November 9-10, 2015


RRI-ICT Thematic Workshops 2015

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Why is it important to engage artists, civil society and social enterprise in ICT research and innovation?

As part of the RRI ICT Forum project, Euclid Network and iMAL organised specific events dedicated to artists, civil society and social entrepreneurs and their role in responsible research and innovation (RRI) in ICT. This event took place in Brussels on November 9 & 10, 2015.

  • On Monday 9, Tech for Impact provided a forum for civil society and social enterprise actors to come together with researchers, policy-makers and industry representatives and explored how science and technology can be utilised to find innovative solutions to traditional societal challenges. The goal is to engage civil society and social enterprise in a responsible research approach in order to facilitate a participatory and multi-stakeholder dialogue across Horizon 2020. This will ultimately lead to the development of new ICT instruments that meet the needs and expectations of citizens.
  • In the evening, a disruptive Art performance showcased artists, such as Julien Maire and Lucas Lejeune, using ICT as their medium of expression.
  • On Tuesday 10, the event continued with an afternoon of debates, gathering scientists/engineers and artists to discuss about selected responsible ICT research topics where there is a clear need of some responsability to guarantee positive societal impacts. These topics included Artificial Intelligence & robotics, deep learning, big data and data mining.

Find out more by downloading the event report and accessing the presentations in the agenda below (click on speakers’ name)!


November 9, 2015


11:00 Registration and welcome of participants

11:30 Welcome address by SDU Brussels’ office

11:40 Session I: Engaging civil society in responsible research and innovation

Chair: Stephen J. Barnett, CEO, Euclid Network

12:30 Lunch Break

13:30 Session II: Tech for Impact in Societal Challenges (H2020)

Dialogue between Civil Society Organisations, Social Entrepreneurs and tech innovators on sector specific issues

Chair: Ziga Turk, Professor, University of Ljubljana

Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing (Societal Challenge 1)

  • Julia Wadoux, Policy and Project Coordinator for Health, New Technologies and Accessibility, AGE Platform Europe
  • Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion, AbilityNet

Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies (Societal Challenge 6)

14:30 Session III: Digital empowerment for civil society and social enterprise

Lessons from digital campaigning, social media and online social action

Chair: Carlo Sessa, Research Director, ISIS-IT

15:30 Coffee break

15:45 Conclusions

Chair: Stephen J. Barnett, CEO, Euclid Network

Noora Eronen, Policy Officer, Science with and for society (SWAFS) Unit, European Commission

Bernd Stahl, Coordinator of Responsible Industry project, De Montfort University

Emad Yaghmaei, SDU (University of Southern Denmark) on RRI projects within H2020

Anthony Dupont, Coordinator of RRI Forum Project, Sigma Orionis

Reception and Cultural Performance – @iMAL

18:30 Doors open

19:30 Digital artists performances

Julien Maire, New media artist
“Digit”: A writer sits at a table writing a text simply by sliding his fingers over a blank piece of paper, printed text appears under his finger. 

Lucas Lejeune, Digital artist
“Labrador or/and androïd?”: A semi-improvised, live piloted dual-screen film in which both the animal and technical aspects of mankind are questioned and linked to specific biological and digital processes or events.

Gaëtan Rusquet, Performance, dance and visual art
In his artistic proposals, Rusquet focuses on the relation between ‘action’ and medium, while sharing a visual as well as a performative experience with the audience.

21:30 End of the 1st day

November 10, 2015

Being human in a big data and robotics era – @iMAL

13:30 Registration and welcome of participants

14:00 Welcome address by iMAL / Bram Crevits

14:05 Presentations and debates

Chair: Bram CrevitsCoordinator of the design department of the School of Arts Gent, Belgium

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence presentations:

Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University
Mark Coeckelbergh published numerous articles in the area of philosophy of technology, in particular ethics of robotics and ICT.

Kris Verdonck, Artistic director, A Two Dogs Company
Kris Verdonck creations are positioned in the transit zone between visual arts and theatre, between installation and performance, between dance and architecture.

Patrick Tresset, Artist and Visiting Research Fellow, Goldsmiths University of London
Patrick Tresset uses theatrical installations where robotic agents are the actors and how humans relate to robots.

Rybn, Extra-disciplinary artistic research platform
Rybn’s projects delve into various fields such as economics, data mass analysis, perverted artificial intelligence.

  1. Big data and data mining presentations:

Antoinette Rouvroy, Senior researcher at the Research Center Information, Law & Society (CRIDS), University of Namur
Antoinette Rouvrov ex­plo­res the se­mio­tic-epis­te­mic, po­li­ti­cal, le­gal and phi­lo­so­phi­cal im­pli­ca­ti­ons of the com­pu­ta­tio­nal turn (Big Data, al­go­rith­mic pro­filing, in­dus­tri­al per­so­na­liza­t­i­on).

LarbitsSisters, Creative research duo on digital visualization
The Larbitsisters explore digital technologies, privacy, digital identity & 2.0 practices.

Paolo Cirio, Conceptual Artist
Paolo Cirio’s artworks investigate fields such as privacy, copyright, economy and democracy affected by communication networks.

18:15 Debate between artists, scientists and the audience

18:30 End of the 2nd day






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