Artificial Intelligence is a global “game-changer” and a significant driver of innovation, future growth, and competitiveness. However, to fully realise the benefits and responsibly manage the risks associated with Artificial intelligence, cooperation across Europe (and beyond) is essential.
Recently, the headquarters of the world’s largest AI research network CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe), has been opened in The Hague.
CLAIRE has been established in response to the pressing need for excellence in AI research and innovation that ensures that Europe remains competitive in AI and its applications. With this move, Europe, the Netherlands, and the city of The Hague are planning to step up the game in terms of investment in talent, research, technology, and innovation in AI, with a focus on AI for good and AI for all.
Dr. Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine learning at Leiden University and the co-initiator of CLAIRE, said:
CLAIRE is the world’s largest network of AI research laboratories, and we are very happy and proud to have our headquarters in The Hague. Alongside The Hague’s reputation as a city of Peace and Justice, The Hague and the Netherlands, more in general, are an ideal home base for CLAIRE, which is going to shape the way AI is going to be used in Europe. The Netherlands is a hotbed for AI research and innovation in Europe, and home to a large number of internationally leading experts in AI.
Aims to ensure the success of European AI!
The researchers and stakeholders involved in CLAIRE have identified a pressing need to increase Europe’s strength and position in the area of human-centered, trustworthy AI.
CLAIRE aims to ensure the success of European AI through a focus on excellence in research and innovation, on attracting talent from across Europe and around the globe, and in close collaboration with a broad range of application sectors.
During the opening of its new headquarters in The Hague, CLAIRE announced a focus on AI for good – and specifically, the use of AI to help reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Strategic Action Plan for Artificial Intelligence
Recently, in October 2019, in The Hague, the Dutch Government launched its new nationwide Strategic Action Plan for Artificial Intelligence. The government aims to keep the Dutch economy globally competitive by stimulating AI based on the principle that both citizens and businesses can be confident that AI will be used with care.
Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague Ms. Saskia Bruines said:
The use of Artificial Intelligence offers many opportunities to improve the lives of our citizens potentially. However, this requires the development of a responsible and transparent approach to the use of AI, which is an important topic for Europe, the Netherlands, and The Hague in particular. CLAIRE has set itself the mission to develop that approach for Europe. I am therefore proud and thrilled that CLAIRE has chosen to establish its European headquarters in The Hague. This will contribute to making the international city of Peace and Justice a very relevant place for the development of the responsible use of AI in Europe in the coming years.
The CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague will support CLAIRE activities all over Europe. Furthermore, it will also place a special focus on AI in the public sector, AI computing and data infrastructure, and the development of a focus on AI for social good.
It will interact and coordinate with the NL AI Coalition, the European Commission, AI4EU, the European AI Association, the Benelux AI Association, CBS, TNO, and ELLIS. The opening of the CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague thereby helps CLAIRE to strengthen the position of the Netherlands as a major hub on AI in Europe.
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