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May-July 2021

Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences combines AI and practice

The Netherlands’ first university of applied sciences, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA), has launched a centre of expertise in applied artificial intelligence (AI), where students from all faculties – from nursing and ICT to teacher training – will learn how to apply AI in their field of study. Lecturers and researchers in various application areas at the university had already been working on AI for some time. Nanda Piersma, scientific director at the HvA’s centre for applied AI, drew up a plan with colleagues Pascal Wiggers and Martijn de Waal to bring all these initiatives together in a structured way. “Applied AI is significantly different from academic AI,” said Piersma. “In the scientific world, the development of innovative AI algorithms is central, whereas the goal of applied AI is primarily successful implementation. This is not about the most beautiful or best algorithm, but rather about understanding the application of AI.” The strength of the expertise centre lies in the fact that not only AI experts ...

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