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TNO has concentrated its AI efforts into an integrated program called Appl.AI. TNO’s ambition is to build on an already strong position and accelerate AI innovation through focus on integrational aspects of AI for complex task where safety and strict governance are at stake. Within Appl.AI a research-oriented focus on generic technology and methodology development is combined with demonstration and development within use cases of our customers.

To be able to apply AI in a responsible, explainable, and controllable way, a multidisciplinary approach is needed. In addition to domain expertise, also expertise from the fields of systems engineering, human factors, law, ethics, and behavioral science is key to this approach. Our research focuses on overcoming the significant shortcomings of current AI with respect to general purpose tasks, safe operations in an unpredictable world, interaction with humans and adherence to laws, regulations and ethics.

TNO has experts on generic AI topics such as advanced machine learning algorithms and symbolic reasoning and TNO has knowledge on expert-driven models in specific domains such as defense, mobility, health. It is our ambition to extend our position on the system integration and architecture level for AI applications.