Artificial Intelligence Theme

Artificial intelligence (AI) is changing the world, increasingly showcasing impressive results in many fields of science and society. To a large extent, this is due to fundamental progress, such as theoretical and methodological advances. CWI has longstanding fundamental research lines on various topics that are commonly considered to be cornerstones of AI. Key topics include:

  • Machine learning theory
  • Neural networks
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Evolutionary algorithms
  • Human-computer interaction

In accordance with CWI's mission to benefit society, CWI also actively works on AI applications. Often, this is done in a multi-disciplinary, multi-party, collaborative setting. This ensures that key demands of end-users are met, thereby maximizing utilization and valorization potential. Key application areas include:

  • Energy and smart infrastructures
  • Health and medicine
  • Humanities
  • Human augmentation and remote communication
  • Smart industries
  • IoT

AI is one of the key focus themes at CWI.


Breakthrough in energy efficient artificial intelligence

Thanks to a mathematical breakthrough, AI applications can become a hundred to a thousand times more energy efficient. This will make it possible to put much more elaborate AI in chips, enabling applications to run on a smartphone or smartwatch where before this was done in the cloud.

AI Calculates Best Treatment Plan

A computer that calculates an entire series of optimized treatment plans for prostate cancer in 30 seconds – that took some getting used to for medical specialists. Using artificial intelligence, the computer presented better plans and more insight than the doctors thought possible. The first patients are due to be treated accordingly already this year.

Cultural AI and its steady acceptance in the heritage sector

The heritage sector is learning to embrace artificial intelligence. This certainly is encouraging, according to CWI researcher Jacco van Ossenbruggen and Martijn Kleppe, head of research at the National Library of the Netherlands. Both researchers advocate the use AI, and point out recent advances in this field.

Artsen omarmen kunstmatige intelligentie: Computer rekent uit hoe je het beste bestraalt

Een computer die binnen 30 seconden een hele reeks geoptimaliseerde behandelplannen voor prostaatkanker berekent. Dat was even wennen voor medisch specialisten. Met kunstmatige intelligentie presenteerde de computer betere plannen en meer inzicht dan de artsen voor mogelijk hielden. CWI onderzoeker Peter Bosman leidde het team dat het systeem ontwikkelde. Nog dit jaar kunnen de eerste patiënten op zo’n behandelplan rekenen. Hoe krijgt een AI-systeem dat voor elkaar?