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Steel manufacturer Tata Steel officially opened a new office at Amsterdam Science Park on Friday, 29 January.

Image: Tata Steel

Besides continuing its existing collaboration with Scyfer, a UvA spin-off located at Science Park, Tata Steel will also cooperate with other innovative, high-tech start-ups located on campus to develop and implement new techniques using digital innovations like artificial intelligence. The goal is to produce ever higher quality steel.

The partnership between Tata Steel and Scyfer is aimed at improving inspection techniques for the surface quality of steel. Scyfer was created by Max Welling, professor of Machine Learning at the UvA. The company is specialised in the development of machine learning - and deep learning technology and its application in industry, media and healthcare.

Innovation through interaction

Professor Karen Maex, dean of the UvA’s Faculty of Science, is excited about Tata Steel’s arrival on campus. ‘The interaction with business and industry is of great importance for scientific research and valorisation, but also because of the innovation it spurs. The partnership between Tata Steel and our spin-off Scyfer is a perfect example of this. Moreover, the companies who open offices at Amsterdam Science Park offer our students the chance to gain practical experience through, among other things, work placements.