ACM Europe Tech Policy Leaders Lend Expertise to European Policy Panels

Leaders of the ACM Europe Technology Policy Committee were featured presenters at two European policy events organised in February by the Science|Business Network (S|B).

ACM Europe TPC Chair Chris Hankin joined six experts from the European Commission, private sector, and academia for a webinar on AI: Who is liable? In addition, ACM Europe TPC Vice Chair Paola Inverardi joined five others for “Basic vs. applied: Getting the balance right between early-and late-stage R&D in Horizon,” a plenary session at S|B’s 2021 Annual Network Conference.

The two-day event featured prominent speakers from academia, industry, and the public and private sectors, as well as from the European Commission, including the EC’s Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, Innovation and Research Commissioner Mariya Gabriel, and Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides.

Featured People of ACM European Chapters: Athena Vakali

Athena Vakali is Professor and Vice Chair of the Informatics Department at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, where she leads the Data and Web Science Research Lab. Among her many professional activities, Vakali served as Program Chair for the IEEE/WIC/ACM International Conference on Web Intelligence (WI 2019). She is a founding member of the Greek ACM-W Chapter and a mentor of the ACM-W Student Chapter at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Read her People of ACM interview.



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