Andre Baart wins High Potential Award in Amsterdam Innovation Contest with Kasadaka
Congratulations to Andre Baart (UvA-VU) for being awarded 5000Euro for the High Potential Award at the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Impact Awards for the Voice SDK for the ICT4D voice platform Kasadaka.
The Kasadaka “talking box” is a platform to develop voice-based technologies for those who are not connected to the Internet, cannot read or write and speak under-resourced languages. Kasadaka has been extensively tested during the elective ICT4D course at VU, by 46 master students to build applications for farmers in rural Africa. Kasadaka is now being used in a new joint ICT4D course for students of VU and UNIMAS in Sarawak Malaysia, which started this month.
The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) and Data Science Center (DSC) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) are joining forces in a new joint fellowship for (teams of) researchers interested in exploring the intersection of data science and other disciplines. The first fellow of the new program, Dr. Davide Ceolin, will start his fellowship at the IAS on June 17. Ceolin is currently affiliated with CWI.
Nanda Piersma, lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), has been appointed as a crown member of the Social and Economic Counsil (SER). This is the first time that a lecturer has been appointed as member of the SER. Nanda Piersma was approached because of her expertise in the field of digitisation.
The ADS Thesis Awards aim to promote excellence in Data Science and AI from students at BSc and Master level. The Awards are open to students from all Amsterdam-based knowledge institutes.