3 Reasons Why You Should Learn About AI

TU Delft and ICAI present the online program AI in Practice. A course developed for anyone interested in learning how AI technology can help their organizations. Why can AI be interesting for your company?

1. AI isn’t just hype

While the adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was already on the increase before 2020, not surprisingly the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this trend. According to some studies, the ongoing crisis and lockdown measures have stepped up the digital transformation of many organizations and the adoption of AI. McKinsey’s Global Survey on AI in 2020 states that despite the economic challenges, most high-performing companies have increased their investment in AI amid the COVID-19 crisis.

The increasing use of digital tools and online activities are also uncovering new opportunities in areas as diverse as business, public administration, education and research. Elizabeth Aguado, a professional working on import operations in Peru, says:

“With the reset we are about to experience due to COVID-19, many young professionals see the necessity of upgrading their skills to stay competitive in an ever changing business world. There are definitely better career prospects for those who are skilled in new technologies and I realized that AI was something I needed to continue to be valued in the manufacturing and import/export industry.”

2. AI is for everyone

Regardless how large or small, simple or complex your organization may be, there are AI solutions available in all shapes and sizes. AI can help solve specific problems, drive efficiency and improve performance and decision-making. It can support all kinds of business needs, from automating business processes, handling and interpretation of data to engaging with customers and employees. Marian Stan, Manager Customer Support in Romania, says:

”I had been interested for some time to learn more about AI, especially to gain new ideas on how AI can be implemented in certain industries.”

AI is clearly a field that no longer concerns solely data scientists and computer programmers. With AI emerging as the most disruptive type of technology, a wide range of professionals also need to prepare for the application of AI in their organizations. This includes managers and business leaders who want to know what AI can do for their companies, or data analysts and consultants who want to understand how AI can be applied in their business processes. Zeinep Kechagia, Management Consultant in the financial sector, says:

“I am always very keen to explore the future of all complex decision-making processes in a structured way. What I have learned in the field of AI will help me to guide my clients through their transformation journey mostly by integrating their assets with state-of-the-art technology and solutions.”

3. Preparing for AI is key

AI is developing at such rapid pace that before investing in a new AI initiative, organizations need to fully understand the pros and cons of different AI technologies. Gerard Danjou, a Senior Director in a digital market place, says:

“After a career in consumer goods and traditional retail industry, I joined an E-commerce platform and became fascinated by improving search in the E-commerce industry. I wanted to understand the role AI would play in the future of E-commerce and the challenges and considerations that need to be taken into account when deploying E-commerce even further.”

Understanding the practical aspects of applying AI is key. From implementation challenges, lifecycle aspects, maintenance and management of AI applications, to potential implications such as compliance and ethical considerations. Think for instance of concerns about the potential misuse of data, security or privacy issues. Learning about the practicalities of AI can help you avoid wasting time and resources pursuing the wrong technology or taking unnecessary risks.

Month of AI

International and national initiatives, like the Month of AI, offer a wide range of options to learn about the latest in AI research and applications.  

Developed by the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence Academy (ICAI) and the Delft University of Technology, the online program AI in Practice presents a wide range of real cases and examples to illustrate how AI can be of value in all types of organizations. It includes more than 25 contributors from 14 different organizations, universities and companies.

Regardless of your professional background or job role, if you are, like many others, puzzled as to how to get involved with the technology, or how to apply it in your business processes and successfully integrate it in your organization, this online and self-paced program might be just what you need to be able to navigate this new technology and its integration.

Looking back on the ICAI Day

On Thursday, 22 April, JADS and ICAI hosted the first ICAI Day. The event gave participants a bird’s eye view of the state of affairs in the Netherlands around Artificial Intelligence (AI) and focused on the collaboration between academia and industry. Published on jads.nl at May 4, 2021

3rd anniversary of ICAI

The ICAI day marked the 3rd anniversary of the ICAI initiative. 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. ICAI acts as a national network on technology and talent development between universities, industries and government in the area of AI.

Connecting knowledge and practice in AI Labs

ICAI facilitates intensive collaborations between knowledge institutions and industry in the shape of AI Labs. “The ICAI labs give knowledge institutions the opportunity work closely on research questions that are relevant for industry and can yield practical results. Challenges and practical cases of organizations are the input for research of the academics. It is a collaboration with ongoing interaction and working together to gain new insights, experiment on site, and validate the outcomes. This approach proves to be very appealing: in the past 3 years, we’ve grown from 3 to 25 AI labs,” says Esther Smit, Business Director of ICAI.

Responsible AI lab at JADS

One such lab, the Responsible AI Lab, was established at JADS in 2020. The overall objective of this lab is to facilitate the use of AI technology by the industry in a responsible way. To achieve this, a team of JADS experts collaborates with KPN to develop transparent, privacy aware, and personalized AI solutions for businesses, that exploit the power of AI to create value from data.

