With the explosion of large language models and generative AI, everything about the way we live, work, and learn is changing at breakneck speed. Join us for the EU AI Week Cocktail and an inspiring exchange with leaders, policymakers, and innovations on The Era of Generative AI:  Opportunities and Challenges

With the explosion of large language models and generative AI, such as ChatGPT, stability.ai, bing, Lighton among others, everything about the way we live, work, and learn is changing at breakneck speed.  At the same time, these tools are raising important ethical and legal questions about the future of intellectual property, education,  cybersecurity, data privacy, and disinformation.

Hear from leading European developers of these game-changing tools and European policymakers about what the promises and perils are of this technology – and how policymakers can harness the opportunities of this technology while successfully regulating the risks.


Laurent Daudet
Laurent Daudet is the Co-CEO at LightOn, a startup he co-founded in 2016. He has a key role in growing and managing a highly-technical team of 25, developing and commercializing best-in-class Large Language Models. He also drives the business and technical roadmaps while discussing key partnerships, notably for the French and European markets.

Laurent is currently on full-time leave from his position as Professor of Physics at the Université Paris Cité, one of France’s leading universities, where he is a recognized expert at the crossroads of signal processing, information theory, and wave physics. He has held various academic positions: a fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France (top 2% french academics), associate professor at Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, Visiting Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London, UK, Visiting Professor at the National Institute for Informatics in Tokyo, Japan, and visiting scholar at Stanford University. Laurent has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications, has been a consultant to various small and large companies and is a co-inventor in several patents.

He is a physics graduate from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Marseille University.

Ashot Vardanian

Ashot Vardanian is the Founder of Unum Cloud, a deep-tech startup working on Artificial Intelligence and related cloud software infrastructure since 2015. Ashot has a background in Astrophysics and has been an investor in several tech companies, currently residing in Armenia and connecting the brightest minds of CIS to tackle the most challenging problems in modern Computing.

Marko Grobelnik

Direcor of AI, Jozef Stefan InstituteMarko.  Grobelnik is a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Focused areas of expertise are Machine Learning, Data/Text/Web Mining, Network Analysis, Semantic Technologies, Deep Text

Understanding, and Data Visualization.  Marko co-leads Artificial Intelligence Lab at Jozef Stefan

Institute, cofounded UNESCO International Research Center on AI (IRCAI), and is the CEO of

Quintelligence.com specialized in solving complex AI tasks for the commercial world. He collaborates

with major European academic institutions and major industries such as Bloomberg, British Telecom,

European Commission, Microsoft Research, New York Times, OECD. Marko is co-author of several books, co-founder of several start-ups and is/was involved into over 80 EU funded research projects in various fields of Artificial Intelligence. More significant organizational activities include Marko being general chair of LREC2016 and TheWebConf2021 conferences. Marko represents Slovenia in OECD AI Committee (AIGO), Council of Europe Committee on AI (CAI), GPAI (Global Partnership on AI) and NATO DARB (Data and Artificial Intelligence Review Board). In 2016 Marko became Digital Champion of Slovenia at European Commission.

Tanya Perelmuter

Tanya is an expert in data technologies. She is a co-founder of Fondation Abeona and its director of strategy and partnerships. She was previously a director of partnerships at Riskdata, a financial risk-management platform. Tanya holds an engineering degree from Columbia University, and a certification in data science from École Polytechnique.

Kilian Gross

Since 16 of January 2020 Kilian Gross is Head of Unit A/2 in DG CNECT responsible for policy development and coordination with regard to Artificial Intelligence in the EU. Based on the work of the High-Level Expert Group the Unit has drafted a White Paper on Artificial Intelligence, which presents the options on how to promote the uptake of Artificial Intelligence and how to address at the same time the risks associated with certain uses of this new technology. Following a comprehensive public consultation in April 2021 the Unit proposed a legal framework aiming to address the risks generated by specific uses of AI. At the same time his Unit has updated the Coordinated Plan which supports the development and uptake of AI in the EU and searches to align national AI policies. The proposal for an AI-Act is currently negotiated with the co-legislators i.e. the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers. In parallel, the Unit ensures the implementation of the Coordinated Plan on AI.

Beside his work on AI, Kilian Gross leads the legal team, which has prepared and now supports the negotiations of the proposal for a European Chips Act.

Beforehand since November 2015 Kilian Gross was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner Oettinger. Within the Cabinet, he was mainly responsible for the Commission anti-fraud policy, DG HR and at an earlier stage for various digital files.  Kilian Gross has started his career in the Commission in the Legal Service followed by five years in DG ENER where he worked on energy policy and on legal matters.


  • 18:30 > Welcome
  • 19:00 – 20:00 > Conference
  • 20:00 – 22:00 > Networking Cocktail in the presence of EU AI Week speakers


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