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Using AI to combat hunger and the effects of poverty

Published: 26th May 2023 Last updated: 26th May 2023

For a new podcast in the TAISIG Talks series, Professor of Computer Science Pieter Spronck interviewed Marleen Balvert and Wouter De Baene about their involvement in the Zero Hunger Lab and the Zero Poverty Lab. They discussed the goals of the two labs and the technologies and data that make it possible to work towards these goals.

The Zero Hunger Lab and the Zero Poverty Lab are located at Tilburg University and are both inspired by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The Zero Poverty Lab is still in its development phase. 

Marleen Balvert is assistant professor of Operations Research and Machine Learning and Wouter De Baene is associate professor at the Department of Cognitive Neuropsychology. Besides discussing with Pieter Spronck the goals of the Zero Hunger Lab and Zero Poverty Lab and the technologies and data that make it possible to work towards these goals, they also go into the opportunities and complexities associated with these technologies and data. 

Attention is paid to the importance of an interdisciplinary approach and the involvement of non-academic partners to implement the tools developed by the labs. It concludes with a plea to ensure that all people can benefit from developments in the field of AI, in particular the most vulnerable people. 

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TAISIG is the Tilburg University Artificial Intelligence Special Interest Group: a research community committed to AI.  

TAISIG Talks offers an engaging and informative look at the AI initiatives taking place within Tilburg University. The podcast acts as a platform to disseminate the latest developments in AI research and applications, with experts and professionals sharing their knowledge and experience with a wider audience.