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POSTPONED *** Our Digital Future | Starts Today

Wednesday 1 April 2020
Langegracht 70

Artificial intelligence, robotics and gamification: there's a huge amount going on at Leiden University within the field of digital innovation. But do all the people working in this field know who else is working on the same themes? The aim of this inspiration session for staff on innovation and ditigalisation at the University is to bring all these people together. 


Session chair

Erik Geraads (ISSC Team Leader, Operations)

Questions to be addressed

  • What can we expect in the area of digitalisation?
  • Automatisation, data management and online collaboration are changing rapidly. What will these developments mean for us?
  • What can we learn from one another and how can we encourage cross-fertilisation?
  • Are there opportunities and ideas for (interdisciplinary) collaboration?

Sharing knowledge and networks

The aim of the session is to encourage an open exchange of insights and ideas, as well as discussion about the future of digitalisation at Leiden University. There will be opportunities to share knowledge and networks, and to present the innovations on which we are working in different fields.  

Open to everyone

Are you a researcher working with IT? Do you provide support in the area of IT? This afternoon is intended for staff in all domains: education, scientific research, information management and functional management. Everyone who is interested and who is involved in digitalisation, automation and data management is very welcome to attend. 

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Martijn Ridderbos, Vice-President, Executive Board

13.10 – 14.10

Keynote speeches

14:10 - 14:30


14:30 - 15.10

Themed workshops (series 1)

Simultaneous workshops, each with two short, dynamic presentations and group discussions. Participants can register for these workshops in advance via the app.

Research and data management

Robotics and digitalisation

Knowledge development and 

Data in the cloud

15:10 - 16:00

Break and networking

16:00 - 16:40

Themed workshops (series 2): repeat of themed workshops (with new participants)

from 16:40

Plenary session: forum with the speakers

from 17:00

(Network) drinks with all participants

Machine Learning

Prof. Holger Hoos

Professor of Machine Learning Holger Hoos is a much sought-after speaker on artificial intelligence. He appeared on Dutch national TV in 2019 in De Toekomst is Fantastisch (NPO3/VPRO) (The Future is Fantastic). In Dutch national newspaper de Volkskrant he and colleagues recently called for a substantial investment in artificial intelligence in the Netherlands and for the establishment of a European centre for artificial intelligence, located in the Netherlands. Language: English

AI between IQ and EQ

Prof. Jaap van den Herik

Professor of Computer Science and Law Jaap van den Herik will share with us his impressive experience with intelligent systems and AI. Computers do not have emotional intelligence, or so many people believe. According to Jaap van den Herik, AI researchers can achieve a lot: 'At the end of this century computers will be able to deliver legal judgements, they will have intuition and empathy and they will understand the emotions of the humans around them. It will be a breathtaking spectacle, where the PhDs of today will be the observers of tomorrow.' Language: Dutch

Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Early Drug Discovery

Dr Gerard van Westen

The search for new candidate medicines is undergong a revolutionary development. A key feature of this search is the use of machine learning to develop models that can predict how candidate medicines will behave. Machine learning can also be used to generate new molecular structures (that have not yet been created). These models will make use of a  database (ChEMBL) containing the data from a large group of possible potential proteins and chemical structures. Gerard van Westen will present an overview of the applications currently in use at LACDR and will also give some examples, such as the application of deep learning. Language: Dutch

Data management for research: what IT support is needed?

Dr Jacko Koster

Following the workshop by Gerard van Westen, Jacko Koster, Programme Manager of Implementation of Data Management, together with colleagues from the Research IT Competence Centre (RICC), will address the technical aspects of the management of research data and other IT needs of researchers. Language: Dutch

How do robots learn? What IT support do they need?

Dr Joost Broekens

Joost Broekens is University Lecturer / Assistant Professor in Affective Computing. His research focuses on the use of emotions in artificial intelligence and in learning machines, but more particularly on the interaction between humans and robots. He is also co-founder and Chief Technical Officer of the company Interactive Robotics. He has given presentations on such subjects as EVA the home care robot, the use of robots in the classroom and robots on the job market (see the programme on Dutch broadcaster RTL-Z in 2018: De robots komen er aan! Hoe gaan we ermee om op de werkvloer en in onze bedrijven?) (The robots are coming! How are we going to deal with them on the work floor and in our companies?)  Language: Dutch

Sex care robots

Dr Eduard Fosch Villaronga

All  human beings should be able to enjoy touch, intimacy and sexual pleasure, but for people with a functional disability, the opportunities to meet these basic needs are often far more limited than for able-bodied people. Could sex robots offer a solution for the elderly and for people with a disability? Eduard Fosch Villaronga studies the legal and regulatory aspects of robots and artificial intelligence in health care. He is also co-author of a short paper on the influence of machines on the lives of minorities, such as LHBTI+ groups.  Are robots inclusive enough?  Language: English

The use of video games in knowledge development

Aris Politopoulos

Aris Politopoulos is a lecturer in the Archaeology of the Near East. He teaches on the development of early cities and states, for example in Mesopotamia. He is also co-founder of the VALUE Foundation, an organisation that works to promote projects at the interface between gamine and knowledge development. Accessible, interactive knowledge projects are being developed that are also fun (RomeinCraft) and links are being forged between the gaming industry and expertise centres. The presentation by Aris Politopoulos will address the use of video games in knowledge development. Language: English

HRM Learning & Development, a blended approach

Jasmijn Mioch

There are some very interesting developments going on within HRM Learning & Development at Leiden University, particularly in the area of Blended Learning. Education Co-ordinator Jasmijn Mioch will give a presentation on Blended Learning, Microlearnings, Learning On Demand. What are these methods, and how can staff apply them in their personal and professional development? Applying modern techniques of working and learning: this is what Learning & Development is working on enthusiastically every day. Language: Dutch

Cloud computing in the social sciences: low demands but high obstacles for entry

Moritz Müller

Learning machines and ready-made cloud services are being used increasingly by political scientists and public administration specialists. The technical possibilities of data-driven research in the cloud are very promising. Even so, the use of such computing power also has its problems. Computer power does not yet seem to be in common use in these disciplines, and it is something that people have little experience of. In his presentation, Moritz Müller will outline the consequences and will give examples of the applications of cloud computing in social sciences. He hopes to encourage a disussion on how we can support social scientists in the use of advanced computer technologies. Language: English

LUCI: ICT in the cloud

Sjoerd de JongHuub NijsJeroen Groot Bruinderink

LUCI is the modern and flexible private cloud solution for research, education and business management. How will this make ICT support better and more agile? Three ISSC specialists will give a demonstration on how applications for the use of private cloud solutions are rapidly being made available. Language: Dutch

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