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.

No more places left in the aula

Unfortunately, there are no places left to attend the ceremony in the aula. You can still watch the ceremony via the live stream. Should any seats become available, it will be communicated on this page. 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 is 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 one 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.

  • Tessa Boumans

    As PhD candidate at the Erasmus initiative ‘AiPact’, Tessa researches the societal impact of Artificial Intelligence, particularly related to work. By looking closer at the fashion industry, she questions how AI is changing production processes in global value chains and consequentially how this will impact decent work. In her efforts, she aims to demystify the elusive reputation that is regularly attributed to AI, and in turn tries to understand how advanced technologies can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goal of decent work for all.

  • Francisca Grommé

    Francisca Grommé is part of the Organisational Dynamics in the Digital Society programme as an assistant professor. She works from a background in science and technology studies (STS), political science and digital sociology. Her research focuses on digitalisation in relation to organisational knowledge practices: how digitalisation changes the way data are collected, analysed and verified by the state and in the digital economy. Prior to working at Erasmus University she worked at TNO, Goldsmiths, University of London, and the University of Amsterdam.

  • Farshida Zafar

    Farshida is the director of ErasmusX at Erasmus University Rotterdam, director Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and senior fellow at the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence in Digital Governance. She has a track record in the field of educational innovation. In the past years she co-designed, developed and implemented both educational programs as well as new applications and platforms for educational purposes. Currently leading the ErasmusX initiative at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Farshida's ambition is to ‘future proof’ education.

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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