Participation and Collaboration

Within the research institute, we are actively involved in several national and international programs. Furthermore, we have a broad network of contacts with other research groups and companies. Below is a selection of partners and relationships.


University Focus Areas

The Utrecht University has organised it's research in eleven focus areas ranging in diversity as wide as the university itself. The institute's research is involved in several of these focus areas.

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Strategic Themes

Utrecht University focuses its research on four strategic themes:
Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.

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Utrecht Platform for Game Education and Research

Games can be looked at from many different angles. Do you want to take a technical, a creative, or a scientific approach? - Upgear gives you insight into the different game related studies available in Utrecht, to help you choose the education that matches you best.

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AI Labs

At the AI Labs, Utrecht University collaborates with public and private organisations as well as other knowledge institutions on societal issues pertaining to AI and data science.

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Utrecht Valorization Center

Cooperations between academics, organizations, and companies creates (additional) value. UtrechtVC brings the different parties together, thus providing the opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise. Together they bring novel ideas and applications to life, resulting in great economic and/or social value. 

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UtrechtInc helps turn (academic) knowledge into innovations, and innovative ideas into a grawing business. With feedback from a community of peers, experts, and new talet you will receive the fitting support, facilities and funding to become a successful company.

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National (Dutch)

Dutch Game Development and Research Club

DGDARC stimulates the creation of games by students, and helps familiarise students with the game development industry. They also bring people together to work on a game in a team, and give you advice, or if they can not, find someone who can.

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PhD Research School: Advanced School for Computing and Imaging

ASCI is a PhD research school dedicated to computer- and imaging-systems. Participants work on methods and techniques for the design and implementation of advanced computer systems, and on developing better techniques to visualize or interpret/analyze (image) data.

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PhD Research School: Institute for Programming Research and Algorithmics

The Institute for Programming research and Algorithmics is a national inter-university research school. Its principal goal is to educate researchers in the field of programming research and algorithmics. Within this field work is done on the study and development of formalisms, methods, and techniques to design, analyse, and construct software systems and components.

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School for Information- and Knowledge Systems

SIKS organizes training, performs high-level research, and stimulates co-operation and communication among researchers. Their focus-areas are Agent Technology, Computational Intelligence, Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, Web-based information systems, Enterprise Information Systems,  Human computer interaction , and Datamanagement, storage and retrieval.

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PhD Research School for Biomedical Image Sciences

The Graduate Programme Medical Imaging combines expertise from different disciplines so as to offer a balanced educational programme and to perform high-level fundamental and applied research in the area of medical imaging. Both natural and clinical sciences are represented in ImagO.

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European Institute of Innovation & Technology: EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a European open innovation organisation. They foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. Furthermore, they bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.

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Serious Games Society

The Serious Games Society (SGS) is a think tank where the future of games for learning can be discussed and put in practice. It is designed to bring together the cutting edge companies, institutions and individual researchers. They focus on helping members in connecting and benefiting from the wide range of resources available in the Serious Games space.

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League of European Research Universities

LERU is an advocate for the promotion of basic research at European universities. It aims at furthering the understanding and knowledge of politicians, policy makers and opinion leaders about the role and activities of research-intensive universities.

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Association of Computer Science Departments in Europe

Informatics Europe is the association of computer science departments and research laboratories in Europe and neighbouring areas. It fosters the development of research and education in information and computer science

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