Looking back at the ICAI Day Summer Edition 2022

On June 1st, 2022, the ICAI Day ‘AI Entrepreneurship: From the lab to the market’ took place at Startup Village Amsterdam. During this edition, Dutch AI Startup experts and professionals discussed the different phases of a startup’s life cycle. Difficulties and challenges and possible solutions were shared.

The ICAI Day started with inspiring lunch table sessions where new ideas were developed, new connections were made and feedback was given. Afterwards during the plenary part, the speakers inspired the participants on the different elements of an AI Startup journey. From the topic how to start with an idea towards how to raise VC money. During the presentations multiple questions were discussed and answered like ‘What is more challenging: Fundraising or delivering a product/ service that fits in the market?’, and ‘Where do you find the help you need, to kick off with your start-up?’.

Thanks to all the moderators, speakers, and panel members who contributed to this event:
Anita Lieverdink, Arjan Goudsblom, Bram van Ginneken,  Chris Slootweg, Giulia Donker, Hennie Huijgens, Hinda HanedJakub ZavrelJudith Dijk, Maarten Stolk, Thijs DijkmanTristan Van Doorn, and Vladimir Nedović.

We thank all participants for their presence and contribution. We hope to see you at the next ICAI Day on November 16th, 2022!

The ICAI Day summer edition 2022 was sponsored by Startup Amsterdam.

Partners were Thematic Technology Transfer Artificial Intelligence (TTT-AI) and Startup Village Amsterdam

Coming up: The National course on AI & Ethics

The National AI course will be continued! More than 300,000 people have been reached since its launch in 2018. This course explains the basics of artificial intelligence in an understandable way. A special course on AI and Ethics will be launched after this summer.

This new course focuses on topics such as algorithmic bias, combating disinformation, the power of tech companies and the importance of human rights in the digital world.

With experts from many walks of life the course wants to raise awareness around the pitfalls of digitization and stimulate the debate on human-centered AI. Experts include Sennay Ghebreab (ICAI), José van Dijck (Utrecht University), Mieke van Heesewijk (SIDN Fund), Merel Koning (Amnesty International), Quirine Eijkman (College for Human Rights) and Sander Duivestein (author of Echt Nep).

Upon completion of this free online program, the student will receive a certificate.

After summer, the course can be found at https://ethiek.ai-cursus.nl.

TTT-AI Workshop: Setting up an AI Startup

On July 5th, 2022, The Thematic Technology Transfer – Artificial Intelligence (TTT-AI) will organize a two-hour workshop on setting up an AI startup.

TTT-AI offers a specialized venture-building program and investment fund for knowledge/research-based AI startups. During this two-hour workshop at the University of Amsterdam, you’ll get a clear understanding of the different aspects an AI startup will go through. Topics include technology development, product-market fits, team formation, customer relations, IP protection, the startup lifecycle, funding, and many more. During the workshop, the presenters will not only teach you some important tools, but will also use and experiment with them. To end the workshop, TTT-AI invited two successful startups to share their best practices and answer some of your questions.

Please send an email to Giulia Donker (g.donker@uva.nl) if you want to come to the workshop.

Registration for ICAI Day: AI Entrepreneurship is open!

On June 1st, 2022, ICAI organizes the ‘ICAI Day: AI Entrepreneurship – From the lab to the market.’ This hybrid event will take place on location in Amsterdam and online. Registration is now open for everybody interested.

During the first part, the Lunch Table Discussion, from 12:00 to 13:30 hrs, you will have the opportunity to talk to others in small table settings during a catered lunch. Each table revolves around one sector on “The life cycle of a Startup.” You can choose from five sectors: healthcare, service industry, robotics, public domain, and transportation/mobility. There is a maximum amount of seats available for this part, so sign up quickly.

The second of the ICAI Day, the Plenary Session from 13:30 to 17:30 hrs, will be a hybrid event moderated by Desiree Hoving. You can sign up for this plenary program both physically and online. Keynote speakers Chris Slootweg (UvA) and Hinda Haned (Civic AI lab, UvA) will share their insights on going from lab to market. There will be talks by TTT-AI, Venture Capital, and TechLeap.nl. We will end the event with a panel discussion and closing drinks.

Find the program here and register here.

Episode 15 met Gijs Dubbelman

In Snoek op Zolder #15 is Gijs Dubbelman van het EAISI Mobility Lab van TU Eindhoven University en NXP Semiconductors te gast. De aflevering gaat over de toekomst van neurale netwerken in zelfrijdende auto’s, het nut en de uitdagingen van zelflerende systemen, segmentatie van videobeelden om daaruit veel meer informatie te halen, neurale netwerken die meerdere taken aankunnen, transparantie van dat soort netwerken, trainingsdata voor intelligente auto’s, Europa versus China en de VS, het Max Verstappen effect en data analyse in de F1, duurzaamheid en AI en de toekomst van de automotive industrie.

ICAI Launch Pad open call for 2nd batch of motivated PhD students looking to receive free career coaching

PhD Students following an AI-related study who are planning to enter the job market can register for an intensive free career program as of now. During this intense program the students will receive 1:1 coaching sessions from an AI-domain specialist with over 10 years’ experience within the field.

Among other things students will learn about:

  • The differences between the academic field and commercial industry,
  • How to find relevant jobs in the market,
  • How to reach out to potential employers
  • How to build-up your LinkedIn profile,
  • How to best build your resume to stand out, and
  • How to prepare for a job interview all get addressed.

