Artificial Intelligence and R&D Productivity


  Artificial Intelligence and R&D Productivity



18 June 2019, hosted by AD Little, Amsterdam, The Netherlands



Programme available here

AI (artificial intelligence) is already changing the world. Futuristic breakthroughs, are already occurring today! These include games, driverless cars, robot bankers, medical and surgical robots, sight and sound recognition, cyber security and improved decision making systems.

Many public and private institutions are rapidly adopting artificial intelligence for a multitude of applications to accelerate and improve their processes. Most of the industries are also dipping their toes into AI somewhere along the R&D value chain, whether in real world outcomes, or to better understand their customers.

AI has the capacity to vastly increase the output of research and development teams, and its introduction into the R&D process is inevitable. Through thoughtful introduction, modern companies can harness the new technologies to supercharge their innovation processes and fully leverage all the benefits that AI has to offer. Its capabilities are advancing and it offers the ability to analyse enormous sets of data, identify patterns, and generate algorithms to explain them, to the benefit of researchers.

But the challenges are also cultural and social, not just technological. RD team must be open to the value that machine learning and data crunching can bring to their endeavour, and to asking new kinds of questions that may have previously been intractable.
This workshop aims to present practitioners experience with AI and its impact on their RD team productivity.

In the big picture of digitalisation, there is another fascinating topic: Artificial Intelligence. Nobody doubts that it will revolutionize our society in general and R&D management in particular.


Issues addressed

  • What is the current state of the art for AI? 

  • Automation, sensor use, data use: what’s their effect on R&D management?

  • What do Automated Lab and Internet of Things mean for Innovation?

  • What type of technologies can we use to collect, manage and make data valuable? 

  • What are the limits of data analytics and AI?

  • What is the impact of Artificial Intelligence on R&D management?

  • How can R&D use AI to improve itself?

  • What AI responsible boundaries should we consider?

Target Audience

Research strategy leaders, R&D managers, Business Development, Innovation Managers, people responsible for creating new business in their company, R&D programme leaders.


Michaël Kolk, Partner, Arthur D. Little



On-line Registration Form

If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 12 June 2019.

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A block booking of rooms for the night of 17 June 2019 has been made at the price of €144 for a single room, breakfast . €14.50 pp.
To book your room please sent an email to Carine Ternest ( with reference "room booking ADL June 2019".
To enjoy the EIRMA Group Rate please make your room reservation before 17 May 2019.

Event's fee: 350.00€

                    423,50€ (VAT included) for Belgian members 

The meeting registration fee covers the administrative costs, dinner and lunch

We prefer payment by bank transfer but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice or receipt as appropriate.

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Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel.

We will refund 50% of the registration fee for cancellations received 1 week before the meeting.
Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Information concerning the invoicing, specific food requirements....


  • Mr Thomas Abbate (Carmeuse Coordination Center SA)
  • Mr Mauro Barbieri (Philips)
  • Mr Wim Becker (Philip Morris Products SA)
  • Dr Johannes Benkhoff (Clariant)
  • Mr Christian Binder (Outotec)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Peter De Jaeger (NV Bekaert SA)
  • Mr Marc de Pater (Arthur D Little)
  • Mr Filip Eckstein (ComAp a.s.)
  • Mr Michael Eiden (Arthur D Little)
  • Mr Martijn Eikelenboom (Arthur D Little)
  • Mr Chandler Hatton (Arthur D Little)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Milan Kalinka (ComAp a.s.)
  • Mr Guillaume Kerboul (Dassault Systèmes)
  • Dr Michaël Kolk (Arthur D Little)
  • Ms Sarah Potts (Shell)
  • Mr Paul Poupet (
  • Dr Steffen Preissler (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Mr Luis Robles (Total)
  • Dr Alejandro Sanz (Independent)
  • Mr Ruud Schoemaker (FrieslandCampina)
  • Ms Telli Van Der Lei (DSM)
  • Ms Wendy van Herpen (Unilever)
  • Mr Frederik van Oene (Arthur D Little)
  • Ms Veerle van Wassenhove (NV Bekaert SA)


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