Artificial Intelligence (AI) concerns the ability of machines to demonstrate intelligent behaviour. AI is set to transform the way in which we live, work and travel. It will help us improve the competitiveness of Dutch industry and develop innovative solutions which will keep us healthy and safe. The big challenge is to bring AI expertise and domain knowledge together. And that is our strength: we combine different AI technologies with multidisciplinary expertise in order to create responsible system solutions. We do this under the umbrella of Appl.AI (Applied Artificial Intelligence).

Important opportunities for AI research

Read our Appl.AI research strategy


Working towards a better society

We are working on AI applications to realise the following goals:

  • Personalised health: artificial intelligence will give us personalised health advice on how to prevent and cure lifestyle related diseases.
  • Predictive maintenance: using AI we can make predictions for effective planning and for the optimisation of operations and maintenance. We do this in the energy, construction and industrial sectors.
  • Data-driven policy: AI will help us make the right decisions in public policy and services with data-driven insights.
  • Cyber security: AI will help us improve cyber security, by detecting or predicting fraud, threats and actual attacks.
  • Autonomous vehicles and systems: AI-enabled autonomous vehicles and systems will support or even replace humans in critical, dangerous and complex situations.
  • Smart Industry: AI helps to digitalize the industry and facilitates an optimal work balance between humans and machines.

Tackling AI challenges to accelerate innovation

At TNO we address the key challenges that prevent real-world applications of AI. We co-invest 80 million euros over 5 years in re-usable generic methodologies, techniques and tooling. Our 150 researchers (including 10 AI professors), work together with universities and international research organisations from a wide range of backgrounds. The key challenges we address include:

Peter Werkhoven, CSO
Artificial Intelligence has the potential of making our society smart and even wise. But trusted and responsible application strongly rests on public-private partnerships. TNO connects people and knowledge in AI, join us!

Joint innovation is an absolute must

We put AI to work in the real world. AI applications require large-scale data sharing and a combination of extensive domain knowledge with highly multidisciplinary expertise. Value creation with AI transcends organisational boundaries. It changes interactions and business models for public and private stakeholders. That’s why we believe that joint innovation is a key element of AI’s application. We have therefore set up Appl.AI: our initiative to stimulate AI innovation by bringing governments, companies and researchers together in joint innovation projects. We also build on TNO’s long track record of innovation.

Our mission: strengthen industry and society

The mission of Appl.AI is to strengthen the competitiveness of industry and overcome societal challenges. Orchestrating innovation in public-private partnerships is one of our strengths. This is why we are teaming up with new partners, investing in new AI techniques and deploying these techniques in a range of applications. Our approach is people-centric, developing AI solutions in a controllable, explainable and responsible manner. We also create the right legal and ethical frameworks, so that AI can truly contribute to the improvement of our society and economy.

Working with TNO

TNO is leading projects and innovation programmes in a responsible manner. If you are interested in realizing the potential of AI, you can contact us. Together we can experiment with new AI applications, either in single projects or in joined innovation programmes.

The Netherlands AI Coalition

The Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC) has been set up to substantiate and stimulate AI activities in the Netherlands.

The Netherlands AI Coalition (NL AIC) has been set up to substantiate and stimulate AI activities in the Netherlands. The NL AIC is a public-private partnership in which the government, the business sector, educational and research institutions, as well as civil society organisations collaborate to accelerate and connect AI developments and initiatives. The ambition is to position the Netherlands at the forefront of knowledge and application of AI for prosperity and well-being. We are continually doing so with due observance of both the Dutch and European standards and values. The NL AIC functions as the catalyst for AI applications in our country. You can find more information about on

Question about our research and applications regarding AI?

Reach out to Dr. Dijk directly