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Informatics Institute in the media

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.

How can we learn from discriminatory algorithms?
Nemo Kennislink interviews neuro-informatician Sennay Ghebreab.
1 December, 2020 - NL Nemo Kennislink

Theo Gevers contributed to "Zondag met Lubach"
Theo Gevers contributed to the last episode (of the season) of Zondag met Lubach. In this broadcast, and based on our earlier deepfake warning in NOS Journaal, Lubach elaborates on three components of our AI technology: (1) our deepfake generation software to create deepfakes of Mark Rutte with the aim to increase societal and political awareness of the danger of deepfakes, (2) our deepfake detection software assisting to automatically identify AI generated profile pictures to expose malicious (political) influencing campaigns, and (3) our grief therapy support software to help people with their  bereavement counselling.
Watch the full episode here.
22 November 2020, Zondag met Lubach - NL Dutch television

Tackle deepfakes while you still can
In preparation for her article about disinformation expert Nina Schick, journalist Marjolein van Trigt spoke with Max Welling.
20 November 2020 - NL De Volkrant

50th anniversary of the mouse
Taco Walstra, lecturer in computer science and curator of the UvA computer museum, interviewed by the NOS.
17 November 2020, Eerste patent computermuis 50 jaar oud - NL NOS nieuws

The role of computational thinking in education
Bert Bredeweg, associate professor at IvI,  participated in an online event at Spui25.
Spui 25 - Smart Education. Kunstmatige intelligentie in het onderwijs
16 November 2020, The online event - NL Youtube

Snoek op zolder an AI podcast series
# 7 with Bart Voorn, Director Data, AI & Robotics at  Ahold Delhaize and member of the ICAI advisory board.
13 November 2020, Snoek op zolder - NL podcast

Deep fake detection technology to expose influencing campaign
Deepfake detection software, developed by 3DUniversum, an IvI-UvA spin-off, assists in exposing (political) influencing campaign of bot army. Watch full story (item starts at time 21:59, in Dutch and 3DU parts in English).
10 November, 2020, NPO Nieuwsuur - NL Dutch Television

Machine learning contributes to a good old age
'Ambient technology' can be used to measure the functional health of elderly people. This contributes to a healthier and more active old age according to Ahmed Nait Aicha in his doctoral research.
10 November 2020, Computable - NL

The role of AI in  new education
Bert Bredeweg participated in a live cast about smart education.
9 November, 2020 , Tech for Society, Smart Education, Pakhuis de Zwijger - NL

Deep fake detective
Former UvA researcher protects his clients against deep fake videos.
8 November 2020, De Volkskrant - NL

Column of Sander Klous in iBestuur
About complexity under the hood. There is a limit to our ability to understand and explain complex things.
3 November 2020, iBestuur - NL

UvA opens new Data Science Centre
The center will become operational in 2021 and will be led by Paul Groth.
28 October 2020, Emerce - NL

How AI can help with creating a composition drawing
Theo Gevers helps Klaas kan alles with making a a composition drawing and asks Ellie Lust to find this person.
27 October 2020, NPO Zapp Klaas kan alles, children's program - NL Dutch television

Amsterdam coalition publishes special AI edition in New Scientist
To highlight the importance of AI to a broader public, the Amsterdam coalition ‘AI technology for people’ has published a special AI edition in the October issue of the popular science magazine New Scientist. The special edition showcases some of the research, teaching and innovation in AI being carried out across the Amsterdam region.
Autumn 2020, New Scientist - EN

Cees Snoek in Het Financieele Dagblad
Artificial brain Sam takes the stress out of our work
26 October 2020, Het Financieele Dagblad - NL

Film: Deepfake Therapy in close collaboration with Theo Gevers
AI for the benefit of grief therapy.
25 October 2020, NPO3 KRO/NCRV film - NL television

Snoek op zolder AI podcast serie
# 3 with Marcel Worring (IvI) and Beatrijs Tervooren (Police Amsterdam) AI investigation at the Police. And with a bonus track "Deep Fake" by singer-songwriter ShannaNina.
8 october 2020, Snoek op zolder - NL podcast
In Snoek op Zolder the hosts will be discussing small and large AI innovations, exciting research results and earth-shaking theories every week with passionate curiosity and humor. With this podcast they aim to spread knowledge about AI and inspire people to learn more about it.

