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Informatics Institute in the media

Researchers and students of the Informatics Institute regularly appear on radio, TV or the internet to present their research and its applications, and to use their expertise to indicate the news. This is an overview of media appearances and articles in newspapers, magazines and other (online) publications.

Deepfakes are also helpful sometimes
Theo Gevers in Kijk magazine.
24 November, 2022 - NL Kijkmagazine 

New methods from NFI and UvA for recognizing deepfakes
Various media coverage where Zeno Geradts, forensic researcher at NFI and UvA-IvI professor by special appointment, talks about new methods to detect deepfakes.
18 November, 2022 - NL RTL Nieuws
16 November, 2022 - NL BeveiligingNieuws.nl
16 November, 2022 - NL Security.nl

How deepfake can help with trauma and grief
Theo Gevers explores the therapeutic possibilities of deepfake.
13 November, 2022 - NL Trouw

AI and climate
Various scientists, including UvA-IvI professor by special appointment Rob van Nieuwpoort, comment on the climate impact of AI.
11 November, 2022 - NL OneWorld

Deepfake porn is on the rise
Marcel Worring expects the image quality of deepfakes to become even better.
11 November, 2022 - NL De Volkskrant

Face to face with your attacker
Theo Gevers applies deepfakes in trauma therapy
09 November, 2022 - NL Leidsch Dagblad

A hub for scientific discovery and emerging tech innovation
Amsterdam is quickly becoming a hub for scientific discovery and technological innovation. It is home to a growing number of scientific and tech startups, and several established companies in the field.
08 November 2022 - EN silicon canals

UvA-Bosch Delta Lab 2
The UvA and Bosch have agreed to expand their established collaboration with the launch of a new public-private research lab.
November, 2022 - NL Bosch.nl

Deep Vision: Technology trends with Cees Snoek
Snoek talks about foundation models, new roles for science, and which approaches will gain traction in the next two years.
20 October, 2022 - EN Apple podcasts, Siemens Industrial AI podcast

Overlook spelling mistakes: sloppiness or humane?
We sometimes overlook language errors because we do not read letter by letter, but word by word, says Iris Groen, researcher in visual perception.
21 October, 2022 - NL RTL nieuws

A unique look into the brain
Neuroscientist Iris Groen  has studied the visual system in the brain in exceptional detail, together with researchers from New York University and Utrecht University.
20 October, 2022 - NL Folia

Max Welling in BNR Digitaal
Artificial intelligence is becoming increasingly important and we see it more and more often in all kinds of applications, but will this technology soon be able to solve the major problems in the world?
19 October, 2022 - NL BNR 

Artificial intelligence as the artist of tomorrow?
AI algorithms can do more and more and are becoming more and more accessible, also in the art world. Folia talks to AI and Computer Vision researcher Nanne van Noord.
19 October, 2022 - NL Folia

Dance party or football match, where is the risk of corona greater?
PhD candidate Philip Rutten speaks about his research into movement patterns of people during a football match and a dance event. 
06 October, 2022 - NL Het Parool

Rare electrical recordings of the human brain give detailed picture of neural activity
Iris Groen is quoted in this Medical Xpress article.
04 October, 2022 - EN Medical Xpress

Pilot project shows the impact of social robots in elderly care
This is what researchers Somaya Ben Allouch (IvI, Digital Interactions Lab), Jeroen Wildenbeest and Jeanine Wesselink-Huesken write in ICT&health.
03 October, 2022 - NL ICT&health

The young generation will make digital systems more secure
Interview with Sennay Ghebreab in De Volkskrant.
30 September, 2022 - NL De Volkskrant

Greetings from... Midjourney. Will everyone become an artist with artificial intelligence?
Article in FD in response to a statement by Max Welling: "I think that we will soon move to a moment when the general public, or even experts, can no longer distinguish works of art by a human artist and an algorithm.
29 September, 2022 - NL Het Financieele Dagblad

Prince Constantijn Van Oranje-Nassau was given a tour of LAB42.
He enthusiastically shared this on LinkedIn.
17 September, 2022 - EN Linked In

International attention for research into typical movement behaviour at large events increases risk of spreading infectious diseases
International attention for this work by IvI researchers, including PhD student Philip Rutten, in Science Daily and News Medical Life Sciences.
16 September, 2022 - EN News Medical Life Sciences
15 September, 2022 - EN Science Daily

