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Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence

Special New Scientist x AI Technology for People

Month of the AAI | Special New Scientist


To highlight the importance of AI to a broader public, the Amsterdam coalition ‘AI Technology for People’ has published a special AI edition in the October issue of the popular science magazine New Scientist. The special edition showcases some of the research, teaching and innovation in AI being carried out across the Amsterdam region.

In 2019 seven Amsterdam knowledge institutes, including the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), together with the City of Amsterdam and the Amsterdam Economic Board announced a joint initiative to invest €1 billion euros in the development of responsible AI technologies over the coming ten years. Known as AI technology for people, this partnership focuses on creating research programmes, attracting world-class researchers and equipping students with the latest knowledge of AI in the domains of business, health and citizens.

The special edition of New Scientist beautifully illustrates the innovative character of this partnership by showcasing diverse examples of how artificial intelligence is being developed and applied by the Amsterdam AI coalition. From interviews to features, project descriptions to editorial pieces: the special edition brings together teaching and research and highlights the role of business and government and, of course, the impact of AI technologies on our daily lives. A shared thread in all of the technological innovations currently being developed is the sharp focus on the social, ethical and legal aspects of artificial intelligence.

"We co-create to make AI work", says Nanda Piersma, scientific director of AUAS Expertise Centre in Applied AI. "To reach meaningful applications, AI technology needs to be complemented with deep understanding of the application domain."

You can read the special edition now . ECAAIs contribution can be found on page 20 and 21.

Katrien de Witte and Nanda Piersma of the Expertise Centre Applied AI featured in New Scientists special. Photo: Bram Belloni

Participants in AI Technology for People

AI Technology for People is a collaborative partnership between the Amsterdam Economic Board, Amsterdam Academic Medical Center, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek/Netherlands Cancer Institute, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica, the City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Sanquin, University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam.

About the Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence

ECAAI encompasses all of the HvA's AI research and education activities. This centre drives the development of applications of AI technology in a responsible and inclusive manner. AI technology and its implications for companies, organisations, governments and people can only be understood in context and through experimentation. Each faculty of the HvA has created a lab that brings research, education and practices together to solve short and middle term challenges in the application of AI.

Get to know the Expertise Centre Applied Artificial Intelligence (ECAAI) of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences! Launched in January 2020, ECAAI has turned November in the Month of the AAI, in which it will present itself and its labs officially. All activities are listed here.


Start date 01 Nov 2020
End date 30 Nov 2020


Liza Verheijke (appliedai@hva.nl)