New AI lab opens in Amsterdam

A new AI lab has opened in Amsterdam. The Elsevier AI Lab is a collaboration between the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) and information analytics company Elsevier. Situated on ICAI’s grounds at Amsterdam Science Park, it aims to connect Elsevier’s data scientists with data scientists in academia, helping to fuel innovation and develop new technology.

Founded by Amsterdam universities the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and supported by the City of Amsterdam, ICAI is a national AI initiative focused on joint technology development between academia, industry and government. So far it has founded three research labs: QUVA Lab, Delta Lab and AirLab, with more to come.

“The existing collaboration between VU, UvA and Elsevier will be accelerated through this new Elsevier AI Lab,” says Frank van Harmelen, Professor of AI at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. “Together we will be innovating on a wide range of AI techniques, such as knowledge representation, machine learning and information retrieval.”

Elsevier: an industry leader in AI

Elsevier helps institutions and professionals advance in science, technology and health by providing digital solutions and tools in strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support and professional education. It publishes more than 2,500 digitised journals, including The Lancet and Cell, as well as more than 38,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works. Elsevier is renowned as an industry leader in AI and already boasts a world-class 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 policymakers.

“With our global headquarters here in Amsterdam we are confident that the AI Lab will allow us to learn how AI can be used to better serve the interests of all our customers whilst simultaneously investing in talent development, creating new jobs and drawing AI experts to the region,” Alexander van Boetzelaer, executive vice president at Elsevier, says.

Amsterdam: a world-leading AI hub

One of the biggest developments in AI in the city is the UvA and City of Amsterdam’s planned world-class AI hub. Expected to be fully operational by 2021, it will tap into the booming global AI market by acting as a base for students and researchers from the university. Amsterdam has already set itself an ambitious challenge to improve lifespan with the help of AI.

The city also boasts a remarkable amount of academic labs that work closely with the industry, such as the Qualcomm-QUVA LabUvA-Bosch DELTA LabAMLABIntelligent Sensory Information Systems and ILPS, all of which are based at Amsterdam Science Park.

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