Bosch arrives at Amsterdam Science Park

German electronics giant Bosch is the latest multinational company to arrive at Amsterdam Science Park, joining the likes of among others Nikon, Avantium, Qualcomm and Tata Steel who also have a presence at the park. Bosch has invested several million euros in the new DELTA LAB, a joint initiative with the University of Amsterdam, which opened its doors on 6 April. The lab will focus on fundamental research in deep learning and will be headed by UvA professor of machine learning Max Welling, together with Arnold Smeulders, professor in computer vision. The lab will be managed by Zeynep Akata and initially welcomes an international team of 10 PhD researchers and postdocs.

Credits: UvA, Dirk Gillissen

“The idea is to transfer knowledge,” says Max Welling. “Deep learning is a particular kind of machine learning which relies on neural nets which are inspired by the brain. We have defined around ten research topics, and the goal is to publish papers and to collaborate with Bosch on aspects that may become future product features.”

“The goal is to publish papers and to collaborate with Bosch on aspects that may become future product features.”

Bosch will also send its researchers to DELTA LAB, which will be based at the university building at Amsterdam Science Park, to collaborate with the UvA researchers. “Every student will do an internship at Bosch in Germany,” says Welling. “Bosch makes car parts and appliances – and all of these are becoming smarter, so our research is a key area for them. For example, it might lead to new pedestrian-detecting features for vehicles, or better performance measuring and so optimization for engines.”

Credits: UvA, Dirk Gillissen

He adds that Bosch will benefit from the machine-learning eco-system already established at Amsterdam Science Park: “We are joining a number of strong initiatives here, like the Qualcomm Lab, plus start-ups like Scyfer,” he says. “Having Bosch at the park will only increase the momentum, by helping to attract more companies and more top-quality researchers.”

Meanwhile, he points out that, while there will clearly be spin-offs for Bosch, “we will be publishing everything, so our research will have a wider impact still. Our dream is to make breakthrough discoveries – ones that Bosch can integrate into their products, and that really push the envelope of our field.”