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Webinar 'EIT Artificial Intelligence for Europe: Results and future steps'
February 23, 2022

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EIT Digital, EIT Health, EIT Manufacturing, EIT ClimateKIC, EIT InnoEnergy and EIT Food have joined forces to foster collaboration in, education about, and uptake of Artificial Intelligence by European enterprises and society:

  • Leveraging AI for economic benefits while securing European values
  • Educating on AI for society and workforce to be ready for new challenges
  • Engage in the shaping the development of AI policies and regulations

About KICs

The EIT Artificial Intelligence Community consists of the following Knowledge and Innovation Communities, or KICs: EIT Climate-KIC, EIT Digital, EIT InnoEnergy (since 2021), EIT Manufacturing and EIT Urban Mobility (in 2020 only). Through the KICs, EIT strengthens cooperation among businesses (including SMEs), higher education institutions and research organisations, forms dynamic pan-European partnerships, and creates favourable environments for creative thought processes and innovations to flourish.

The KICs carry out activities that cover the entire innovation chain: training and education programmes, reinforcing the journey from research to the market, innovation projects, bringing new products and services to market, as well as business incubators and accelerators.

About the Cross-KIC Artificial Intelligence Activity

As part of the Cross-KIC Innovation Impact initiative, we aim at facilitating the KICs’ innovation capacities and leveraging the impact of the KICs’ innovation pillar.

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become an area of strategic importance and a key driver of economic development. As a result, a European initiative was kicked off in Q2, 2019 called “Artificial Intelligence for Europe”. A budget allocated of around € 2.5 billion has been earmarked in order to increase efforts in the key areas of AI in Europe:

  • Boost the EU’s technological and industrial capacity in AI, uptaking it across public and private sectors;
  • Empower the education system to pre-empt the socio-economic changes that will come with the rise of AI and modernize training and talent management systems that support the labour market and increase the employability of trainees;
  • Build ethical and legal frameworks to ensure all rights of citizens are protected.

Furthermore, the AI Alliance has been founded with the aim of supporting the technological, ethical, legal and socio-economic aspects that boost EU's research and industrial capacity in AI, and to put AI at the service of European citizens and economy. In particular, it seeks to ensure that policies are in place to secure each EU citizen during this initiative.

The EIT in turn is investing resources in this Cross KIC initiative that will position the EIT Community as one of the major players and thought leaders on AI in Europe.

The main areas to be investigated include:

Data & algorithms

  • Data protection, privacy and governance
  • Best-in-class data platforms and AI algorithms
  • Exchange and inter-operability of data platforms
  • Algorithm testing and validation

Applications & business

  • Deployment of AI in existing verticals, or creation of new AI-driven verticals
  • European leadership in building AI-driven businesses
  • Development of data-based business models

Policy & regulation

  • EU, national and local policies favoring data sovereignty & AI development (incl. field testing or user-testing)
  • Legal aspects (e.g. transparency, liability)
  • Ethical aspects
  • Current regulation on the validation of algorithms

Skills & capabilities

  • Identifying training programmes available within the KIC community
  • For individuals: support in identifying training needs and skill gaps
  • For organisations: assess status quo with respect to AI, identify potential opportunities
EIT Artificial Intelligence for Europe: Results and future steps Presentations (23-02-2022) EIT Community Download
A European Approach to Artificial Intelligence EIT Community Download
Transforming Healthcare with AI: The Impact on the Workforce and Organisations EIT Health Get report
AI and Ethics in the Health Innovation Community EIT Health Get report
Presentations of the Results Dissemination event (30-11-2020) EIT Community Download
Emerging AI and Data Driven Business Models in Europe EIT Urban Mobility Download
Creation of a Taxonomy for the European AI Ecosystem EIT Climate-KIC Download

Welcome to the AI Networks Map,

The results of the above-mentioned investigation are presented in a network-based visual database, through different views. This kind of visualization allows for easier identification of nodes and the networks they form.

Inside each of the views you find more details about how to interact and further explore it. If you are looking for full interactivity and functionalities, consider logging in the landing page.
AI roles and technology types - exploratory view   AI courses, roles and tech types - interactive view   AI networks landing page  


EIT - Welcome to the European Institute of Innovation and Technology - AI Maturity Assessment

The overall goal of EIT is to increase Europe's competitiveness, its sustainable economic growth and job creation by promoting and strengthening cooperation among leading businesses, education and research organisations. In addition, EIT powers innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe by creating environments for creative and innovative thoughts to thrive. In this context, the utilisation of AI is having a major impact on the function of society and business. It is an essential technological driver, which can lead, in addition to better productivity, also to new ways of working, processes and business opportunities. The composition of work will change and there will be new professions. A central issue is how we can best exploit the opportunities brought by digitalization and AI in creating added value and enhancing productivity. This applies to both the private and public sectors including ethical questions to be pondered on, when the decision-making shifts partly from humans to machines. To get inspired, you can browse some AI use cases following this link.

How prepared is your organisation for the use of AI?

The first step is to understand the current performance and readiness level of applying AI in your organisation. After that, selecting potential improvement steps becomes possible.

VTT’s AI Maturity Tool can be used as a free-of-charge self-assessment web tool, which produces a result graph, a visualisation of AI maturity. It gives a baseline of your company’s current AI maturity in six dimensions, which than can be used to recognise the most important, required or urgent development targets. These targets vary depending on the nature of your business and size of your organisation, therefore feel free to contact us. We are open for questions and discussions, as how you can proceed after this assessment.

The six dimensions to be assessed in the AI Maturity Tool include Strategy and Management, Products and Services, Competence and Cooperation, Processes, Data and Technology. You can choose from different languages to fill out the survey. For now, the following languages are available: English, Finish, German, Spanish, Polish and Italian.

Test the AI maturity of your organisation for free!

By taking a questionnaire, you will get:

  • your organisation’s AI maturity level
  • your organisation’s AI maturity level compared to that of other organisations

AI Maturity Assesment

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