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Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Technologies high on the EU agenda

In a report recently published by the EU High-Level Strategy Group on Industrial Technologies -with VUB Vicerector Innovation & Industry Relations Hugo Thienpont as one of the panel members- Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cyber Technologies were highly recommended to be introduced as new Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) for the upcoming European Commission Framework Programme 9. 

Since 2009 KETs have been a priority on EU’s research, innovation, and industrial agenda. The 6 KETs identified at the beginning are: advanced manufacturing technologies, photonics, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, nanotechnology, and micro- and nanoelectronics. Now Europe urgently needs to pay more attention to and invest in "Artificial Intelligence" and "Cyber Security and Connectivity" research and innovation, if it wants to keep its pilot-position in these promising new sectors with the aim of bridging the valley of death between fundamental research, innovation and production. The high-level group therefore recommended to recognize AI and Cyber Technologies as additional KETs and to give them a prominent place in the FP9 research and innovation agenda with considerable funding from 2021 to 2027.

Both newly proposed KETs are highly relevant for VUB. It's research group AI-Lab is a leader in Artificial Intelligence, but also for other groups such as Electronics & Informatics (ETRO), Business Technology & Operations (BUTO) and Photonics (B-PHOT), AI will be(come) a key technology. Cyber Security is a key action within the Law, Science, Technology and Society (LSTS) group and the Institute for European Studies (IES).

"Capitalizing on existing KETs and introducing AI and Cyber Security as newcomers will maximise industrial deployment, job creation, and welfare in Europe." 

Hugo Thienpont, Vicerector Innovation & Industry Relations (VUB), Director Photonics Research Group (VUB).

The full report by the European Commission is available as download below. Read a short interview with Hugo Thienpont on VUB Today.