Construction LAB42 started at Amsterdam Science Park
Amsterdam gets a new Informatics and AI center
29 September 2020 Computable - NL
16 October 2020, Architectenweb - NL

Sennay Ghebraeb in the media
How do scientists arrive at that one insight that determines the course of their career?
New Scientist 12 October 2020 - NL

Documentary 'The post-racism planet'. What does the world look like without racism? And how do we arrive at such a world? Pioneers who work daily on a post-racist world are exploring the way.
VPRO Tegenlicht 7 October 2020 - NL television

Ghebreab in 'How algorithms learn to think in a discriminatory way' sees a role for citizens and about creating a filter bubble in the article 'The Dutch celebrities of #ikdoenietmeermee; victim of the filter bubble? '
25 September 2020,  nu.nl - NL
26 September 2020, Het Parool - NL

Biased image processing. Digital image storm
Neuroinformatician Sennay Ghebreab wonders what we can do about biased image processing technology.
22 September 2020, Vrij Nederland - NL

Maarten de Rijke in Innovation Origins
How the Netherlands wants to accelerate the development of AI applications.
September 2020, Innovation Origins - NL

Launch of the Amsterdam unit of ELLIS in the media
About the virtual start of the European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) with 30 units in Europe.
14 September 2020, AGconnect - NL
14 September 2020, Computable - NL
15 September 2020, ICT-Magazine - NL
15 September 2020, Dutch IT-channel - NL
15 September 2020, Emerce - NL
15 September 2020, BI-Platform - NL

Sander Klous in CMweb.nl
Sander Klous: 'AI is interesting, difficult and complex, but as a business controller you can shape it'
2 September 2020, CMweb.nl - NL

Maarten de Rijk in Computable
De Rijke explains why it is important to lift the numerus fixus for the bachelor Artificial Intelligence.
1 September 2020, Computable - NL

Media attention for DReaMS Lab, a new lab of VU & UvA with Huawei
DReaMS Lab: the next generation of search technology.
The DReaMS Lab is a collaboration between the Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL, Prof. dr. Piek Vossen) and the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group (KRR, Prof. dr. Frank van Harmelen), both at VU Amsterdam; the Information and Language Processing Systems at the UVA (Prof. dr. Maarten de Rijke) and the Huawei Consumer Business Group, a world leading provider of cloud services for customers. At full strength, the DREAMS Lab will employ up to nine people (PostDocs and PhD students).
DReaMS Lab: the next generation of search technology
25 August 2020, Het Financieele Dagblad - NL
25 August 2020, NRC- NL
25 August 2020, De Volkskrant - NL
25 August 2020, Het Parool - NL
26 August 2020, Folia - NL

1 September 2020, Het Financieele Dagblad - NL

An opinion piece by Max Welling in De Volkskrant
Don't be afraid of a more extensive corona app.
20 August 2020, De volkskrant - NL

Max Welling in The TWIML AI Podcast
Neural Augmentation for Wireless Communication. Welling discusses his work with federated learning and incorporating the technology on devices to give users more control over the privacy of their personal data. He also shares his thoughts on quantum mechanics and the future of quantum neural networks for chip design.
The TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence).
August 2020, Apple Podcast - EN

Sander Klous in Het Financieele Dagblad
Eliminating racist algorithms comes at the expense of privacy, an opinion piece by Sander Klous and Nart Wielaard. The renewed racism debate has also put the fairness of algorithms into question. But this fight against discrimination can conflict with the right to privacy.
3 August 2020, Het Financieele Dagblad - NL

Theo Gevers in De Volkskrant
Face masks present a new challenge for automatic face recognition. About the lack of enough images to train the deep learning models and unlocking a mobile phone with facial recognition.
31 July 2020, De Volkskrant– NL

Sennay Ghebreab in FunX
Ghebreab talks about the importance of training algorithms with representative data.
23 July 2020, FunX – NL

Sennay Ghebreab in Science|Business
EU struggles to go from talk to action on artificial intelligence. Ghebreab says ‘The dominating topics are ethics and privacy and this could lead us away from discussing the benefits that AI can bring.’
16 july 2020, Science|Business - EN