Civic AI

A research lab for civic-centered and community-minded algorithmic design, development and deployement

Al·go·rithm | ˈal-gə-ˌri-t͟həm
Meaning | A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.
Etymology | The word ‘algorithm’ roots from Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c. 780–850) a Persian, mathematician, astronomer, geographer and scholar from the region Khwarezm, once the seat of influential civilizations ruled by different ethnic groups


CAIL – Civic AI Lab – has the ambition to become a research lab for civic-centered and community-minded algorithmic design, development and deployment, within the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence – ICAI (

ICAI is a national initiative focused on joint technology development between academia, industry, societal stakeholders and government in the area of artificial intelligence.ICAI’s innovation strategy is organized around labs. These are multi-year strategic collaborations between knowledge institutions and partner organization(s) with a focus on technology and talent development. Currently, ICAI has 9 research labs with 13 different partners from industry, including Qualcomm, Ahold Delhaize, Bosch, Elsevier, and the Dutch National Police. 



CAIL envisions a digital society where citizens from all walks of life engage economically, socially, politically and culturally to create stronger communities and a thriving society


CAIL’s mission is to develop and advance AI technology to connect, empower and engage citizens and communities, including those at the margins of society


CAIL understands, appreciates and builds on differences between people in terms of knowledge, skills, lifestyle and socio-cultural background

Ethically & legally accountable AI

How to develop AI technology that promotes economic and social human rights such as right to health, education and work, while respecting fundamental human rights such as non-discrimination and equality 

Socially & culturally aware AI

How to develop AI technology that advances inclusive  socio-cultural systems  in public and private settings, while respecting differences between people in  factors such as language, customs, lifestyle



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Contact info

Phone: +31205258844
Room C3.245
Science Park 904

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