Back in July this year, we reported about Civic AI Lab (CAIL). The collaboration happened between the City of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), and the University of Amsterdam (UvA), to accelerate the goals of fair AI creation and ensuring that it is responsibly used. Fast forward to December 10, and the official launch event for CAIL happened internationally online. In an exclusive interview with one of the co-directors of the lab, Sennay Ghebreab, we learn more about the CAIL, its research and societal objectives.
Civic AI Lab: Using AI to offer equal opportunity in Amsterdam
In our interview, we asked Ghebreab about the founders’ role and what the Civic AI Lab is all about. Ghebreab notes that apart from him, there are two other co-directors of the CAIL, Hinda Haned from the University of Amsterdam, and Jacco van Ossenbrugge from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The directors ensure that the lab focuses on its main objectives, which is the research and development of AI technology that promotes equal opportunity with a focus on societal challenges. The lab will figure out how AI can be leveraged in domains such as healthcare and education, workplace and others, to enhance equal opportunity.