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ai & big data

Augmenting human minds: artificial intelligence and big data in risk assessment

Risk assessment has reached its limits in the ability to be executed in a timely manner: recruiting relevant experts is increasingly demanding, while their physical capacity to identify, search, read, appraise, and integrate the exponentially growing amount of data in a structured way is stretched to a breaking point. Automation of the process and the application of artificial intelligence (AI) are anticipated to play an increasingly key role in future risk assessments. AI’s potential contribution to the further advancement of risk assessment is two-fold: (1) identify and mine the available data and expertise that are relevant for a given risk assessment; and (2) execute parts of the risk assessment. This session will explore the role that AI can play in the conduct of future risk assessments and analysis of big data, what challenges its implementation may entail in a regulatory context, and how to transition to trustworthy AI systems for regulatory science.

Session Coordinator

Session coordinator
Angelo Cafaro (EFSA)

Session Contributors

Session contributors
Ermanno Cavalli (EFSA)
Raquel Costa (EFSA)
Yannick Spill (EFSA)
Didier Verloo (EFSA)


Abstract Session Chairpersons
  • Ilaria Del Seppia, European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Guy Van den Eede, Joint Research Centre (JRC) 
Abstract Session Speakers
  • Hans Marvin, Wageningen Food Safety Research - Opportunities associated with the adoption of AI approaches
  • Raluca Crisan, ETIQ AI - Watching the watchmen: Testing AI systems intended for risk assessment
Abstract Session Moderators
  • Jennifer Baker, Freelance journalist
Abstract Session Panellists
  • Ivana Bartoletti, Wipro
  • Akos Jozwiak, University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest
  • Markus Lipp, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  • Rens van de Schoot, University of Utrecht, CEO at ASReview
Abstract Session Rapporteurs
  • Fulvio Barizzone, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Angelo Cafaro, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Giulio Di Piazza, European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  • Alejandro Platt Orzáez, European Medicines Agency (EMA)