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About ICAI

The Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) is a national initiative focused on joint 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 industry labs, these are multi-year strategic collaborations with a focus on technology and talent development. ICAI will create innovative AI-applications, 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 will also facilitate commercialization by enhancing start-up and spin-outs.


ICAI is an open national network of academic, industrial and governmental partners that is based at Amsterdam Science Park. At present, ICAI has sixteen partners: Ahold Delhaize, Bosch, Delft Imaging Systems, Delft University of Technology, Elsevier, Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence Ltd. (IIAI), ING, National Police, Qualcomm, Radboudumc, Radboud University, Thirona, TomTom, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. So far eleven research labs have been founded: AI for FinTech LabAIM LabAIRLab Amsterdam, AIRLab Delft, Atlas Lab, Delta LabElsevier AI Lab, Police Lab AIQUVA Lab, Radboud AI for Health Lab and Thira Lab, with more to come.

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, knowledge transfer, IP, and talent development. Labs give access to top AI talent and students (PhD, MSc & BSc). Typically, labs have five or more PhD students with a director, but may also consist of mixed groups of PhD students and external researchers. Currently, there are eleven research labs within ICAI: AI for FinTech Lab, AIM Lab, AIRLab Amsterdam, AIRLab Delft, Atlas Lab, Delta Lab, Elsevier AI Lab, Police Lab AI, QUVA Lab, Radboud AI for Health Lab and Thira Lab.

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