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Police AI Lab

Police AI Lab

A collaboration between of the Dutch Police, Delft University of Technology, University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University.

Heidelberglaan 11, 3584 CS Utrecht

The National Police Lab AI is a collaborative initiative of the Dutch Police, Utrecht University, University of Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology. They aim to develop state-of-the-art AI techniques to improve the safety in the Netherlands in a socially, legally and ethically responsible way.

The lab works on techniques across the full breadth of AI. At the University of Amsterdam, machine-learning techniques for extracting the right information from different sources such as photos, text and video are developed. Utrecht University focuses on models from symbolic AI that allow us to reason with and communicate this information. Aspects such as transparency, privacy and explainability are just as important as algorithmic aspects such as accuracy, computability and efficiency.

Locations and people

The Police Lab AI consists of two locations at the Utrecht Science Park and Amsterdam Science Park. In addition, the PhDs and Postdocs of the Police Lab AI also work part-time at the police innovation teams in Driebergen and Amsterdam.

Location Utrecht - The Utrecht location of the Lab consists of a professor, a scientific director, five postdocs and seven PhD's. The research focuses on intelligent interactive dialogues, reasoning with (legal) arguments and crime scenarios, and integrating symbolic and subsymbolic techniques in AI.

Location Amsterdam - The Amsterdam location of the Lab consists of professor, a scientific director and three PhD's. The research focuses on finding summaries, relations and patterns in multi-modal digital data (photos, text, video).

Sustainable Development Goals

Research projects

Data-driven police work: The lab studies data-driven skills for investigation and intelligence and techniques to improve the efficiency of the learning process.

Responsible and transparent AI: The police works proactive to implement the ethical and legal aspects of AI. This is done with both technical and non-technical research.

Simulation and optimization: By employing simulation techniques, the police obtains insight into the emergent behavior of complex systems.

Algopol: Finding ways for value-sensitivity and transparency to strengthen citizens’ trust in the implementation and use of algorithms and strengthen police legitimacy.

AI4Intelligence: In this interdisciplinary project we aim to research and develop AI tools for dealing with large volumes of multimodal data in Police investigation and intelligence situations – going from this data to trustworthy evidence that can be used in court. In addition to developing such tools, we also want to evaluate (the use of) such tools: how are they used by individual investigators and in the broader police organisation? Which legal requirements and safeguards are needed for a responsible and legitimate use of AI tools in police investigation and intelligence?

People

Scientific directors: Florix Bex, Alexander Verbraeck, Marcel Worring

Floris Bex
Alexander Verbraeck
Marcel Worring

PHD Students

Scientific directors: Florix Bex, Alexander Verbraeck, Marcel Worring

Floris Bex
Alexander Verbraeck
Marcel Worring

Partners

Dutch Police

Utrecht University

University of Amsterdam

Delft University of Technology

Politie
TUDelft
University of Amsterdam
Utrecht University
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