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SoBigData Event

Empowering Enterprises through BigData and AI The European Data Strategy 2024

The strategic development and integration of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) catalyzes innovation, economic growth, and societal advancement. Initiatives by European governments aimed at supporting research, development, and adoption of AI technologies have been observed, and this trend is likely to continue, as well as the growth of private sector investments.

Big Data and AI technologies do not always adhere to the single enterprise's needs or the transparency criteria indicated by the European guidelines converging in the AI Act. In this context, public research on Big Data and AI, largely founded by the European Commission, can support companies and policymakers, offering non-profit multidisciplinary support to industry sectors to enhance their data, not only from a technological point of view but also through legal and ethical support.

“Empowering Enterprises through Big Data and AI - The European Data Strategy” is an event dedicated to industry leaders, innovators, and policymakers to converge and delve into the cutting-edge advancements, challenges, and European opportunities of Big Data and AI. Throughout the in-presence event, we will explore the pivotal role of European public research in steering the digital transition and applied AI landscape and examine how these technologies can drive economic resilience, technological leadership, and societal progress.


09:00Welcome Speech from the hosting MEPsBrando Benifei, Member of European Parliament
09:15Institutional welcome from the organiser (CNR)Maria Chiara Carrozza, President of National Research Council of Italy
09:25European digital economy strategy – supporting the digital transition of industry, including SMEsMalgorzata Nikowska, Head of Unit - Digital Transformation of Industries - DG CONNECT
10:00Big data as part of the digital transformation: what industry/small and medium-sized businesses needEU SME Envoy  
Veronique Willemss, SME United’s Secretary General
10:30Experiences of collaboration between public research and business: the European RI SoBigDataLuca Pappalardo, Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "Alessandro Faedo", National Research Council of Italy
11:00Coffee break
11:15Roundtable & Q&A session

Fosca Giannotti (Scuola Normale Superiore, Cluster 4 EU Programme 2026-2028, Italy)

Luca Pappalardo

Roberto Trasarti (SoBigData Coordinator, National Research Council of Italy)


moderator: Erika Staël von Holstein, Reimagine Europa

12:15Closing RemarksStefano Verrecchia, Deputy Permanent Representative and Ambassador to Coreper I at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union
12:30NetworkingTable 1: Ethical Issues & Data Altruism  
Juan Manuel Duran (Delft University of Technology); Denise Amram (Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy)  

Table 2: Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence  
Tom Emery (University of Amsterdam); Roberto Trasarti (National Research Council of Italy)  

Table 3: Technological Transfer  
Paolo Ferragina (University of Pisa); Michela Natilli (National Research Council of Italy)  

Table 4: Technological Development  
Massimiliano Assante; Valerio Grossi (National Research Council of Italy)
13:30Closing time