‘AI hub Zuid-Holland’ takes off

News - 01 October 2020 - Communication

The region Zuid-Holland will be setting up the ‘AI hub Zuid-Holland’. This network organisation will be realising a single point of contact for business and knowledge institutes in South Holland who want to work with Artificial Intelligence (AI). The AI hub Zuid-Holland will unlock one of the biggest AI-ecosystems of the Netherlands, which consists of knowledge institutes (home to +/- 1000 academics with a specialisation in AI), businesses and public partners.

The AI hub Zuid-Holland builds on a regional eco-system strategy, which focuses on close collaboration between the knowledge institutes in South Holland (universities, applied universities, TNO) together with both public and private parties, in the convergent development of AI knowledge and innovation. Furthermore, the hub will focus on accelerating AI-related developments and innovation, as well as the ‘datafication’ of South Holland. The AI hub will also supporting and help shape compelling areas of application that can profit greatly from applying AI, such as peace, justice and security; harbour and maritime; energy and sustainability; health and care; and the technical industry. To facilitate all parties in this collaborative effort, a single point of entry and contact will be created for businesses and knowledge institutes in South Holland who (want to) work with AI. Moreover, the organisation is keen on raising visibility of the potential of AI in the region.

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The AI hub Zuid-Holland has received a kickstart fund from the Dutch AI Coalition (NL AIC). The development of the hub strengthens consortia and fastforwards ambitions in the AINED-report ‘Versnellen, vergroten en verbinden’ and is a concretisation of the Action agenda of the NLAIC.

The AI Hub Zuid-Holland already encompasses: TU Delft (coordinator), Erasmus University Rotterdam, ErasmusMC, Leiden University, LUMC, InnovationQuarter, TNO, Province South Holland, the Municipality of Rotterdam, Municipality of The Hague and the Economic Board South Holland and is working to include more partners such as the HBO’s (Haagse Hogeschool). ORTEC, T-Mobile, Batenburg Technologie and KPN are connected to these developments via taskforce digital of the Economic Board South Holland. The hub aims to connect to or join forces with existing initiatives in the region, such as the soon to be developed European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH).