Artificial Intelligence at the Edge

Submitted by Tedora Aibu on 03 July 2020

Summary of the European Alliance Against Coronavirus Discussion on 1 July 2020 

The expert for the session on 1 July was Bernd Waschneck from Infineon, a German company that operates in the semiconductor solutions sector to connect AI with sensors. He gave an overview of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies, two of the most promising technologies that underlie the digital paradigm. The possibility to integrate AI within sensors generates three kind of advantages: (i) low latency, (ii) data security and (iii) energy efficiency.

The participants focused their attention on the main challenges of the future of Edge AI: (i) combining the technology with other sectors, (ii) finding solutions for energy efficiency, (iii) going green and (iv) growing in the digital sector.

How is Europe positioned in this field?

Even though Europe has lost the cloud computing market competition in terms of chips and software, the European sector is well placed in the global context. For strategic reasons, it is important to keep the technologies within European market. Europe could embrace the opportunity to specialise in Edge AI, as is fits with a decentralised and privacy-driven European policy.

Looking at European policies, AI is closely connected with the Green Deal in terms of energy efficiency: this type of technologies can be a proper solution for the environmental issue and for this reason is important to invest now in future developments, making funds available.

A recording of the session is available here.  

These are the complete minutes of the meeting:

20200701 ECA dailyminutes_v2.pdf

Find information on the previous meetings here; information on the upcoming agenda here.  

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