Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) plans to double its budget for artificial intelligence, data science and digitalization to 70 million per year. The investments will be used to attract new talent, for research facilities and education and to strengthen collaborations, partnerships and networks. As a part of the plan, the university launches its first eight AI labs. After the initial eight, sixteen more are planned for 2020 and 2021.
According to TU Delft, artificial intelligence, data science and digitalization can accelerate scientific progress in all fields. The AI labs aim to accelerate scientific progress and contribute to education in these fields and boost collaboration between AI scientists and scientists in other areas. Every lab focusses on a specific domain, including machine learning for materials science, geometric deep learning for water management and data science for city planning.