Silvia Merisio

Policy Officer at DG Connect European Commission, European Commission

Silvia Merisio is Policy Officer in the Digital Economy and Skills unit in the European Commission's Directorate-General CONNECT. She is contributing to the Commission’s work related to the impact of digitisation on the labour market and on the resulting changing skills needs. Her team also designs concrete actions to tackle the digital skills challenge. Silvia is a political scientist and previously worked in the Commission's DG Employment on the implementation of the European Social Fund in Italy, Sweden and Denmark.

Silvia is speaking at

Focus Track 4 - New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new Society
November 4, 2020
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Speakers

  • Ed Curry (Parallel session chair) Vice President, BDVA / Insight / NUI Galway
  • Ernestina Menasalvas (Parallel session chair) Profesor, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid
  • Artur Romão (Speaker) Director, Innovation and Development, DECSIS
  • Rocco Defina (Speaker) Managing Partner, OXYS Computing
  • Silvia Merisio (Speaker) Policy Officer at DG Connect European Commission, European Commission
  • Niels Linden (Speaker) Senior Director, Capgemini Invent
  • Mary Cleary (Speaker) Secretary General, Irish Computer Society, Irish Computer Society

Description

The rise of Big Data has caused a huge demand of data analysts, data scientists, data engineers and data-savvy business executives. As AI becomes transformational across end-markets from enterprise to consumer platforms, from cybersecurity to robotics, the demand for data scientists is growing exponentially. Universities across the world are rising to meet this demand with new degrees and courses. However, the unprecedented demand for data science talent is creating a considerable gap between the demand and supply of data scientists.  A recent article in the New York Times estimated that only 10,000 people worldwide have the skills necessary to tackle serious AI research. 

The objective of this session is to discuss the evolving nature of Data Science skills needed to deal with Big Data and AI technology. The session will enable a diverse group of cross disciplinary big data and AI stakeholders to network to discuss challenges and opportunities for Europe in Data Science Skills. The outcome of the session will support the Partnership on AI, Data and Robotics and the larger audience by gaining further information from stakeholders about the challenges for data science and AI skills. As a result of the three interactive debate questions, we will have an overview of the evolution, future role and skills required by data scientists, organisations and the wider society. We will have insight on the lessons learnt from the broader introduction of computer science skills into society.

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