ICAI Day: inspiring and diverse

In last Thursday’s ICAI event, the JADS/KPN Responsible AI lab was featured prominently. In an extensive interview, PhD candidates told about their challenges and findings within the Responsible AI Lab. Other elements of the program were breakout sessions in which six of the ICAI locations gave an impression of their AI labs, and the AI Startup Talkshow, that explored the intersection of AI and entrepreneurship and gave startups the opportunity to present themselves to the public. The afternoon was hosted by Nathan de Groot, online facilitator, day chair and trainer. “It was great to see all the work of the different locations being presented together in one place which gives an amazing overview of the work that is going on in AI research.”, says Esther Smit.

ICAI: propelling the Netherlands into the future of AI

Liesbeth Leijssen, director Business at JADS, adds: “We are proud to have hosted this valuable event. The partnership with ICAI is immensely valuable for JADS. We see a key role for ICAI in propelling the Netherlands into the future of AI and the digital transition. Not just in the field of education and AI, but also when it comes to supporting startups. This is a key collaboration for JADS, now and in the future.”

Event streams

Have you missed the event or do you want to watch again? You can find the video streams here.

Livestream for ICAI Day

The ICAI Day will start on April 22 at 14.00 hrs. To attend the plenary part, you can go to the livestream without registering. To take part in the breakout sessions you have to register. Registration is free and open to everyone!

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We look forward to see you there!

ICAI Day – The Program

Date: Thursday April 22, 2021
Time: 14:00 – 16:15 CET
Location: The online event will be recorded and streamed, live from Den Bosch.

On April 22 we celebrate our third birthday with the first official ICAI Day! Together with JADS, we hereby present the program. We will take you on a virtual tour to meet the various ICAI locations where you receive an update about their activities and research. Multiple start-ups will present themselves and at the end of the event you can meet and mingle via virtual drinks.                          

14:00Welcome by host Nathan de Groot
Introduction by Maarten de Rijke, scientific director of ICAI
14:20Interview with JADS and KPN on Responsible AI Lab
14:45Break out round 1 – three ICAI locations to choose from: Utrecht, Amsterdam, and Nijmegen
15:20AI Startup Talkshow: Techleap, Bluetick and Seedlink
15:45Break out round 2 – three ICAI locations to choose from: Eindhoven, Wageningen, and Delft
16:15Wrap up and virtual drinks at Gathertown, possibility to talk with start-ups of different locations

This day is for everybody interested in ICAI or parts of the program. So do not hesitate to forward this event to all people who would like to take a look behind the scenes at ICAI.

Find out more about the ICAI Day and program here and subscribe here.

We’ll see you there!

ICAI Day – Save the date

Date: Thursday April 22, 2021
Time: 14:00 – 16:15 CET
Location: The online event will be recorded and streamed, live from JADS.
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On April 22 we celebrate our third birthday. With great pleasure we invite you to the first official ICAI Day!

Together with JADS (Jheronimus Acadamy of Data Science) in Den Bosch, we plan to take you on a virtual bus tour along the various ICAI locations, labs and partners.

We offer you a diverse and interactive program with (video) pitches, breakout sessions, table interviews, and a start-up talkshow. Host of the afternoon will be Nathan de Groot, online facilitator, day chair and trainer.

This day is for everybody interested in ICAI. So do not hesitate to forward this event to all people who would like to take a look behind the scenes at ICAI.

Find out more about the ICAI Day and program here.

We look forward to see you there!

Second LTP AI Matchmaking Meetup

NWO has recently published a call for Long Term Programmes (LTPs). The strategic aim of an LTP is to provide a powerful and long-term stimulus for the development of a scientific field in the Netherlands, focusing on a societal theme and/or key technologies.

ICAI is leading an effort to build a consortium for an LTP around AI with the title: ‘Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence-based Systems for Sustainable Growth.’

The program’s ambition is to help drive growth through AI-based solutions that are sustainable environmentally (through reduced computational and data requirements), industrially (through talent and tool development), and societally (through fairness and transparency).

The LTP offers the possibility to focus on specific application areas of AI, such as: Energy Transition & Sustainability; Agriculture, Water & Food; Health & Care; Security; Financial Services; Mobility, Transport & Logistics, etc. It builds on the thriving ICAI network of academic-industrial collaborations.

We are looking for both academic and industry partners to join this initiative. This is why we will organise a second LTP Matchmaking Meetup on 12 March 2021, 14:00 – 14:30h.

This meetup will be a shortened version of the first matchmaking meetup held on 11 February and will be a general introduction to the LTP, aimed at those who are interested in the possibility to be part of the consortium.

Meetup programme:

14:00 Introduction of the LTP program + R&D goals
14:10 Application areas + what are we looking for & what can we offer
14:20 Q&A

Sign up for participation here.

