The National Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) has the mission to keep the Netherlands at the forefront of knowledge and talent development in AI. Creating and nurturing a national AI knowledge and talent ecosystem is our central aim. In doing so, we as an organization want to deal sustainably with resources that arise from the activities and further activate the resources in the Netherlands.
By being in the lead and developing technologies ourselves, we contribute to economic growth, while preserving the values and ethical aspects that we stand for in the Netherlands. This way, the Netherlands will become a strong European catalyst in the field of AI talent and AI knowledge development by:
- attracting talent to work on problems;
- attracting problems and data for talent to work on; and
- feeding local and national ecosystems for talent and knowledge development.
What we do
By working together as knowledge institutions with companies, governments and non-profit, and using our strengths, we have a strong position in this area. In order to make the best use of our strengths, we want to start from a hubs-and-spokes model, in which we realize multiple hubs in the Netherlands that connect with the various regions. There are several regions, all with very strong aspects, that we can fully focus on with AI. A scattered base fits well with the norms and values of the way of working in the Netherlands. In the current ICAI model as it has been developed so far, this has also been proven in the past 2 years since the start in 2018. Labs are established from local forces, which we support and strengthen in a national role.
Besides the labs, we continue with building the ecosystem of the Netherlands with the following activities:
- ICAI Labs,
- ICAI Experts (Joint Appointments program),
- ICAI Academy,
- ICAI Connector,
- ICAI Launch pad, and
- ICAI Venture.
The organization of ICAI is financially supported by the AI Technology for People initiative, which is a joint initiative by the knowledge institutions of Amsterdam, and by the NLAIC, the Netherlands AI Coalition. The ICAI Labs are funded by their respective partners (knowledge institutes, industrial partners, governmental partners, and/or other not-for-profit organizations).
ICAI overview 2021
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