ICT-48 #1 workshop

About of the event

The first ICT-48 Community Workshop was held on 30 June 2021. The goal of this event was to identify opportunities for synergies and foster collaborations within the Networks of AI Excellence Centres and the whole ICT-48 ecosystem.

This community event was organised as a meeting of

to discuss common topics at both strategic and operational levels.

The program consisted of a number of plenary sessions in which we collectively explored strategic and operational topics for the European AI agenda, as well as 6 parallel sessions in which more in-depth discussion took place on selected topics.

After that, an informal networking and mingling session was held in GatherTown to exchange ideas and experiences, as well as to share information related to cross-network activities. This included a poster session and various booths in which projects and networks were presented.

The online event was a success, with 150 registrations and attendance of almost 100 participants. Positively, we had a good spread among all ICT-48 NoEs, with all networks represented. Additionally, the event was also attended by stakeholders from the wider European AI community and major AI and robotics initiatives, such as AI4EU, ICT-49, ICT-38, ADRA, BDVA, CLAIRE, ELLIS, EurAI, and euRobotics.

European AI Community Networking

In support of wider networking and community building, related networks and initiatives were also invited to participate in discussions and parallel breakout sessions, and afterwards, to visit the posters session and the booths’ presentations in GatherTown. 

Poster presenters: Reserved only for the ICT-48 partners and only on work done in the context of ICT-48

Booth presenters: Reserved only for ICT-48, AI4EU, ICT-49, ICT-38, ADRA, BDVA, CLAIRE, ELLIS, EurAI, euRobotics

  • Other participants: Reserved for people affiliated with ICT-48, AI4EU, ICT-49, ICT-38 – both partner institutions and affiliated companies. Attendance of students was also possible.


Many thanks to all of you who participated in the event. It was a great event and we all were truly amazed by the amount and quality of interaction we witnessed. We enjoyed getting together and actually getting some work done!

The event was held in ZOOM (Plenary + Parallel sessions) and GatherTown (Networking, booths, poster session).


9:00-9:15Welcome & introduction to the event – Joachim de Greeff (TNO)
9:15-9:45Plenary session 1: Strategic topics / Building the European AI ecosystem – Holger Hoos (Leiden University)
9:45-10:15Plenary session 2: Operational topics – Wendy Aartsen and Holger Hoos (Leiden University)
10:15-10:30Coffee breaks: Networking opportunities in small random groups (breakout rooms)
10:30-11:30Parallel sessions:
1/ Cross- and beyond-network communication and outreach & awareness
Vít Dočkal (CIIRC CTU), Marianne Willaert (Inria), and Eva Doležalová (CIIRC CTU)
2/ Roadmapping: themes, structure, content, timeline
Tjerk Timan and Claudio Lazo (TNO) and Marc Schoenauer / Eric Poiseau (Inria)
3/ Industry involvement: TDW / Hackathon / Challenge
Philipp Slusallek and Silke Balzert-Walter (DFKI)
4/ Cross-network scientific challenges
Holger Hoos (Leiden University) and Paul Lukowicz (DFKI)
5/ Collaboration between AI Centers of Excellence & DIHs
Costanza Bersani (PWC) and Paola Barucchelli (FBK)
6/ Educational activities (AIDA…)
Barry O’Sullivan (University College Cork) and Ioannis Pitas (University of Thessaloniki)
11:30-11:45Coffee breaks: Networking opportunities in small random groups (breakout rooms)
11:45-12:00Plenary Session 3: Brief reports from parallel sessions and announcements – Joachim de Greeff (TNO)
12:00-13:00GatherTown – informal networking & mingling:
– Virtual poster session (ICT-48 related)
– Virtual ICT-48 Community fair with booths
– Individual networking and presentations

GatherTown allows you to freely walk around in a virtual environment and facilitates informal discussions, chance encounters etc.

Communication through Mattermost

Meanwhile, we would like to invite you to the Mattermost communication platform where the information on the event is shared online. 

If you are already a user of Mattermost (and a member of the “VISION4AI” team), please join the “ICT-48 Community Workshop Channel”. In case you want to start using Mattermost while being a member of the ICT-48 Community at the same time, please contact your Project Coordinator or send us a message to info@vision4ai.eu. More information on the Mattermost installation for the ICT-48 Community can be found at www.vision4ai.eu/talk

Organising Team

Contact: info@vision4ai.eu

Joachim de Greeff (TNO) – Chair

Wendy Aartsen (Leiden University / Hands4Grants)

Eva Doležalová (CIIRC CTU) 

Holger Hoos (Leiden University)

Alexa Kodde (CLAIRE)