Exploring collaboration opportunities in the field of Artificial Intelligence

In News by Astrid Seegers

The world population will grow from 7 billion to 9.8. billion by 2050. This will bring global challenges in demand of food, health and energy. Although urgent, these challenges coincide with the Fourth Industrial revolution with innovation and technology, where Artificial Intelligence is the fundamental and most pervasive emerging technology due to the deep impact in industries and everyday lives is expected – World Economic Forum 2018

The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society goes beyond higher revenues, AI can be a valuable tool in the worldwide efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The Netherlands and Singapore share challenges in the field of health and mobility, have strong economic ties and a similar view on innovation. What are the opportunities for collaboration in the field of AI?

On 13 February the Holland Innovation Network of the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore organized their AI seminar. A group of representatives from government agencies, companies and universities from Singapore and the Netherlands participated in the interactive seminar. The event started with a presentation on the Dutch AI ecosystem, including a brief insight on AI in the field of smart mobility and urban planning by TNO, the Dutch applied research institute. Special guest was Professor Cees Snoek, Professor of Multimedia Information at University of Amsterdam, Chief Scientific Officer of Kepler Vision, and former Chief Scientist at Qualcomm NL. He joined via skype to give his keynote. Prof Snoek presented an overview of the Dutch Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) and his research in video analytics and involvement with Kepler Vision. Kepler Vision is a spin-off of the University of Amsterdam, that develops body language recognition software. One example is recognizing the body language and human activities in elderly care centers. The application can be used to alert nurses. In 2018 the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) has been launched at Amsterdam Science Park. This national initiative is focused on technology and talent development between academia, industry and government in the area of AI. The strategy is organized in multi-year strategic collaborations in industry labs. So far six industry labs have been founded with partners such as Ahold Delhaize, Bosch, Qualcomm.

Dr Stefan Winkler from AI Singapore, Singapore’s national initiative for development of AI, explained the strategy and opportunities to participate in the initiative. Comparing Singapore and the Netherlands, health, cybersecurity and mobility seem to be three interesting areas to explore more in depth.

In conclusion the outcome of identified collaboration opportunities can be divided in sectors, AI techniques and similar challenges.

Sectors AI Techniques Tackling similar challenges
·       Health

·       Mobility & Logistics

·       Security

·       Smart Industry

·       NLP

·       Autonomous Agents

·       Robotics

·       Computer Vision

·       Developing digital skills / education

·       Engaging SME’s

·       Regulation

As our first AI event we were happy with the outcome that has created awareness about developments in both Singapore and the Netherlands. It also provided ample opportunity to connect Singaporean and Dutch professionals.

More information

The Holland Innovation Network at the Netherlands Embassy in Singapore focusses on innovation, technology and science collaborations between Singapore and the Netherlands. By organizing seminars and workshops the team informs and inspires about topics such as policy innovation, blockchain, AI, autonomous driving and robotics. The Holland Innovation Network writes articles to inform Dutch government agencies, knowledge institutes and companies about developments in Singapore. To explore collaborations and business opportunities on AI R&D with the Netherlands, contact Ms Natalie Koot and Ms Astrid Seegers, Advisors for Innovation, Technology and Science via sin-ia@minbuza.nl

This article was written by Natalie Koot and Mignon Lebon.