New Elsevier AI Lab

ICAI and information analytics business Elsevier announce the opening of the Elsevier AI Lab. The lab underscores the impact of academic-industry collaboration to strengthen the Netherlands’ global position in Artificial Intelligence.

As a true win-win situation, the collaboration allows Elsevier’s data scientists to work closer with data scientists in academia, contribute to education and science, and pursue a PhD. Academics in turn gain a better understanding of how AI is used to innovate research platforms to solve real-world societal problems. Through this multi-year partnership ICAI gains a focussed environment for AI researchers to help solve challenging, real-world problems in collaboration with an AI industry front runner. ICAI in turn brings state-of-the-art AI technology and insights to Elsevier.

Alexander van Boetzelaer, Executive Vice President at Elsevier said: “VU and UvA together, via ICAI and the Amsterdam Data Science initiative, are very strong AI players in the region with international reputation. Teaming up with these formidable organizations demonstrates our commitment to strengthen the Netherlands as technology hotspot globally and adds to the impact academic-corporate collaborations can have.”

Elsevier’s involvement in this initiative fits with the prominence it has gained in recent years as an industry leader in Artificial Intelligence. This is demonstrated best through its Artificial Intelligence Program, which undertakes to build a comprehensive global examination of artificial intelligence by combining semantic research with insights from AI experts, practitioners and policy makers. The program will publish a comprehensive report in late 2018 which will be freely available.

Scientific Directors of Elsevier AI Lab:

Paul Groth, professor of algorithmic data science at the University of Amsterdam.
Frank van Harmelen, professor in knowledge representation & reasoning at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Paul Groth

Frank van Harmelen