AI in recruitment: risky, but it's possible
In this way, you can use AI effectively for recruitment, with the least possible chance of discrimination. Several scientists, including Sennay Ghebreab, give their comments in AG Connect.
15 September, 2022 - NL agConnect

Big tech is now also shaking up science
Major US tech companies are in a key position in scientific research. Academics fear a heavy reliance on big tech, similar to other industries. The tech companies are looking at commercially attractive areas, but are silent about the revenue model. Several scientists, including Max Welling, have their say in this FD article.
14 September, 2022 - NL Het Financieele Dagblad

Lab42: the building that would solve the space shortage at Science Park ...
The brand new Lab42 building at the Science Park was taken into use in September by students and staff of information sciences and artificial intelligence (AI). No sooner had the last stone been laid than the building turned out to be too small again. Where does the enormous growth of AI come from? Cees Snoek speaks in this Folia article.
12 September, 2022 - NL Folia

Sennay Ghebreab in Volkskrant podcast about AI for a fairer world
Artificial intelligence is not just something that can be easily abused. We can also solve problems with algorithms and work towards a fairer world, argues Sennay Ghebreab (UvA-IvI) in the podcast Stuurloos by De Volkskrant. 
11 September, 2022 - NL De Volkskrant Podcast Stuurloos

Column by Sander Klous in iBestuur
In his column in the professional journal iBestuur, Sander Klous (IvI) wonders whether the old tactic of keeping people satisfied with 'bread and games' can possibly be taken to a higher level with the help of technology.
06 September, 2022 - NL  iBestuur 

Data driven finance: Are financials learning to rely on an algorithm?
How can we learn to rely more on algorithms? According to professor Sander Klous, transparency and explainability, which are often emphasized, are a smaller factor than user experiences: trust comes when we experience the effect of analytics and see the results.
04 August, 2022 - NL Executive Finance

A modern CEO should want to join a talk show
Let the top of companies stick out their necks in sensitive social debates. That is a matter of principles, according to professors Egbert Eeftink, Muel Kaptein and Sander Klous.
30 July, 2022 - NL Trouw

Searching for 'stego': criminal information in hidden message
Zeno Geradts and Meike Kombrink (NFI and UvA PhD student) about this way of communicating in the criminal circuit. 
26 July, 2022 - NL NOS Nieuws

Google fires programmer who claims chatbot has awareness
... Cees Snoek said in the FD that the chatbot can only display patterns in data. 'Google's chatbot makes its own conversations from all the texts that people share via the internet.'
23 July, 2022 - NL FD

Racism in software
Sennay Ghebreab has been warning for years about 'built-in inequality'.
15 July, 2022 - NL One World

Microsoft blogs about the start of their new lab with Max Welling
A new blog post from tech giant Microsoft discusses their AI4Science research program. One of the collaborations within this program is a new lab with the UvA and VU, led by Max Welling. This collaboration was already announced last year; it is now clear that the lab will be housed in the new Matrix 1 building at Amsterdam Science Park.
07 July, 2022 - EN Microsoft.com

European Robotics Forum
A group of Computer Science students participated in the Robotics Hackathon during the European Robotics Forum in Rotterdam. You can see a nice impression of the atmosphere on Instagram!
05 July, 2022 - NL Instagram uva_science

Make sure we dare to trust analytics
How can we learn to rely more on algorithms? According to professor Sander Klous, transparency and explainability, which are often emphasized, are a smaller factor than user experiences: trust comes when we experience the effect of analytics and see the results.
05 July, 2022 - NL Controllers Magazine web

Christof Monz, Cees Snoek and Jan-Willem van de Meent in FD about Google’s chatprogram LaMDA
In mid-June, LaMDA, Google's latest intelligent chat program, stirred things up when its creators claimed the AI program had developed a form of consciousness. There is much that can be done about it. But a question that is very relevant according to the FD newspaper: can the independent researchers at universities, with their limited budgets and resources, still keep up with the commercial tech giants and their immense research departments? In other words, are we at risk of becoming dependent on the industry?
01 July, 2022 - NL FD

Processing traumas with deepfake
Deepfake technology will break through in trauma and grief therapy, says computer science professor Theo Gevers.
19 May, 2022 - NL Leids Universitair Weekblad Mare

