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 sixty-two partners who have founded twenty-one 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.
Each lab collaborates with one or more external partner(s) (non)profit. At least 5 PhD candidates work with a strong outward-looking agenda and active collaboration in the field of knowledge transfer. Doctoral students work with the partner 1 to 2 days a week. In addition, the labs contribute to active knowledge dissemination at the local level in the region. The agenda is compiled jointly between the knowledge institution(s) and partner(s), with open publishing the results.
In order to further tackle staff issues and to give young researchers an unique job and opportunities, we are actively working on a programme to offer young researchers a joint appointment with both a knowledge institution and a company.
Knowledge that is developed in the labs can be widely used. By setting up an academy, possibly with external partners, we can actively disseminate the knowledge acquired in the Netherlands among companies, so that this knowledge can also be applied widely. The first MOOC started in 2020.
We will actively activate the community of labs and bring together researchers and companies of the Labs to exchange knowledge, share experiences and get to know each other.
A PhD student's career is predictable. At the moment, many of the trained PhD students go (back) abroad, without actually being aware of the possibilities and favorable living conditions in the Netherlands. By actively acting on this and also approaching PhD students abroad, we can inform talent about opportunities in the Netherlands and raise awareness about the Dutch labor market.
In collaboration with other partners, ICAI is committed to helping PhD students who have ideas from the labs to start their own company to achieve this. In doing so, cooperation with external partners will be sought and connected to existing and new initiatives to be set up. SME parties are also encouraged by means of Seed Money to enter into follow-up projects based on the results of the labs and raise awareness about the Dutch labor market.