ICAI Labs with industrial partners

TU Delft innovates together with a number of leading companies in the field of AI. This is done within the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI), a national partnership that aims to keep the Netherlands at the forefront of knowledge and talent development in AI.

The collaborations consists of multi-year strategic partnerships between the university and an industrial partner. TU Delft is currently working together in four innovation labs with respectively Ahold Delhaize (AI for Retail Lab), ING (AI for Fintech Research), DSM (AI for Biosciences Lab) and Booking.com/UvA (Mercury Machine Learning Lab).

The rapid advancements in AI and robotics provide us with significant opportunities to make everyday shopping even easier for our customers and develop new solutions for our warehouses and last-mile delivery. Working together with academic partners such as TU Delft will enable Ahold Delhaize and AIRLab to shape a technology-driven world in a responsible way. It helps us become a frontrunner in AI research and development for retail and ultimately build capabilities that are scalable for the group.

Frans Muller, President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize
AIRLab (AI for Retail), with Ahold Delaize
The AI for Retail (AIR) Lab Delft is a joint TU Delft-Ahold Delhaize industry lab consisting of a robotics research programme and test site focused on developing state-of-the-art innovations in the retail industry. By expanding its focus to robotics, AIRlab Delft will further drive innovations for daily business while building more knowledge of the intersection between retail, AI and robotics. The expansion comprises a robotics research programme and test site for developing state-of-the-art innovations in the retail industry. 
AFR (AI for FinTech Research), with ING
AI for Fintech Research (AFR) is a collaboration between ING and TU Delft. The mission of AFR is to perform world-class research at the intersection of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, and Software Analytics in the context of FinTech. Ten PhD researchers will work in the lab on projects that will focus, among other things, on autonomous software engineering, data integration, analytics delivery, and continuous experimentation.
AI4B.io Lab (AI for Biosciences Lab), with DSM
AI for Biosciences Lab (AI4B.io Lab) is a collaboration between TU Delft and DSM. The lab focuses on improving production technologies and developing bio-based products using AI. AI4B.io Lab is the first of its kind in Europe to apply artificial intelligence fo full-scale biomanufacturing, from microbial strain development to process optimisation and scheduling. AI4B.io Lab is aimed at long-term innovation in the domain of AI for developing biobased products and optimising biobased production technologies.
Mercury Machine Learning Lab, with Booking.com and UvA
The Mercury Machine Learning Lab is a collaboration between TU Delft, University of Amsterdam (UvA) and Booking.com. The lab focuses on the development and applications of artificial intelligence to the specific domain of online travel booking and recommendation service systems. The collaboration within the lab combines expertise of scientists from UvA (information retrieval, causality and natural language processing), TU Delft (reinforcement learning) with the unique expertise, experience and availability of big data at Booking.
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