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The chair addresses communicative AI: AI that is open for inspection by humans and engages in communicative interfaces with humans. The chair focuses in particular on deep learning and natural language processing. It emphasizes the explainability and auditability of human-centered AI, and explicitly seeks connection with neurocognition, neuro/-psycholinguistics and general linguistics - disciplines that resort under LUCL. Further, the chair enforces the connection with LIACS (Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science) and the digital humanities community in Leiden (LUCDH, Leiden University Center for Digital Humanities) and the Netherlands. The professorship reflects TNO's orientation on trustworthy, transparent and controllable AI and will contribute to a better knowledge position for TNO on human-AI interaction.
In 2020, work focused on creating a synergetic research environment in Leiden. A number of collaborations between TNO and Leiden University have been initiated:
Additionally, the chair has become involved in the organization of the European City of Science 2022, and the EuroScience Open Forum conference (submitting and reviewing Faculty of Humanities proposals for workshops).
The inaugural lecture for the chair has been prepared and was originally scheduled for December 2020, but was unfortunately cancelled due to covid restrictions.