May 23, 2019

UvA appoints third University Professor Artificial Intelligence

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) has appointed Prof. Tobias Blanke as University Professor of Humanities and AI, effective 1 August 2019. Tobias Blanke is the third of four new University Professors at the UvA and joins Maarten de Rijke and Ivana Išgum. The new University Professors will focus on artificial intelligence and its impact on society from a variety of research disciplines. 

Recent years have seen strong developments in artificial intelligence (AI) techniques in medical imaging, especially deep learning techniques. These methods are increasingly able to interpret computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations and to analyse combined data sets. Artificial intelligence is expected to be the key to improving quality of life while reducing healthcare costs. The expected sharp increase in the use of AI techniques is accompanied by social and economic, and ethical and legal consequences. A clear need exists to address these and other social issues in parallel with technological developments in the field of AI before AI can be implemented.

Artist impression Lab 942: Benthem Crouwel Architects

Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI)

ICAI is an open national network of academic, industrial and governmental partners that is based at Amsterdam Science Park. ICAI will be housed in a new co-creation building for education, research and collaboration with commercial and societal partners (LAB42). At present, ICAI has fourteen partners: Ahold Delhaize, Bosch, Delft Imaging Systems, Delft University of Technology, Elsevier, Inception Institute of Artificial Intelligence Ltd. (IIAI), ING, National Police, Qualcomm, Radboud UMC, Thirona, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

As University Professor, Blanke will focus on the epistemological implications of AI. He will stimulate innovation in AI research and teaching, play a major role in modernising the curriculum and seek public-private partnerships with businesses, civic organisations and all levels of government. ‘With his extensive professional background, which includes a PhD in Political Philosophy and Informatics, Tobias Blanke is the ideal person to foster new links between various disciplines in the field of AI. He will be an inspiration to students, researchers and lecturers in the humanities and beyond’, says Rector Magnificus Karen Maex.

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