On the 9th of December 2019 The Hague played host to the launch of the headquarters for the world’s largest AI research network. CLAIRE has been established in response to the pressing need for excellence in AI research and innovation that ensures that Europe remains competitive in AI and its applications. With CLAIRE, Europe, the Netherlands and the city of The Hague in particular plan to step up the game in terms of investment in talent, research, technology and innovation in AI, with a focus on AI for good and AI for all.
During the opening of its new headquarters in the Humanity Hub in The Hague, CLAIRE announced a focus on AI for good – and specifically, the use of AI to help reach the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Goals. AI for all refers to the broad access to, and benefit from AI, across all of the society, including small, medium-sized and large enterprises, government and public administration, non-governmental organisations and citizens across Europe and the world.
In recent years, a discernible effort has been made to transform The Hague into an innovative city, seen through the city’s focus on fashioning technology and business with positive impacts on society, Tech for Good and AI for Good initiatives. Therefore, a human-centred focus on AI finds a well-established home in The Hague.
The CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague will support CLAIRE activities all over Europe, coordinating the work of existing CLAIRE offices in Brussels (BE), Paris (FR), Prague (CZ), Saarbrücken (DE), Rome (IT) and Oslo (NO) and Zürich (CH). The CLAIRE office in The Hague will also place special focus on AI in the public sector, AI computing and data infrastructure, and the development of a focus on AI for social good. It will interact and coordinate with the NL AI Coalition, the European Commission, AI4EU, the European AI Association, the Benelux AI Association, CBS, TNO and ELLIS. The opening of the CLAIRE headquarters in The Hague thereby helps CLAIRE to strengthen the position of the Netherlands as an mayor hub on AI in Europe.