In Lubiana, Slovenia, the Jozef Stefan Institute (IJS) (in the pic) – the country’s largest applied research institute – is developing the future of Ai. And one of the predominant fields of application is aerospace industry. Slovenia is very attentive to Ai’s applications, with the director Saso Dzeroski (in the pic), whom we met.

The “ESA-CLAIRE AI Special Interest Group on Space” ( is organizing its first online conference on space-realted use of artificial intelligence (AI) in space. Collocated with the 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence ECAI (, the conference is a full-day open access event and is taking place recently, September 4 (a tutorial and workshop day for ECAI). You can join the event online at

The event had a rich and varied program, which includes 5 keynote talks, 17 contributed presentations and a panel discussion with 6 distinguished panelists. We brought together speakers from different realms, and our keynote speakers come from space agencies (NASA, ESA), world-renowned research institutions (TU Munich, as well as industrial and private partnerships (SIRIUS Chair, and Frontier Development Lab). Keynote talk topics include the use of machine learning in space and planetary exploration, as well as in earth observation, the use of AI and data and improved planetary stewardship, as well as legal issues related to space and AI. The 17 contributed presentations cover cutting-edge topics concerning different AI methods and different areas of space technology: imagery and EO, space exploration, astronomy and space events, among others. The event will conclude with a presentation of the ESA vision and strategy on applications and AI and a panel discussion reflecting upon the “Present, Lessons Learned, and the Future of AI in Space”,  involving panelists from the EU Commission, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Euroconsult, Pioneer Astronautics, among others, creating a unique synergy of themes within AI in Space, such as space law, space policy and space exploration. 

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