Friday June 15, 2018
11:00 - 17:00h
@ Boothzaal Utrecht


Daan Di Scala

I am 21 years old and currently studying the Artificial Intelligence Bachelor in Utrecht. I am also the chairman of the study association USCKI Incognito. When I was (even) young(er), I aspired to be an inventor. I wasn’t even really sure what that would entail, but I was a curious child. The thoughts of robots, or intelligent machinery, always spiked my interest. I feel like what once felt as fiction or wishful thinking, now creeps up on us as reality. Nowadays, I am still very curious to how our future will look like. The uses of artificial intelligence in everyday life can be evident, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it slowly integrates in the different aspects of how we live, being healthcare, education, military, media, households or otherwise. I’m curious to see what kinds of insights our speakers will bring on this day. I hope to see you there!

Jaap van den


Jaap van den Herik (1947) studied mathematics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (with honours), received his Ph.D. degree at Delft University of Technology in 1983 and was appointed as full Professor of Computer Science at Maastricht University in 1987. In 1988 he was appointed as part-time Professor of Law and Computer Science at the Leiden University. In 2008, he moved as Professor of Computer Science to the Tilburg University (2008-2016). He is the Founding Director of IKAT (Institute of Knowledge and Agent Technology) and TiCC (Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication). Van den Herik is ECCAI fellow since 2003 and a member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) since 1999.
In 2014 Van den Herik received the Humies Award together with Omid David, Nathan Netanyahu and Moshe Koppel, for their work on learning a computer chess program to play on Grandmaster level.

Together with Joost Kok and Jacqueline Meulman he launched Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS) and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of LCDS.



He is currently working as CTO for Bomberbot. Bomberbot is a company specializing in teaching programming and 21st century skills to students.
His background is in artificial intelligence with a specialization in games and cognition.
He loves building games that captivate the player and create a meaningful playing experience.
Since players have different backgrounds and personalities, he always tries to incorporate multiple ways to play in my games.

Joachim de


Joachim studied Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University, through which he became interested in AI and robotics. He did his PhD research on Human-Robot Interaction at Plymouth University in the UK, where he investigated how conceptual learning by artificial systems (robots) might benefit from social interaction with humans. After that he worked as a postdoc on various European projects aimed at creating robots supporting children with diabetes, and search&rescue robots. He then switched to industry by co-founding Interactive Robotics B.V. As a spinoff from the TU Delft, Interactive Robotics builds social robots for education, retail and healthcare. Creating meaningful Human-Robot Interaction ultimately asks the question of what it is to be human, which is an important drive in Joachim's work.



As an expert in the field of data management, data analytics and data privacy and security, Jeroen Tegelaar strives to build a future wherein humans can still be more than a collection of interesting data. His background is in history (Utrecht University) and with many years of experience as a consultant and manager, he is currently working as managing director of Cranium Privacy & Security. He approaches his projects concerning GDPR implementation as ways to deal with the risks and pitfalls of artificial intelligence. What do we find acceptable in machine learning, for example? Themes like these are again on the agenda thanks to the legal obligations under GDPR and the growing concerns of people on the widespread abuse of personal data in social media. He encourages the audience to read Homo Deus (Yuval Noah Harari) as a preparation for his presentation



René Eijkemans (1963) studied applied Mathematics at Delft University of Technology and obtained his PhD in 2004 at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. In 2014, he was appointed full Professor of Biostatistics at Utrecht University. He was a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris XI in 2006 and at the research institute Albert Bonniot in Grenoble France in 2009. His research interest includes classification and prediction methodology in high-dimensional data and machine learning. He is currently working on the application of machine learning on wearable data and on genomic data, in the clinical fields of cardiology, oncology, neurology and psychiatry. He is passionate about the possibilities and impossibilities of new types of data and new methodology to improve medicine.