Innovation & Research

Convergence AIDD Centers

A distinction is made between research ‘in AI’ (fundamental AI research) and research ‘with AI’ (applied AI research). Along with the themes displayed above, we launched convergence centers that work with AI and apply the fundamental AI research discussed in the themes.

Center for Energy system intelligence

EnergySHR aims at practically experiencing how data and algorithms, preferably tensely linked to each other, can be shared, as a basis for better cooperation on energy transition research and innovation between scientists from academia, public and private sector, to accelerate research, collaboration and innovation in the energy transition.

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AI Port Research & Innovation Center

AI Port is a research and innovation partnership between Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) on the use of AI technologies in the port environment. AI Port conducts AI-based, practice-oriented research and innovation in close partnership with local knowledge institutes, business partners, governmental and social organizations, and the Port of Rotterdam industrial cluster. This work will help steer the Port through significant transitions.

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Zuid-Holland MKB Data Studio

Aimed at supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in digitizing and optimizing their data usage, MKB Data Studio is a collaborative initiative involving students from both Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). This initiative seeks to bridge the gap between academic expertise and practical application, making the resources and knowledge of both universities accessible and beneficial to SMEs.

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Center for Responsible AI in Healthcare

The use of AI technology is widely expected to lead to better care and lower costs. Healthcare as a domain that is very much driven by human expertise and human communication, the widespread use of AI technology will require new policies, new governance, redesign of workflows in clinical practice and expansion of medical ethics to cover the ramifications of use of AI. We aim to strengthen existing regional partnerships in this domain, and build a leading national and international position.

Convergence Center for Fintech

We are your technology gateway to industrial and governmental organisations to sharpen your competitive edge and to help solve your challenges. Our 50+ researchers with expertise ranging from de-centralised systems, cybersecurity, Fraud detection, Anti money laundering, Privacy compliance and more can work with you to research on pre-competitive technologies and to help you deploy the developed solutions in your day-to-day processes.

AI labs

The Convergence program AI, Data & Digitalisation is proud to have two Convergence AI Labs. One focuses on Social Empowerment in the Feminist Generative AI Lab, and the other on Immersive technologies. In the two labs researchers from Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam have joined forces in their research.

Feminist Generative AI Lab

The Feminist Generative AI Lab is a joint research Lab based at TU Delft and Erasmus University of Rotterdam. The Lab pioneers research at the intersection of generative AI, design, and data feminism. Recognizing the recent developments in generative AI technology and its widespread impact, the lab addresses the ethical challenges and opportunities inherent in this transformative field through a theoretical feminist lens. A feminist approach to technology goes beyond gender. Broadly understood, it is an approach that aims for less dominating alternatives, thinks beyond binary oppositions and embraces pluralism and difference.

“The lab overarching goal is to mitigate discrimination and ensure that AI systems actively contribute to societal well-being and social justice, particularly within the context of social media and the web. The lab will critically examine the impact of genAI systems on marginalized communities, paying particular attention to issues related to algorithmic bias, representation, and power dynamics.”

Prof. Dr. Alessandro Bozzon: Professor of Human-Centred AI, Delft University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Claartje ter Hoeven: Professor of Organizational Dynamics in the Digital Society, Erasmus University Rotterdam

The Feminist Generative AI Lab

Immersive Technology Lab

Immersive technologies, such as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR), can transform how we perceive, interact, and communicate with the world and each other.

“With the Immersive Technology Lab, we want to help unlock more of the potential of immersive Technologies, by exploring fundamental questions and innovative application contexts. Our goal is to gain insights that are generally applicable, while simultaneously opting for concrete outcomes that can make a difference in this domain. In this way we want to build a basis for long-term effectiveness and sustainability of the lab. This requires a multidisciplinary setup, enabled by the collaboration of researchers from Erasmus and Delft, who cover a large spectrum of expertise.”

Prof. Dr. Ting Li: Professor of Digital Business, Rotterdam School of Management

Prof. Dr. Elmar Eisemann: Professor of Computer Graphics and Visualization, Delft University of Technology