This week the Humanity Hub played host to the world’s largest AI research network’s CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe) headquarters launch in the Hague. CLAIRE is a member of the Hub community, seeking to use AI for good. The network has been established in response to the pressing need for excellence in AI research and innovation that ensures Europe’s competitiveness in the field.

CLAIRE is the world’s largest network of AI research laboratories, and we are very happy and proud to have our headquarters in The Hague. Alongside The Hague’s reputation as a city of Peace and Justice, The Hague and the Netherlands more in general, are an ideal home base for CLAIRE, which is going to shape the way AI is going to be used in Europe. The Netherlands is a hotbed for AI research and innovation in Europe, and home to a large number of internationally leading experts in AI.”

Dr. Holger Hoos, Professor of Machine Learning at Leiden University and co-initiator of CLAIRE.

During the event, CLAIRE announced its focus on using AI for good and AI for all. “AI for good” refers to such uses for AI technology as helping to reach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, whereas “AI for all” deals with ensuring broad access and benefit from the technology for all of society – across the entire world.

Alongside co-initiator of CLAIRE Dr. Holger Hoos, other notable speakers included representatives from the City Hall of The Hague, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, European Space Agency, United Nations, Parliament of the Netherlands, and the Dutch AI Coalition that saw its own launch at the Humanity Hub, among other organisations. Deputy Mayor of The Hague Saskia Bruines remarked during her speech of the opportunities provided by AI technology in improving the lives of people – if applied properly.

The Humanity Hub is proud to have CLAIRE as a member organisation, contributing to the Hub’s community of innovators striving for a more peaceful and just world. With AI’s growing potential in dealing with future challenges, its importance can’t be overstated.

Just recently the Hub hosted the Netherlands’ national AI strategy launch with the participation of more than sixty partners from a wide variety of industries. That’s why the Hub supports and connects innovators in this field and welcomes them within our diverse community of actors in humanitarian aid, justice, peacebuilding but also climate sciences and circular economy. Here at the Humanity Hub, we encourage and actively facilitate these connections as we believe that cross-sectoral insights ultimately lead to better results and impact.

CLAIRE (Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe) is an initiative by the European AI community that seeks to strengthen European excellence in AI research and innovation, with a strong focus on human-centered AI, on AI for good, and AI for all. CLAIRE aims to establish worldwide brand recognition for “AI made in Europe” (on the level of CERN), and to ensure that Europe remains in control of its future. Read more about the network by clicking here.