February 7, 2020

AIM Lab starts with a grand opening at Amsterdam Science Park

The official opening of the AI for Medical Imaging lab (AIM Lab) on Friday 31 January, was performed by Geert ten Dam (President of the Executive Board of the University of Amsterdam), Victor Everhardt (Alderman of the City of Amsterdam) and Xiantong Zhen (IIAI) by revealing the banner of the AIM Lab with its logo.

AIM Lab is a research collaboration between the Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence (IIAI) from the United Arab Emirates and the University of Amsterdam. Scientific co-director of the lab Cees Snoek says “We are thrilled about this collaboration with the IIAI, a powerhouse in artificial intelligence research, and look forward to invent new technology for medical imaging together.” Cees Snoek, presented AIM Lab as the eleventh lab in the network of the national Innovation Center for AI (ICAI) and explained how such lab partnerships drive AI innovation, talent development and ecosystem growth.

After a word of welcome by Peter van Tienderen, the dean of the Faculty of Science of the UvA, Bram van Ginneken, professor at Radboud University Medical Center, gave a keynote on medical imaging. He explained its applications and the need for more research in the deep learning and computer vision technology underlying medical imaging.

This formed the bridge to the presentation of Marcel Worring, the other scientific co-director of AIM Lab. Marcel showed what the seven PhDs in the project will do on this topic and how the excellent scientific infrastructure of IIAI and UvA will help to create optimal synergy.  Before the official opening, Geert ten Dam gave a short speech indicating how AIM Lab fits in the Amsterdam agenda ‘AI Technology for People’ followed by Victor Everhardt who emphasized the important role he sees for AIM Lab and Amsterdam Science Park for the ‘Life Sciences and Health Strategy’ of Amsterdam.

Header photo made by: Monique Kooijmans

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