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About ICAI

The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) is a national initiative focused on joint talent and technology development between academia, industry and government in the area of artificial intelligence. The Netherlands has the talent, the world-class research and the longstanding tradition in AI education to be one of the world’s top ranked countries in terms of innovation power. ICAI brings these positive forces together in a unique national initiative.


ICAI’s innovation strategy is organized around labs, these are multi-year strategic collaborations with a focus on technology and talent development. In the labs, ICAI’s partners create innovative AI-applications, attract and develop talent, and distribute AI-knowledge for companies and organizations in the form of technology products and tools, train corporate employees through dedicated courses, and simultaneously maintain a connection with other world-level science centers. ICAI also facilitates further impact by facilitating start-up and spin-outs.


ICAI is an open national network of academic, industrial and governmental partners, with five locations in the Netherlands. At present, ICAI has sixteen partners who have founded eleven research labs, with more to come.


In addition to its labs, ICAI is developing specific talent programs, including a joint appointment program to attract academic staff and a launch pad program to help talent trained in one of the ICAI labs find their next opportunity in the Netherlands (stay tuned).


The ICAI Head Office is responsible for the day-to-day business; it is located at Amsterdam Science Park.


The Advisory Board of ICAI consists of representatives from science, industry and government.

Vision & Focus

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a key technology that is rapidly becoming a disruptor for all economic sectors. Given the impact, AI also generates many societal challenges. AI is a proven attractor of investments in countries around the globe and potentially in the Netherlands. And it is likely to be a major change maker for work, today and tomorrow.

AI in The Netherlands

The Netherlands needs to better help drive innovation through AI, most importantly by increasing its ability to attract, train and retain top artificial intelligence talent connecting them to the business world. The Netherlands has all the required assets to occupy a prominent place in the international AI arena. We have talent, world-class research, a longstanding tradition in AI education at all levels, and we are one of the world’s top ranked countries in terms of innovation power. ICAI brings these positive forces together in a unique national initiative. Without Dutch business and Dutch data, Dutch AI knowledge cannot be developed. Vice versa, Dutch AI knowledge will boost the competitiveness of Dutch business.

Focus of ICAI

- Working together with industry in research labs (public-private partnership)
- Joining technology with business and talent
- Creating innovative AI-applications
- Organizing training on modern AI and its applications
- Facilitating commercialization by enhancing start-ups and spin-outs
- Distributing AI-knowledge
- Building an AI-network

ICAI expertise

ICAI builds on Dutch research strengths in machine learning, computer vision, information retrieval, knowledge representation, robotics, and other areas of AI, as well as on the success of a long-standing tradition of public-private cooperation.

Research labs

AI innovation within ICAI is organized around labs: multi-year collaborations between knowledge institutes, industry, and government. Labs are tailor-made collaborations that focus on innovation, talent development, knowledge transfer, and IP. Labs give access to top AI talent and students (PhD, MSc & BSc). Currently, there are eleven research labs within ICAI with 16 partners.