Smart cities are not only a trend but a necessity of the modern world, as well as the key to the future. To speed up the creation of Smart Cities and embrace the related technology-enabled infrastructures, the required skills must be developed. Companies should be given incentives to train their personnel by setting up public training programmes and encouraging collaboration with academia and industry.
Within recent years, and especially, against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, ethical considerations across all research domains have risen to the forefront, and artificial intelligence makes no exception. Probably, the most affected component in the AI ecosystem is the data. Even prior to the outburst of the pandemic, the European Data Strategy identified the establishment of the European Union as a role model for a society empowered by data, as a key aim[i].
Period of implementation: 2017-2020