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Under the High Patronage of
Mr Emmanuel MACRON
President of the French Republic

Paris • Oct. 28th - 29th - 30th

International multidisciplinary forum to

put the progress of AI
for the benefit of humankind

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GFAIH took place in Paris, France, at the 3 Mazarine conference center of the Institut de France from October the 28th to the 30th, 2019.

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The Global Forum on AI for Humanity (GFAIH) took place in the context of the forthcoming organization of a Global Partnership on AI (GPAI), as decided at the last G7 summit. GFAIH serves as the formal launch pad for GPAI and it will informe GPAI Working Groups’ future agenda.

The GFAIH gathered experts from AI, social sciences, humanities, and engineering, as well as innovators, economic actors, policy makers and civil society representatives in order to:

• reach a common understanding of the perspectives brought by AI, of the challenges to be addressed, and the methods and tools for addressing them
• deliberate about projects, studies and social experiments that can lead to a corpus of shared knowledge and shape R&D agendas
• consider Global Partnership initiatives to put the progress of AI for the benefit of humankind.

The art exhibition of the forum was "Au-delà du Terroir, Beyond AI Art", curated by Emily L. Spratt

The GFAIH was organized under the auspices of the French government.

GFAIH workshops
and plenary

5 co-located workshops were organized on Monday, October the 28th, from 9am to 6pm. Then plenary sessions were held on Tuesday the 29th and Wednesday the 30th.

Detailed information on conferences, workshops and speakers is available in the downloadable program.

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Mon 28 OCT

  • 9:00 - 18:00: Workshop 1. Rethinking cultural and ethical issues in AI
    Organisers: Raja Chatila (Sorbonne University), Véronique Guèvremont (Laval University), Vanessa Nurock (Paris 8 University), Marie-Hélène Parizeau (Laval University).
  • 9:30 - 18:15: Workshop 2. AI for Digital Humanities and Computational Social Sciences
    Organiser: Alexandre Gefen (CNRS)
  • 9:00 - 18:30: Workshop 3. CoCoLAd: Human-Machine Co-Creation, Co-Learning and Co-Adaptation
    Organisers: Andreas Dengel (DFKI) and Laurence Devillers (Sorbonne University)
  • 9:30 - 18:00: Workshop 4. AI and Information Disorder
    Organisers: Claude Castelluccia (Inria) and Ioana Manolescu (Inria and École polytechnique)
  • 9:00 - 18.00: Workshop 5. 'AI Commons' for Humanity
    Organisers: Amir Banifatemi (XPRIZE/AI commons), Alexandre Cadain (Anima/AI Commons), Buse Cetin (The Future Society), Lisa Hadj (Anima), Cyrus Hodes (The Future Society/AI Commons), Konstantinos Karachalios (IEEE), Yolanda Lannquist (The Future Society/AI Commons), Nicolas Miailhe (The Future Society/AI Commons), Alpesh Shah (IEEE)
  • add remove 18:45: Welcome speech by Cédric O, Secretary of State for the Digital Sector
  • add remove 19:00 - 21:30: Cocktail dinner


  • add remove 8:45 - 9:00: Opening speech by Cédric Villani (Mathematician, Fields Medal 2010 and MP of Essonne)
  • 9:00 - 10:30: Session 1. Trustworthy AI: cybersecurity, safety, privacy, intelligibility of AI techniques
    Chairs: Raja Chatila (Sorbonne University) and Virginia Dignum (Umeå University)

    Speakers: David Sadek (Thales), Fosca Giannotti (CNR), Michael Fisher (University of Liverpool), Stuart Russell (University of California at Berkeley), Karen Yeung (University of Birmingham)
  • 11:00 - 12:20: Session 2. Data governance: ethical, political & legal challenges
    Chairs: Sylvie Delacroix (University of Birmingham & Alan Turing Institute) and Joelle Pineau (McGill University & Facebook)