Students can register till the 15th of February ’22 when the 1st rounds of qualification will start.
Register here or send an email to kai@future-impact.io.

Episode 14 with Marlou Snelders and Saskia Lensink

In this new episode of Snoek op zolder host Hennie Huijgens speaks with Marlou Snelders and Saskia Lensink about research into language and speech technology at the NAIN. They discuss who pays for such a research lab and how you organize such a complex collaboration. They talk about the growth fund of the Dutch AI Coalition and about why and how you should involve citizens in the development of AI. There is also some gossip about Bert, Robbert, Bertje, Roberta and Camembert. (This podcast is in Dutch.)

Marlou Snelders is innovation liaison at HSD Security Delta and coordinator of the Security, Peace and Justice working group of the Dutch AI Coalition and Saskia Lensink is specialist in the field of language and speech technology at TNO and one of the leaders of the NAIN.

Episode #13 with Laura Hollink

In aflevering #13 van Snoek op Zolder vertelt Laura Hollink van het Centrum voor Wiskunde en Informatica (CWI) en het Cultural AI Lab, over de ICAI samenwerking van CWI, TNO, de UvA en de VU, het KNAW Humanities Cluster, de Koninklijke Bibliotheek, het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid én het Rijksmuseum, over hoe BERTje het mkb kan helpen om ook met AI te starten, over white boxing the black box, over hoe AI interessant wordt gemaakt voor gebruik door geesteswetenschappers en over een eerlijk en onbevooroordeeld aanbevelingssysteem voor boeken die je kunt lenen.

Over Snoek op Zolder

Snoek op Zolder is de tweewekelijkse wetenschapspodcast van ICAI en de Nederlandse AI Coalitie (NL AIC). Hennie Huijgens duikt met een onderzoeker van een publieke of private organisatie in de wereld van kunstmatige intelligentie. Zijn belangrijkste vraag is ‘wat is de stand van zaken in AI onderzoek, en wat betekent dat voor mij en voor de samenleving?’

Episode #12 Snoek op Zolder

In deze aflevering van de Snoek op Zolder podcast vertelt Marcel van Gerven van de Radboud Universiteit en het het Donders AI for Neurotech Lab, over machine learning methods for brain reading and brain writing technologies, AI over vijf en vijftien jaar, “krijgen we straks robots met neurale implantaten en AI technologie?”, “AI, HBO-studenten en het mkb” en “wie was Frans Donders?”

Over Snoek op Zolder

Snoek op Zolder is de tweewekelijkse wetenschapspodcast van ICAI en de Nederlandse AI Coalitie (NL AIC). Hennie Huijgens duikt met een onderzoeker van een publieke of private organisatie in de wereld van kunstmatige intelligentie. Zijn belangrijkste vraag is ‘wat is de stand van zaken in AI onderzoek, en wat betekent dat voor mij en voor de samenleving?’

Current developments in ICAI labs: e/MTIC AI Lab

The e/MTIC AI-Lab focuses on improving personalized treatment in healthcare. In this article the lab provides an update of their latest state-of-the-art initiatives: the Health Data Portal and the ‘From Bench to Bedside’ project.

Future diagnostics, treatments and prevention in healthcare are supported by AI systems that are trained by large data sets. This requires a professional and structural approach for a data platform, not only from a functional ICT perspective but also from a non-functional perspective in data and cyber security, privacy, liability, robustness, ownership, access control and many other aspects.

e/MTIC AI works with a unique mixture of industry, clinical partners and researchers to increase the value of AI for clinical practice and improve personalized treatment. The research and innovation, conducted by the five e/MTIC partners, are increasingly ‘data driven’. Breakthrough innovations are based on insights obtained from combining and analyzing data sets from various domains and sources.

e/MTIC Health Data Portal

To safely share the medical data from these multiple institutions, e/MTIC established a scalable collaboration platform called the Health Data Portal (HDP). The e/MTIC HDP is the first health data platform in the Netherlands that will be able to bring together data from different disciplines and institutes to speed up health innovations by facilitating large amounts of data from complementary sources to be stored, shared and researched in a secure, reliable and privacy-respecting way.

This year the e/MTIC HDP has progressed sufficiently to take the next step in the direction of integration in national health infrastructures. With this, it will play an important role in the national network of the Health-RI project, financed by the National Growth Fund.

In practice, with the e/MTIC Health Data portal, PhD students can spend more time on research instead of arranging and collecting data and sorting out all kinds of legal aspects.

From Bench to Bedside

With such solid data infrastructure in place, e/MTIC – Fast track to clinical innovation – takes shape in many projects, amongst which ‘From Bench to Bedside‘. This project focuses on accelerating digital innovation by co-creating in 6 months innovation cycles with a multidisciplinary team (Catharina Hospital, Philips Research and the TU/e).

Newly developed solutions need to have a practical application in healthcare and preferably implemented quickly and as impactfully as possible. However, every innovation has a long journey, from the first idea to a product or a solution. This innovation circle can be reduced considerably by using existing and new data combined with AI. The Bench to Bedside methodology covers 4 phases: identifying clinical requirements, identifying technical requirements, followed by building and testing a proof of concept. These 4 phases come in form of innovation cycles of only six months.

e/MTIC is a large-scale research collaboration between the Catharina Hospital, Maxima Medical Center, Kempenhaeghe Epilepsy and Sleep Center, Eindhoven University of Technology and Philips Eindhoven.