The programme aims to strengthen the Dutch artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem by boosting fundamental AI research.
ROBUST, a new initiative by the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI), is supported by the University of Amsterdam and 51 government, industry and knowledge-sector partners including Maastricht University.
ROBUST focuses primarily on the development of trustworthy AI technology for the resolution of socially relevant issues, such as those in healthcare, logistics, media, food and energy. The research sponsor, the Dutch Research Council (NWO), has earmarked 25 million euros for the programme for the next 10 years. The total ROBUST budget amounts to €87.3 million, of which €7.5 million comes from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
Several UM faculties are involved in ROBUST. At FASoS, Sally Wyatt and Annika Richterich will be supervising a PhD project about bias in media recommender systems. To do so, the PhD will work closely with media conglomerate RTL. Details of the PhD vacancy will be circulated soon.
For more information, see the UM website.