On November 28 - December 2, the 21st International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence (AIxIA 2022) took place in Udine, Italy. The event was attended by more than 350 participants from the academic community, representatives of the technology industry, business and the public sector. Five lectures by world-class experts, a round table debate and a session with business representatives were organized as part of the conference.
The meeting with practitioners and representatives of public administration sectors during the event in Italy was an excellent platform for discussion and exchange of good practices and experiences related to the transparent and trustworthy use of artificial intelligence systems in public administration in the Central and Eastern Europe Region.
It was also a good opportunity to look at the effects of using artificial intelligence systems in the process of public procurement as implemented in the Apulia region in Italy. A good example is an algorithm for monitoring the reliability of companies submitting offers on the basis of previously completed public sector contracts, as well as the analysis of the concentration of companies participating in a given tender - to maintain competitiveness and transparency of the public procurement process. The examples presented during the workshop show that artificial intelligence systems can support public procurement management process and build public sector credibility.