Legal and Regulatory Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Brussels, 23/11/2018 - An EIT Digital Alumnus report

A day in Brussels

I attended the Legal and Regulatory Implication of Artificial Intelligence Workshop in Brussels on the 23rd of November 2018.

I'm David and I'm an EIT Digital Alumnus. After attending the 2018 EIT Alumni event in Budapest, I was contacted by the Alumni Network and offered an opportunity to participate in this event. Since I'm working on AI solutions in healthcare, I happily accepted it.

I travelled from London to Brussels via Eurostar on the 22nd. I was yet again amazed by how more convenient it is to travel with trains compared to flights - no rushing to the airport and getting from the centre of London to the centre of Brussels in 2 hours. It was great!

Grand Place

There was some time for a bit of sightseeing in the evening.

A La Mort Subite

And to drink some Belgian beers in this great pub.

Mont des Arts

And for more sightseeing. After walking around Brussels I went back to the hotel.

Walk to the EIT House

The workshop took place in the EIT House, a 30 minutes walk away from the Hotel. I saw this on the way, it was a great inspirational message before getting there.

The workshop

This event was mostly tailored for people working on the regulatory and legal field. Based on the conversations I had with other participants there weren't too many people from the industry. So I took this as an opportunity and talked as much as I could from a practical standpoint about GDPR and how it affects research, partnerships and small businesses in Europe.

The event consisted of two sections. The first section was a series of presentations regarding certain data protection and regulatory topics. All the presentations can be downloaded here .

The second section was the workshop, where we raised issues regarding data protection regulations in Europe and could come up with suggestions.

Background document.pdf

Workshop background document

This is the background document that all the participants got before the event. It details the challenges some companies are facing regarding the new data protection regulations introduced by GDPR and also introduces challenges with new technologies (m-health) from a data privacy/protection viewpoint.


All of us had the chance to post and discuss challenges on the whiteboard. Then, these challenges were clustered into larger categories.


Then we had a chance to post potential solutions (in orange). Not surprisingly coming up with solutions is much harder than stating problems.

Back to London

After the workshop, I took the metro back to the train station to catch my train back to London. I was pretty hungry, so I happily concluded my short Brussels experience with some food on the train.

Final note

This workshop was very useful for me to understand the regulatory perspective a bit more and I also feel that my input was useful for the other participants.

I would like to thank EIT Alumni for this opportunity and sponsoring the commute and the accommodation.