A new ’House of AI’ officially opened its doors at TU Delft on Thursday. Mondai is where AI science, education and innovation will come together - an important place for lectures, workshops, hackathons and other events. Students, alumni, scientists, professionals and the interested public will all be welcomed. Mondai is also Delft’s first ’Convergence Square’, enabling cooperation between TU Delft, EUR and Erasmus MC around AI, data and digitisation.
Mondai is Japanese for ’question’ or ’problem’. The new centre’s aim is to connect parties in an accessible way, to encourage innovation and to capitalise on economic and social opportunities; and to solve societies questions and problems. One example is an inspiration session for SMEs, where a specially developed AI innovation canvas is used to show businesses and organisations how they can use AI to realise a project or challenge.
Collaboration is crucialGeert-Jan Houben, Pro Vice Rector Magnificus AI, Data & Digitalisation at TU Delft, says that the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) as an enabling technology is enormous: "At TU Delft, we research, design and build both the AI technology itself and ways to use it, and we design innovations together with industry. AI education is offered to all students, and AI plays a key role in research across all of our faculties. It is great that Mondai is now available as a place where partners can meet each other in person."
Rector Magnificus Tim van der Hagen adds: "AI, data and digitisation are increasingly essential for solving the major scientific and social issues of our time. At TU Delft alone, almost 1500 scientists are working on AI. The TU Delft Campus innovation ecosystem also has a strong focus on AI and digitisation. It includes several field labs such as RoboHouse, SAM
XL and Do IoT. In order to realise the great potential of AI, cooperation between all these parties is crucial, and TU Delft is taking the lead with Mondai."