AI4EU Cafe: A European Excellence Centre for Media, Society and Democracy

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The Speaker is: Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris (Research Director at CERTH-ITI, Greece) and Coordinator of AI4Media Project.
Description: Motivated by the challenges, risks and opportunities that the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) has brought to the media, society and politics, the EU-funded AI4Media project aspires to establish a centre of excellence and a wide network of researchers across Europe and beyond. Its focus will be on delivering the next generation of core AI advances to serve the key sector of media, making sure that European values surrounding ethical and trustworthy AI are embedded in future AI deployments. The project will be supplemented by a funding framework, a PhD programme and a set of use cases to demonstrate the impact of the actions taken on the media sector. 
Bio:
Dr. Ioannis (Yiannis) Kompatsiaris is a Research Director at CERTH-ITI, the Head of Multimedia Knowledge and Social Media Analytics Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Institute. His research interests include machine learning and AI, multimedia, big data and social media analytics, semantics, human computer interfaces (AR and BCI), eHealth, security and culture applications. He is the co-author of 171 papers in refereed journals, 63 book chapters, 8 patents and more than 500 papers in international conferences. Since 2001, Dr. Kompatsiaris has participated in 89 National and European research programs, in 18 of which he has been the Project Coordinator. He has also been the PI in 14 research collaborations with industry including Motorola US and UK. He has been the co-chair of various international conferences and workshops including the 13th IEEE Image, Video, and Multidimensional Signal Processing (IVMSP 2018) Workshop and has served as a regular reviewer, associate and guest editor for a number of journals and conferences currently being an associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Image Processing and of the Big Data Journal.