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The Hague a CLAIRE winner as headquarters of ‘AI for Good’

The Hague has become the headquarters for Europe’s largest AI research network, CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe).

CLAIRE was launched in 2018 to ensure Europe remains competitive in the growing field of AI research and innovation. The establishment of the headquarters in the Netherlands, and The Hague in particular, was based on the city’s increasing investment in talent, research, technology and innovation in AI, and its focus on AI for good and AI for all.

Dr. Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine learning at Leiden University and the co-initiator of CLAIRE, says: “CLAIRE is the world’s largest network of AI research laboratories, and we are very happy and proud to have our headquarters in The Hague. Alongside The Hague’s reputation as a city of Peace and Justice, The Hague and the Netherlands more in general, are an ideal home base for CLAIRE, which is going to shape the way AI is going to be used in Europe. The Netherlands is a hotbed for AI research and innovation in Europe, and home to a large number of internationally leading experts in AI.”

CLAIRE has announced a focus on ‘AI for Good’, specifically the use of AI to help reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. This sentiment aligns with The Hague’s existing focus on ensuring technology and business has positive impacts on society.

In October 2019 in The Hague, the Dutch Government launched its new nationwide Strategic Action Plan for Artificial Intelligence. The aim is to keep the Dutch economy globally competitive by stimulating AI based on the principle that both citizens and businesses can be confident that AI will be used with care.

The researchers and stakeholders involved in CLAIRE – some 330 groups and institutions, covering jointly more than 19,000 employees in 34 countries – have identified a pressing need to increase Europe’s strength and position in the area of human-centred, trustworthy AI.

Deputy Mayor of the City of The Hague Saskia Bruines, says: “The use of Artificial Intelligence offers many opportunities to potentially improve the lives of our citizens. However, this requires the development of a responsible and transparent approach to the use of AI, which is an important topic for Europe, the Netherlands and The Hague in particular. CLAIRE has set itself the mission to develop that approach for Europe. I am therefore proud and thrilled that CLAIRE has chosen to establish its European headquarters in The Hague. This will contribute to making the international city of Peace and Justice a very relevant place for the development of the responsible use of AI in Europe in the coming years.”

The opening of the CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague will strengthen the position of the Netherlands as an major hub on AI in Europe, attracting talent from across Europe and around the globe, and driving research and innovation in close collaboration with a broad range of application sectors.

The CLAIRE office in The Hague will place special focus on AI in the public sector, AI computing and data infrastructure, and the development of a focus on AI for social good. It will interact and coordinate with the NL AI Coalition, the European Commission, AI4EU, the European AI Association, the Benelux AI Association, CBS, TNO and ELLIS.

The Hague headquarters will also support CLAIRE activities all over Europe, coordinating the work of existing CLAIRE offices in Prague (CZ), Saarbrücken (DE), Rome (IT) and Oslo (NO), as well as offices soon to be opened in Brussels (BE), Zürich (CH), Paris (FR) and Cork (IE).

(Vis CLAIRE, The Hague and Partners