DIGITAL SME’s Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence and Working Group (WG) Standards are organising the workshop “AI-standardisation landscape & the role of Digital Innovation Hubs” on 18 February 2021, 09.30-11.00 CET. The workshop is an invitation-only event for DIGITAL SME members and selected stakeholders from the European institutions, the European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) network, and other organisations.

This hands-on workshop will provide SMEs and other interested stakeholders with an overview of Europe’s standardisation landscape in AI. We will present companies with the opportunity to discuss how their business can benefit from AI standards, and how they could get involved in standardisation organisations.

In the new Digital Europe Programme, it will be the role of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to help support the uptake of future technologies such as AI among SMEs. However, DIHs will also support technology frontrunners, such as AI innovators. Therefore, this workshop extends to DIHs from across Europe to allow for the development of a network to support DIHs in helping to advance Europe’s digital transformation.

This effort is part of DIGITAL SME’s focus on AI as a key technology for the competitiveness of Europe’s digital economy. To stop Europe from falling behind, DIGITAL SME has taken a leadership role in AI for SMEs, gathering more than 100 AI innovators in the Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence (a joint effort with the European Commission’s Joint Research  Centre). Although Europe is considered a global leader in AI academic research and champion of a human-centric approach to AI, it lags behind the US and China when it comes to the industrial applications of its scientific achievements. SMEs need to better understand the standardisation landscape and how to get involved in it when it comes to AI applications. This is where Working Group STANDARDS comes in. WG ST is the place-to-be for all things standardisation & SMEs. As the leader of Small Business Standards’ ICT approach, DIGITAL SME has created WG ST as a forum for SME experts from all around Europe to decisively shape the standardisation process and make it accessible for SMEs.

9.30 – 9.40 Welcome
9.40 – 10.30 Overview of the AI standardisation landscape

Dr. Stefano Nativi, Big Data Lead Scientist at the European Commission DG Joint Research Centre

Lindsay Frost, Chief Standardisation Engineer at NEC Laboratories Europe, Board member of ETSI, ETSI OCG AI Chair, ETSI ISG CIM Chair

Prof. Stelian Brad, Professor at Technical University of Cluj-Napoca & President of Cluj IT Cluster

10.30 – 10.55 Discussion with the SME Focus Group on AI

Moderated by DIGITAL SME

10.55 – 11.00 Closing & next steps


This is an invitation-only event for members of our Working Groups and selected stakeholders from European institutions and European Digital Innovation Hubs. You can apply to join our WGs here. If you think you should have been invited but haven’t received an invitation, please contact Annika Linck (

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