding, Prof Roger Penrose, University of Oxford

13:00 – 14:00 lunch

  • 14 :00 AI Governance and Ethics
    -Dr Clara Neppel, Senior Director, IEEE
    -Dr. Ansgar Koene, Senior Research Fellow, University of Nottingham, Working group chair for IEEE Standard on Algorithm Bias Considerations
    -City of Vienna on certification
  • 15:00 AI for health care – Prof Georg Dorffner, Medical University of Vienna
  • 15:30 AI overview (map of covered fields and impacts) Eunika Mercier-Laurent, IFIP TC12

16:00 – 16:30 coffee break in front of meeting room

  • 16:30 Reasoning in AI or Why Reasoning needs Consciousness – Ulrich Furbach, TC12, University of Koblenz
  • 17:00 Big data, chatbots and NLP, what efficiency and benefits? – Marco Guerini, Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy
  • 17:30-18:30 AI for Smart city
  • 18:30-20:00 networking cocktail – social (and others) impact of AI?

May 9, 2019

  • 9:00- The Role of AI in Transforming Transport – Perspectives & Experiences -DI Martin Russ Geschäftsführer/Managing Director, AustriaTech
  • 9:30 Explainability of black-box approaches – Andreas Holzinger, University of Graz TC12
  • 10:00 How to use AI to build a demand forecasting solution that improves retail efficiency and reduces food waste, Rupert Schiessl, CEO Verteego

10:30 coffee break

  • 11:00 AI in computer games – Helmut Hlavacs, Univ of Vienna, IFIP TC14
  • 11:30: AI & robotics Horst Pichler, Joanneum Research
  • 12:00 Future professions and jobs

12:30 – 13:30 lunch

  • 13:30 AI for Future Society – Challenges and Perspectives (IFIP) (Collaborating safely to build a world empowered by AI – Dave Russell, Amazon video/IFIP)
  • 15:00 Closing Remarks


The Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms is not directly associated with the event.

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