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Life sciences and health technologies at the core of the second event on Artificial Intelligence (AI), held at the Embassy of Italy in the U.S.


The impact of Artificial Intelligence for Life Sciences and Health Technologies was the focus of the second event in the Embassy’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) series. Today’s webinar, organized by the Embassy of Italy in Washington in collaboration with the Consulate General in Boston and in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), included experts in the field, as well as researchers from NSF, Harvard University, Tufts University, Orionis Biosciences, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Humanitas University.

“We are going through a rapid technological transition, fueled by digital transformation,” noted Italy’s Ambassador to the United States, Armando Varricchio, in his opening remarks. “It is a constantly evolving scenario that has led to the sector’s fast development. It is no coincidence that today we talk of a Renaissance of AI,” noted Varricchio, who recalled how the collaboration between Italy and the United States, two countries at the forefront of the technological frontier, continues to constantly grow. This strategic partnership takes on even greater importance in light of the health emergency, a challenge that Italy, also in its capacity as G20 President, tackles on the frontlines. Italy and the US have already approved their own national strategy on AI. The NSF, one of the major players in the field and a long-standing partner of our country, has recently launched an initiative called “National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes”, which created a group of national centers to accelerate research in this field.

Today’s webinar – which follows that of February 10, focused on the role of AI in the urban mobility of the future – was moderated by Fiorenzo Omenetto, Dean of Research, School of Engineering at Tufts University. Ambassador Varricchio and Henry Kautz, Director, Information & Intelligent Systems at NSF delivered the opening remarks, and the discussion featured Wendy Nilsen, Acting Deputy Division Director, Information & Intelligent Systems, NSF; Riccardo Sabatini, Chief Data Scientist, Orionis Biosciences; Paolo Bonato, Professor, Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; Tomaso Poggio, Director, NSF Science & Technology Center for Brains, Minds & Machines, MIT; and Arturo Chiti, Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Humanitas University.

The Consul General of Italy in Boston, Federica Sereni, closed the event.