A collaboration focused on the health and life sciences

A new state-of-the-art laboratory to develop artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in medical imaging has opened in Amsterdam. The AI for Medical Imaging Lab is a collaboration between the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and the United Arab Emirates’ Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI), and the latest addition to Amsterdam’s growing life sciences and health sector.

The lab will explore how AI and machine learning can help to improve medical imaging. In total, seven PhD researchers will work on projects that will focus on, among other things, achieving a quicker diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, modelling cardiac rhythms and on generating automatic reports based on X-ray images.

The AIM Lab is the eleventh lab in a network overseen by the Innovation Center for AI (ICAI), which aims to encourage ecosystem growth and talent development. Cees Snoek, ICAI’s scientific co-director, said: “We are thrilled about this collaboration with the IIAI, a powerhouse in artificial intelligence research, and look forward to inventing new technology for medical imaging together.” 

An important milestone for Amsterdam’s LSH community

The opening of the lab marks an important milestone in the continuing growth of Amsterdam’s life sciences and health sector, which includes the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) and the European Medicines Agency. More than 300 life sciences companies are based in the city, where they are supported by a skilled academic community that includes two dedicated science faculties. Amsterdam is already on its way to becoming a renowned AI hub, with a number of academic labs and successful partnerships between multinationals, startups and researchers.

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