04. Juni 2021

Digital Humanism Lecture Series

The New EU Proposal for AI Regulation

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (17:00) CET

In the next event of TU Vienna's Digital Humanism lecture series, Irina Orssich and Erich Prem will talk about current and future challenges in the new EU-wide proposal for AI regulation.

Speaker: Irina Orssich (European Commission)
Moderator & Respondent: Erich Prem (eutema & TU Wien, Austria)


The European Commission has published its proposal for a new AI regulation. It takes a risk-based approach with different rules for low-risk applications of AI, stricter rules for riskier systems, and a complete ban for specified types of AI applications. Regulatory measures include data governance, transparency, information to users, and human oversight. The proposal also includes measures for supporting AI innovation through regulatory sandboxes. The proposed regulation was met with great interest and criticism. It started an intense debate about its appropriateness, omissions, specificity, and practicability. With this lecture and the following discussion, we aim to improve the understanding of the proposal’s main objectives, methods, and instruments and contribute to the public debate of how AI should be regulated in the future.

Short Bio of Irina Orssich:

Irina Orssich is working for the European Commission, in the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). She is heading the Sector for Artificial Intelligence Policy. Her responsibilities include ethical and regulatory aspects of Artificial Intelligence. A German national, she has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in European law. Previous responsibilities have included posts in the audio-visual sector and as legal adviser for competition and state aid law.

Short Bio of Erich Prem:

DDr. Erich Prem is chief RTI strategy advisor and CEO of eutema GmbH. He is an internationally renowned expert in research and innovation strategy with more than two decades of work experience in research and innovation management and RTDI policy. Erich Prem is a certified managerial economist and works scientifically in artificial intelligence, research politics, innovation research and epistemology. He published more than 70 scientific papers and was a guest researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his Dr. phil. (epistemology) from the University of Vienna, his Dr.tech. from TU Vienna where he also completed his master’s in computer science (Dipl.Ing). He was a lecturer at TU Vienna’s Informatics Innovation Center. He received his MBA in General Management from Donau University.

To participate via Zoom go to: https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/96389928143?pwd=UU5YRkNuRmdoWHV4MFBwMWRCcUErdz09

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The talk will be live streamed and recorded on DigHumTUVienna's YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/digitalhumanism

For further announcements and information about the speakers in the Lecture Series, see https://dighum.ec.tuwien.ac.at/news-events

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