Opening Academic Year

AI & us: imagining the future
Monday 5 Sep 2022, 15:00 - 16:30
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Rafik Anadol

Shopping, driving, dating and even working: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing our daily lives. What will our future with AI look like? How can we influence it in a positive way? On Monday 5th of September, we will take a look ahead during the Opening of the Academic Year 2022-2023 with the theme:
'AI & us: imagining the future'

The event will take place live in the Aula on campus Woudestein and will start with the cortège from 14.45 hrs. The ceremony will begin at 15.00 hrs and run until 16.30 hrs. Drinks will be served after the ceremony.

Registering for Opening Academic Year

Registration via the online registration form is required for access to the programme in the Aula and the reception. The official language is English. Questions about (registration for) the Opening Academic Year? Please send an email to

(Re-)watching the Opening of the Academic Year online

The event can also be followed via a livestream. After the Opening of the Academic Year, the recordings can also be viewed there. All of that can be found here.


Some people eagerly look forward to a future with much more AI, while others fear its dangers. It is therefore essential to find a way to exploit the full potential of AI while minimising the risks. But how do we achieve such a future? These top speakers will take you through their vision:

  • Refik Anadol

    Refik Anadol is a world-leading artist and designer who creates dreamlike environments using data-driven machine learning. He breaks down the barriers between the physical and digital worlds. His work includes the famous 'Machine Hallucination', an immersive audiovisual installation. The project processed datasets of publicly available images of New York City, including more than 300 million photos, and 113 million other raw data points.

  • Ed Brinksma

    Ed Brinksma, the President of the Executive Board of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is a steering committee member of 'Convergence Alliance'. This is a collaboration between our university, Erasmus MC and TU Delft where we work together on solving the major problems of our time. As professor of computer science, Brinksma has a great affinity with the subject of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and as a result, can provide his perspective on how to use AI to solve major social challenges of our time.

  • Tomas Moska

    Tomas Moska is an EUR alumnus, founder of the Turing Society at our university and of the international Turing College. The Turing College is a data science and AI edtech career school that enables students to learn at their own pace on a peer-driven remote learning platform.

  • Meau

    Singer-songwriter MEAU will perform live during the ceremony. Her single 'Dat Heb Jij Gedaan' (You Did That) became the number hit in the Netherlands. Moreover, she won the Edison 2022 award for best newcomer.

  • Elfie Tromp

    The Rotterdam writer and performer Elfie Tromp will host the ceremony. Her new novel Pieta was published in 2021, a compelling mosaic story about a city under pressure.

Photography & video

Photographs and video recordings will be made during the Opening of the Academic Year. It is possible that you are recognisable in the picture. As a visitor, you give permission for the storage and use of these images for commercial purposes.

More information

For more information, visit the Opening Academic Year page.

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