UvA and TomTom open new research lab for autonomous driving

Atlas Lab: using AI for developing HD maps for self-driving vehicles

Location technology specialist, TomTom (TOM2), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), today announced the launch of a new public-private research lab. Atlas Lab will focus on using Artificial Intelligence (AI) for developing advanced, highly accurate and safe high definition (HD) maps for self-driving vehicles. The lab is part of ICAI, the national Innovation Centre for AI, based in the Amsterdam Science Park.

In collaboration with TomTom, the UvA is embarking on research on the use of AI for creating HD maps suitable for all levels of autonomous driving. Theo Gevers, one of the Scientific Directors at Atlas Lab, comments: ‘At the UvA we are already doing research on automated recognition of items in images and videos. Yet the recognition of items and creation of HD maps in highly complex situations like a moving car, is still a huge challenge. This collaboration with TomTom provides an extra dimension to new and challenging AI-research.’

Professors Cees Snoek and Theo Gevers, CEO of TomTom Harrold Goddijn, Willem Strijbosch of TomTom, rector magnificus Karen Maex and director of the Informatics Institute Marcel Worring.

Professors Cees Snoek and Theo Gevers, CEO of TomTom Harrold Goddijn, Willem Strijbosch of TomTom, rector magnificus Karen Maex and director of the Informatics Institute Marcel Worring.

For the next five years, five PhD students will work in the Atlas lab on projects contributing to automated recognition of items like traffic signs, 3D-localization of vehicles and combining LIDAR (light detection and ranging) laser and camera images. For retrieving data, mobile mapping vans equipped with sensors, like LIDAR-systems and cameras, are being used.

‘TomTom is pushing the boundaries of the use of AI for making HD maps for self-driving cars,’ said Harold Goddijn, TomTom’s CEO. ‘We need groundbreaking research into AI technology, which is why we’re collaborating with UvA’s world-leading AI department on this initiative. This will move us a step closer to an autonomous future with safer roads, free of congestion and emissions.’

Redefining retail through technology: launch of AIR Lab Delft

On 4 October 2019 the AI for Retail (AIR) Lab in Delft, the Netherlands, held its official launch. The facility is an expansion of Ahold Delhaize’s AIR Lab in Amsterdam, created in partnership with Delft University. The focus of the lab is to research the future of robotics and develop state-of-the-art innovations in the retail industry.

The AIR Lab Delft is officially up and running and teams have started working towards developing the first prototypes and solutions in all the lab’s lines of research. This week’s event brought together the lab’s scientists in robotics and AI, operational employees, students and sponsors to celebrate the progress they’ve made.

 

AIRLab Delft group picture. Photo AD

AIRLab Delft group picture. Photo AD

The three-day event kicked off with a keynote presentation by AI and Robotics expert Pieter Abbeel, Director of the Berkeley Robot Learning Lab and Co-Director of the Berkeley Artificial Intelligence Lab. His presentation, “Deep Learning to Learn,” focused on research about the difference between how robots and humans learn by imitation, and how scientists are working to enable robots to acquire new skills more quickly.

The AIR Lab’s store group invited employees on Wednesday to enjoy a program of events aimed at building enthusiasm about technology among young people. Participants received a tour of the AIR lab, along with the Botanical Gardens and Science Center.

On the third and last day, a morning meet-up was held to introduce new members who started working on projects in September and explain the AIR Lab Delft’s ambitious goals. The researchers were able to give short pitches for their projects.

Source: Ahold Delhaize

AIRLAB Delft

Strenge privacyregels hinderen medisch onderzoek in Nederland

Medische onderzoekers en AI-specialisten slaan alarm over de strenge Europese privacyregels. Die hinderen het onderzoek met behulp van kunstmatige intelligentie (AI). Dit zet een rem op de ontwikkeling van nieuwe medische behandelingen. Bovendien raken Nederland en Europa achter op de VS. Illustratie- Wijtze Valkema voor FD

Interview met onder andere de wetenschappelijk directeuren van twee ICAI Labs. Bram van Ginneken van het ‘Radboud AI for Health Lab‘ voor medisch onderzoek, een samenwerking tussen de Radboud Universiteit en het Radboudumc. En Cees Snoek van het ‘AI Lab for Medical Imaging‘, een samenwerking tussen de Universiteit van Amsterdam en het Arabische instituut Inception.

Bron: Financieel Dagblad 23 september 2019

Opening Thira Lab and Radboud AI for Health Lab

We proudly invite you to the opening event on Monday September 16 of two newly established AI initiatives at Radboud university medical center: Radboud AI for Health and Thira Lab. These are the first two Nijmegen-based ‘labs’ within ICAI. Please connect to the pages at Radboud University to sign up for the event.