Together with the Kickstart AI initiative, ICAI has launched a joint appointment programme. Investing in private-public collaboration through joint appointments of academic staff, providing access for the next generation of AI talent to education, training and leading academics. The first commitment is to create 5 joint appointments to academic institutions in the Netherlands by each of the frontrunner companies in Kickstart AI, adding up to 25 positions in total by the end of 2021.
The first joint appointments were announced in February 2020:
- Dr. Nicola Pezzotti, who will join the Eindhoven University of Technology in a joint appointment with Philips;
- Dr. Sebastian Schelter, who will join the University of Amsterdam in a joint appointment with Ahold Delhaize.
Further joint appointments were announced in April 2020:
- Dr. Ruud van Sloun, in a joint appointment between the Eindhoven University of Technology and Philips;
- Prof.dr. Maarten de Rijke, in a joint appointment between the University of Amsterdam and Ahold Delhaize.
Joint appointments are shared academic-industrial appointments, for instance 3 days at a university and 2 days at a company. Such joint appointments are of interest for academic staff as they provide staff with access to real-world problems, real-world data, real-world evaluation opportunities, with the potential for significant real-world impact. In addition, companies may be able to offer attractive reward packages.
Companies that are interested in co-funding joint appointments and universities that are interested in offering vacancies for a joint appointment are invited to approach ICAI through Esther Smit. ICAI helps to match companies and universities, and it shares example contracts etc. that may help smoothen legal and HR processes.