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 five partners: the University of Amsterdam, the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Ahold Delhaize, Bosch and Qualcomm. So far three research labs have been founded: QUVA lab, Delta lab and AirLab, with more to come.

Testimonial Peter Rauber (Senior Director Engineering Qualcomm Research Netherlands)

'AI touches the core of Qualcomm’s focus: the emerging wireless edge comprised of a massive number of connected devices, like phones, cars, robots, drones, sensors, meters, etc.'

Testimonial Ruben Nieuwenhuis (Chair of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region Economic Board)

'The City of Amsterdam must be key player in defining how we can apply AI for the good.'

Testimonial Max Welling (Professor machine learning)

'ICAI is built on a unique framework to make collaboration between industry, government and academia much more effective than before.'

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 and 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. Without Dutch business and Dutch data, Dutch AI knowledge cannot be developed. Vice versa, without Dutch AI knowledge, Dutch business faces a serious competitive disadvantage.

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.

Strategy of ICAI

ICAI’s innovation strategy is organized around research labs, these are multi-year strategic collaborations between academic and industrial partners with a focus on technology and talent development. Our mantra is that it takes AI innovation talent to make data actionable. By establishing a research lab under the ICAI umbrella, participating companies invest in AI research and innovation, custom made AI training programs, and an ambitious talent pipeline that builds on educational strengths in AI.

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