Ilya Markov appointed Scientific Manager of AIRLab Amsterdam

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We are happy to announce that from October 1st 2018 Ilya Markov joined the AI for Retail Lab (AIRLab) Amsterdam as Scientific Lab Manager. Markov has also been appointed as Assistant Professor at the Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam. His work at AIRLab – a joint UvA-Ahold Delhaize industry lab – will consist of supervising multiple workstreams and PhD students and exploring new scientific opportunities within this collaboration. In his new role as a lab director, he will conduct research into socially responsible algorithms that can be used to make recommendations to consumers and into transparent AI technology for managing goods flows. This research will take place at Albert Heijn and, both brands of Ahold Delhaize.

Markov holds a BSc and MSc, with a major in Computer Science and Software Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He got his PhD (2014) at the Information Retrieval Group from the University of Lugano (USI) on the topic of uncertainty in distributed information retrieval. After that, he became a postdoctoral researcher at the Information and Language Processing Systems group (ILPS) at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), where he worked on user behavior models and algorithms that learn from users in information retrieval. Markov has been extensively involved in supervision of undergraduate students and PhD students and gained industry experience by collaborating with companies such as Yandex and JetBrains.

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Hinda Haned from Ahold Delhaize appointed professor

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Hinda Haned, principal scientist at Ahold Delhaize, has been named professor by special appointment of Data Science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), Faculty of Science. As professor at UvA, Haned will focus on fair and responsible data science and machine learning. Haned has been lead data scientist at Ahold Delhaize since 2015 and principal scientist since 2018. Her activities at Ahold Delhaize involve designing and building solutions to answer business questions with data mining and machine learning techniques. Read more

Erasmus Descartes Conference 2018 – Artificial Intelligence

On 15 and 16 November 2018 the Erasmus-Descartes Conference will take place in Paris, organised by the Dutch embassy in cooperation with the French embassy in the Netherlands. A total of 150 experts from the private sector, civil society organisations and the public sector have been invited to take part in this year’s conference, which will focus, after Big Data in 2017, on Artificial Intelligence in 2018. Max Welling and Arnold Smeulders will give presentations on the 15th.

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Welcome to the ICAI Meetup

ICAI now has a meetup, see Interested in the use of artificial intelligence for innovation? The first edition of the meetup will be on September 14, at Ahold Delhaize.

The AIRLab is looking for five PhD students

The AIRLab has just opened five vacancies for PhD students. The general area is AI for Retail, and the lab is looking to fill the positions as soon as possible.  Areas range from recommendation to federated search and conversational search to replenishment. Please see this page for more details.

ICAI Lecture by Ramesh Jain

On Wednesday 4 July 2018, Ramesh Jain (Institute for Future Health, Department of Computer Science, University of California) will give the inaugural ICAI lecture A Navigational Approach to Health.

What if an app could guide you to better health, similar to how GPS navigation directs you to your desired destination? Advances in sensors, mobile computing, artificial intelligence, data management, cloud computing, biology, and medicine allow approaching human health from a novel navigational perspective. (more…)

The AIRLab is looking for a director

The AIRLab has a vacancy for an assistant professor in artificial intelligence and information retrieval to be the director of the lab. Please visit this page to find out more.


ICAI is the Dutch hub in ELLIS, the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems, and initiative that was announced recently, with a strong focus on excellence in machine learning and attracting, training and retaining talent for Europe. See this site for more about the ELLIS initiative.

Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence officially launched

Science and business in the Netherlands are joining forces in the field of artificial intelligence. Today, the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) will be officially launched at Amsterdam Science Park. The first lab within ICAI is a partnership with Ahold Delhaize.