BNVKI sponsors AI-related events in the Benelux. At the previous BNAIC conference, it was decided to raise the sponsorship amount from €250 to €500. All the practical information can be found on the relevant page of the BNVKI website.
Following the increasing world-wide interest in AI and Machine Learning, the prestigious journal Nature has launched a new online journal Nature Machine Intelligence. The inaugural number, volume 1, issue 1, January 2019, is now available.
In recent months, the department for Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government has taken a number of initiatives concerning AI. In July, they organised a Stakeholders' day on Artificiële Intelligence to bring together practitioners, researchers and other interested parties, in an effort to map the Flemish AI landscape and identify key concerns going forward. From [...]
Since 2017, BNVKI collaborates with the Netherlands Platform for ICT Research (http://www.ictonderzoek.net/). On the initiative of the BNVKI board, a Special Interest Group on AI has been created, consisting of researchers from each of the 12 IPN institutes, which are representative for the AI community in the Netherlands. Having the status of a special member [...]
Virginia Dignum has recently been elected as Fellow of the European Artificial Intelligence Association (EURAI). The EURAI Fellows programme recognises European AI researchers who have made exceptional contributions to the field. The Fellows are selected from the top 3% AI researchers in Europe. In recent years, Virginia has played an important role in putting responsible [...]
The CLAIRE initiative, initiated by Holger Hoos, Morten Irgens, and Philipp Slusallek, is aimed at uniting the AI community in Europe and guiding EU and national administrations in allocating funding for excellence in AI research. In a nutshell, CLAIRE is about “Excellence across all of AI. For all of Europe. With a Human-Centred Focus.” Everyone [...]
The BNAIC 2017 postproceedings were published in the Springer CCIS series. It contains all 11 Type A regular papers accepted for oral presentation (37% of the 30 Type A submissions). Verheij, B., & Wiering, M. (eds.) (2018). Artificial Intelligence. 29th Benelux Conference, BNAIC 2017. Groningen, The Netherlands, November 8-9, 2017. Revised Selected Papers (Communications in Computer and [...]
On April 25th, 2018, the European Commission has published a Communication outlining a European approach to AI, based on three pillars: Boosting the EU's technological and industrial capacity and AI uptake across the economy, both by the private and public sectors. This includes investments in research and innovation and better access to data. Preparing for socio-economic [...]
As per January 2018, BNVKI has a new board. Koen Hindriks and Marc van Zee have left the board, and are thanked for their excellent contribution over the past years. They have been replaced by Mike Ligthart (TU Delft) and Yingqian Zhang (TU Eindhoven). Mike will take the role of editor of the newsletter, and [...]
What is your academic background and how were you drawn into the field of Artificial Intelligence? I started actually studying languages and literature, without any awareness of computation at all: first at UFSIA in Antwerp and afterwards I was one of the first generation of UIA students, also in Antwerp. When I started there was [...]