    Speakers: Lise Getoor (University of California at Santa Cruz), Neil Lawrence (Cambridge University), Paul Nemitz (European Commission), Nigel Shadbolt (Open Data Institute)
  • 12:20 - 12:40 : Speech by Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
  • 14:00 - 15:30: Session 3. Future of work and economic impacts of AI
    Chairs: Yuko Harayama (Tohoku University) and Michela Milano (University of Bologne, EurAI)

    Speakers: Céline Antonin (OFCE and Collège de France), Janine Berg (International Labor Organization), Anousheh Karvar (French Ministries of Labour/Europe and Foreign Affairs), Andrew Wyckoff (OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation), Richard Baldwin (Graduate Institute)
  • 16:00 - 17:30: Session 4. Delegation of decisions to machines, human agency and oversight
    Chairs: Rebecca Finlay (CIFAR) and Hideaki Takeda (National Institute of Informatics, Japan)

    Speakers: Virginia Dignum (Umeå University), Marzyeh Ghassemi (Vector Institute, University of Toronto), Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft University of Technology), Illah Nourbakhsh (Carnegie Mellon University), Carme Torras (Spanish Scientific Research Council)
  • 17:30 - 19:00: Session 8.1. Global cooperation issues and the GPAI organization
    Panel 1.GPAI
    Panel chairs: Henri Verdier (French Ministry of European and Foreign Affairs), Jordan Zed (DG of External and Trade Policy Branch, Canada)
    Panelists: Moez Chakchouk (UNESCO), Michela Milano (University of Bologna, EurAI), Junichi Tsuji (Artificial Intelligence Research Center), Zee Kin Yeong (PDPC)


  • 8:30 - 10:00: Session 5. AI & Human values: inequalities, biases, fairness, representation of minorities, gender balance
    Chair: Françoise Soulié-Fogelman (Hub France IA)

    Speakers: Ricardo Baeza-Yates (NTENT and Northeastern University), Francesco Bonchi (ISI Foundation), Kate Crawford (AI Now Institute & Microsoft), Laurence Devillers (Sorbonne University), Eric Salobir (Office of Priests for ICT)
  • 10:30 - 12:00: Session 6. Next big challenges in core AI technology
    Chairs: Paolo Traverso (Fondazione Bruno Kessler), Junichi Tsujii (Artificial Intelligence Research Center, Japan) with contribution of Fei-Fei Li (Stanford University)

    Speakers: Andreas Dengel (DFKI), Oren Etzioni (Allen Institute for AI), Martial Hebert (Carnegie Mellon University), Holger Hoos (Leiden University), Bernhard Schölkopf (Max Planck Institute and ETH Zürich)
  • 13:45 - 15:15: Session 7. AI for Humanity: The Global Challenges
    Chairs: Jocelyn Maclure (Laval University) and Stuart Russell (University of California at Berkeley)

    Speakers: Stephen Muggleton (Imperial College London), Benjamin Combes (Price Waterhouse Coopers), Nicholas Ayache (Inria), Cristina Conati (University of British Columbia)
  • 15:30 - 16:00: Address of Mr Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic
  • 16:00 - 17:00: Session 8.2. Global cooperation issues and the GPAI organization
    Panel 2: Regulations and redlines
    Panel chair: Pekka Ala-Pietila (Chairman of the Board of Huhtamaki and of Sanoma, member of the Supervisory Board of SAP)
    Panelists: Yuko Harayama (Tohoku University), Konstantinos Karachalios (IEEE), David Sadek (Thales), Jim Snabe (Siemens)
  • 17:30 - 18:30: Summary of the 5 workshops
    Chair: Bertrand Pailhès (Interministerial Directorate for Digital and Information and Communication System)
  • 18:30 - 18:45: Wrap up

GFAIH venue
and practical

You may find hotels near the Forum venue on the Paris Convention and Visitors website. You can also check nearby hotels list on the right.


3 Mazarine
3, rue Mazarine 75006 Paris

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Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés
53 Ter, quai des Grands Augustins 75006 Paris, France

Dauphine Saint-Germain
36, rue Dauphine 75006 Paris, France

Hôtel De Seine
52 rue de Seine 75006 Paris, France

Hôtel Des Marronniers
21, rue Jacob 75006 Paris, France