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New Artificial Intelligence institute in Eindhoven: EAISI

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07.15.2019

TU Eindhoven is rapidly setting up an institute that is needed to create awareness of its education and research in the field of artificial intelligence among future students, the best researchers, the business sector and (European) financiers. 

This EAISI, led by Carlo van de Weijer (director of TU/e’s Strategic Area Smart Mobility), will be launched on September 2, 2019. His first tasks will be to attract fifty new full and associate professors and to find suitable accommodation.

Source: Your Sneak Preview of the Future

As of next academic year, TU/e will have its own AI institute, so that everyone with an interest in artificial intelligence knows that they have to go to Eindhoven for education and research in this field. The institute will be known as the Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Systems Institute. Its acronym EAISI sounds easy, according to dean Frank Baaijens.

“AI is relevant to every research field at TU/e, and it is crucial to all future high-tech systems.” Baaijens says that on further consideration, there seemed to be a serious overlap between three of the envisaged CRT’s (Cross Research Themes, described in the Strategy 2030, ed.), and that is why the university decided to quickly set up an AI institute. These three CRT’s will be part of this institute: Complex High Tech Systems, Data-driven Intelligent Systems, and Human-centered Systems and Environments.

Rapid Pace

The process of setting up this institute takes place at a rapid pace, despite the busy schedules of the professors who are involved. Carlo Van de Weijer: “I was asked for this a few months ago. This is the first presentation to the TU/e community, we still need to fill out the details. A team was set up, but we are inviting everyone to share their ideas with us. I mostly see motivated people who are willing to clear their schedule for this. TU/e is making a strong commitment with this hundred-million-euro investment.”

Source: Your Sneak Preview of the Future

EAISI’s scientific mission is to collect and analyze data and to make real-time decisions in safety-critical situations based on that data. That means that these pieces of advice could have a serious impact on people’s lives, such as with self-driving cars and care robots. “That is exactly the specific role we see for TU/e. In the past, AI could be found primarily in the cyber world, at Google, booking.com, Spotify and other consumer platforms, Now, AI is evolving in the direction of fields in which TU/e has always been successful, such as High Tech Systems and Human Technology Interaction. At EAISI, the machines become intelligent,” says Van de Weijer.


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