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Luc Steels (VUB)

Luc Steels, professor of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He graduated in linguistics at the University of Antwerp and in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, working in the MIT AI Laboratory. After that he worked in the domain of geophysical measurement interpretation as a project leader for geological expert systems at Schlumberger. In 1983 he founded the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, which he still directs this day.

The Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) will be the primary group involved in this project. It has a research tradition in investigating cognitive science issues using artificial intelligence, artificial life and computational modelling techniques. More than 20 ph.d's have graduated from the laboratory and many quite large projects have been executed in the past for the European Commision starting from the first framework program in 1982 until recently.

Since five years the major research topics have centred on the origins and evolution of language, comprising themes such as the categorization of perception, meaning creation, communication, grammaticalisation and imitation. Currently several projects are going on financed by the Fund for Scientific Research of Flanders (FWO) and the Industrial Fund of Flanders (IWT). He was cofounder and chairman (from 1990 until 1995) of the VUB Computer Science Department (Faculty of Sciences). And also directs the Sony Computer Science Laboratories in Paris.

His scientific research interests cover the whole field of artificial intelligence, including natural language, vision, robot behavior, learning, cognitive architecture, and knowledge representation. His publications are in top AI/cogscie journals such as Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Trends in Cognitive Science, AI journal, etc. He also edited a dozen books. At the moment his research focus in on fundamental research into the origins of language and meaning.

Steels has played a significant role in the field of artificial life and organised several workshops on genome/language analogies.

Key publications

Steels L. The Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Structure: From Lexical to Grammatical Communication Systems. Connection Science 2005; 17:213-30.
Steels L. Evolving grounded communication for robots. Trends Cogn Sci 2003; 7:308-12.

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