Theo Gevers in NOS and Trouw about deepfakes as technology brings the dead to life
In an attempt to solve the murder of 13-year-old Sedar Soares, the police used a deepfake video of the deceased boy. This led to mixed reactions. The NOS and Trouw newspaper paid attention to the ethical side of using deepfake technology in this way; expert Theo Gevers (UvA-IvI) responded.
23 May, 2022 - NL NOS
23 May, 2022 - NL NOS Journaal
24 May, 2022 - NL Trouw

Processing traumas with deepfake
Deepfake technology will break through in trauma and grief therapy, says computer science professor Theo Gevers.
19 May, 2022 - NL Leids Universitair Weekblad Mare

Sennay Ghebreab on the growing power of algorithms
We should not underestimate the growing power of algorithms. The question is: what do we do about it and how do we maintain control? Three experts, including Sennay Ghebreab, answer this.
04 May, 2022 - NL Tweakers

IT students in great demand
'I was already offered a job during my bachelor's degree'.
05 April, 2022 - NL Folia

Max Welling on Apple Podcasts
Machine learning, molecular simulation, and the opportunity for societal good with Chris Bishop and Max Welling.
EN- MicroSoft Research Podcast (via Apple podcasts)


No knowledge exchanges, research shut down with Russia
The Informatics Institute (IvI) is a UvA institute that has formal partnerships with Russian knowledge institutions. IvI profesor Peter Sloot and IvI director Alfons Hoekstra comment on the consequences of the frozen connections.
28 March, 2022 - NL Folia

Foreign media attention for DeltaLab2
Attention in  Belgian media for the expanded collaboration between UvA and Bosch.
25 March, 2022 - NL Mechatronica Machinebouw
23 March, 2022 - NL Engineeringnet

UvA and Bosch extend collaboration with new research lab
Theo Gevers, Jan-Willem van de Meent and Eric Nalisnick are mentioned/cited in the media with respect to Delta Lab 2 the follow up to the collaboration Delta Lab 1.
23 March, 2022 - EN India Education Diary
21 March, 2022 - NL Emerce

AI becomes indispensable in competition
Max Welling comments on the indispensability of AI in competitive battles regardless of domain (industry or chess).
11 March, 2022 - NL Maintenance Benelux

Erik Bekkers in NRC about tracking down meteorites with AI
Dutch and Belgian researchers have made a map with the help of artificial intelligence to search for meteorites in Antarctica. NRC Handelsblad writes about this; Erik Bekkers , himself not involved in the research, comments.
08 February, 2022 - NL NRC

Deep Fake is becoming an increasing danger
Marcel Worring appeared in introductory video for discussion item "Deep Fake is becoming an increasing danger" in the television program Goedemorgen Nederland.
27 January, 2022 -  NL WNL: Goedemorgen Nederland

UvA AI software spin-off Sightcorp acquired by American Raydiant
Sightcorp, founded by Theo Gevers and Roberto Valenti, has been acquired by Raydiant from San Francisco.
18 January, 2022 - NL mtsprout.nl
14 January, 2022 - EN Silicon canals
13 January, 2022 - NL emerce.nl
22 January 2022 - EN India Education Dairy

Trust in analytics is crucial
How can we learn to rely more on algorithms? According to Sander Klous, transparency and explainability, which are often emphasized, are a smaller factor than user experiences: trust comes when we experience the effect of analytics and see the results.
10 January, 2022 - NL Controllers Magazine

Sennay Ghebreab on 'the reference man'
Sennay Ghebreab was a guest on the television program M to talk about the new documentary series “Reference Man”.
Reference man - NL article BNNVARA
Just about everything around us is made for the standard, reference man – or what the makers experience as 'standard'. But what if you don't comply?
06 January, 2022 - NL KRO/NCRV tv program M

Sezer Karaoglu about AI software that can give models new outfits and poses
Newly presented AI software can, based on one photo, depict a person in a different body position or with different clothing. Sezer Karaoglu, who in addition to being a postdoc researcher is also co-founder of UvA spin-off company 3DUniversum, comments on the how and what of this brand-new AI application
07 January, 2022 - NL De Standaard
05 January, 2022 - NL NRC