On 16 and 17 May 2018, the EUROSINT Forum organized a workshop in Vienna with the support of one of its members, Sail Labs. This event gathered more than 20 participants from public organisations (FRONTEX, JRC, national ministries of defence and interior), NGOs (Austrian red cross, START Network etc.) and the industry around the topic of disaster management and the use of artificial intelligence and big data in forecasting.
While AI is the new tech buzzword, this event explored the tangible benefits of AI technologies for crisis managers by presenting both the needs of organisations in this field, as well as existing practices and solutions. And showed to what extent this so-called new issue is closely linked to issues that the intelligence and security community have been much aware of.
The presentations given by speakers offered complementary perspective on the topic and helped participants increase their awareness of the state of the art knowledge and tools on AI. They allowed a better understanding of the improvement of information analysis brought by the combination of human and machine intelligence.
Thorough exchanges with the audience and networking opportunities provided some interesting perspectives on AI-related issues which could be tackled during future EUROSINT Forum activities.