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The new AI4Science lab starts off this month, by appointing Patrick Forré as its lab manager and as an assistant professor. The AI4Science lab is a joint initiative of the institutes for astronomy (API), biology (IBED), chemistry (HIMS), informatics (IvI), life sciences (SILS) and physics (IoP) of the University of Amsterdam. The lab’s aim is to solve scientific data problems with modern machine learning approaches.

Robot thinking with mathematic formulas in the background
Image: Flickr/Mike MacKenzie

The initial focus will be on five projects from completely different fields: understanding radio phenomena, chemical structures, bird migration, gravitational waves and gene regulation networks. But even though these projects cover a wide range of scientific fields, the underlying research question the AI4Science lab aims to answer is basically always the same: How can we detect, classify, and predict relevant patterns in scientific data if they are hidden within large amounts of non-relevant data? AI4Science is embedded within the Amsterdam Machine Learning lab (AMLab).

One of Patrick Forré’s first tasks will be to hire five PhD candidates who each will focus on one of the five initial  research projects within the AI4Science lab. If you want to apply, you can find more information about these positions on the vacancy page of the UvA.