TU Delft, Maastricht University, dsm-firmenich and Kickstart AI launch new ICAI lab: GENIUS

TU Delft, Maastricht University, dsm-firmenich and Kickstart AI launch new ICAI lab: GENIUS

March 5, 2024
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The start of 2024 has brought a new ICAI lab as part of the ROBUST program: GENIUS (Generative Enhanced Next-Generation Intelligent Understanding Systems). The GENIUS lab seeks to extend and enhance generative AI methods to support human experts in answering scientific and operational questions, through collaborative semantic knowledge engineering between people and AI systems. The GENIUS lab is a collaboration between Delft University of Technology, Maastricht University, dsm-firmenich, and Kickstart AI.

The GENIUS lab focuses on how humans and AI can collaborate in knowledge management and knowledge discovery within large organisations. The lab will develop human-centred approaches that involve humans in extracting, organising, and accessing stored knowledge. This research aims toaccelerate how AI is used in science, research, innovation and operations, where knowledge management and decision-making through AI-based systems might have far-reaching implications for many industries. These implications will be shown in real-world use cases.

The lab will co-develop generative, human-AI collaborative knowledge engineering methods and techniques for distinct yet highly interweaved knowledge engineering steps: collaborative knowledge synthesis; integration and linking of distributed knowledge fragments; integration of structured knowledge in generative AI models; trustworthy conversational AI using FAIR data and services; and hybrid human-AI ethics. These methods and techniques are designed, developed, experimented with, evaluated, and validated in a variety of contexts.

The lab and its partners have a shared long-term vision to improve human-AI collaboration to increase the scalability, trustworthiness and efficiency of AI- supported content-creation and decision-making systems.

“Generative AI is transforming the innovation landscape in industry and society. Bringing together partners with tonnes of experience in AI research and innovation, the GENIUS lab aims to address urgent challenges in the development and usage of Generative AI in large organisations.”

Jie Yang (GENIUS Lab Manager)

“At TU Delft, we are excited to partner with our academic colleagues from Maastricht University and our research colleagues from both dsm-firmenich and Kickstart AI in order to advance our knowledge and impact on society on this important topic of responsible and effective human-AI collaboration.”

Geert-Jan Houben (TU Delft)

“Generative AI heralds exciting new possibilities for guided content creation, but it raises many questions with respect to data provenance, generative accuracy, and overall, AI trustworthiness. At Maastricht University, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to work with our academic and industry partners to tackle social, scientific, and technical challenges pertaining to generative AI with our newly appointed PhD candidates.”

Michel Dumontier (Maastricht University)

“At the forefront of innovation, the newly founded GENIUS lab embarks on a transformative journey, exploring how generative AI, FAIR data and knowledge services can be introduced to accelerate the development of novel solutions and sustainable applications in Nutrition, Health, and Beauty.”

Hans Roubos (dsm-firmenich)

Sander Stomph, CEO and co-founder Kickstart AI: “We are thrilled to contribute to this groundbreaking initiative,  aimed at accelerating the adoption of AI in the Netherlands. Partnering with leading academic institutions and industry partners in the field of AI we are committed with the GENIUS lab to improve the utility, reliability, and comprehensibility of AI, making it accessible to everyone for addressing any type of question.’’


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