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Workshop on Regulating Artificial Intelligence

January 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

‘I am pessimistic about AI but an optimist because of will’

Artificial intelligence and big data are taking an increasingly important place in our everyday life. What used to be once a niche research topic in computer science, has become now the main leverage of the digital revolution. From this perspective AI is becoming a major strategic tool in hand of states and large corporates to shape the future. In this talk, we will first attempt a taxonomy of different ways algorithms and AI are used as society changer tools. After a critical assessment of the different categories we will describe how various countries (USA, China, Europe, etc.…) are currently integrating AI into their national development strategies and evaluate the benefit and risks involved with these strategies.


Event Program

10:00 – 10:05: Introduction and Overview: Dr. Ben Wagner, WU Vienna

10:05 – 11:00: Regulating Artificial Intelligence: Prof. Dr. Kave Salamatian, University of Savoie

11:00 – 11:15: Governance of Algorithms: Dr. Florian Saurwein, Austrian Academy of Sciences

11:15 – 12:25: Discussion

12:25 – 12:30: Concluding remarks: Dr. Ben Wagner, WU Vienna


About the Speakers:

Kave Salamatian, PhD, is a professor of computer science at University of Savoie and Fellow at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights (CIHR). His main areas of researches are Internet measurement, modelling and networking information theory. He was previously reader at Lancaster University, UK and associate professor at University Pierre et Marie Curie. Kavé has graduated with a Phd in Computer Science in 1998 from Paris SUD-Orsay university, where he worked on joint source channel coding applied to multimedia transmission over Internet

In a former life, he graduated with a MBA, and worked on market floor as a risk analyst and on enjoyed being an urban traffic modeler for some years. In particular, he is interested in cyber strategy and explaining that guaranteeing freedom of speech and equal access to network is not only a human right obligation by is also the wisest strategic decision that a government can take in Internet domain.

Florian Saurwein is a Senior Scientist at the Institute for Comparative Media and Communication Studies (CMC), Austrian Academy of Sciences and the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt. He is part of the ‘Media Accountability & Media Change’ Research Group, where he leads the Tripple A research project on Algorithms, Automation and Accountability. He previously worked at the Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research of the University of Zurich and completed his PhD at the University of Vienna.


January 19, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 pm