Artificial Intelligence for a broader public

Artificial Intelligence for a broader public

The Artificial Intelligence Lab of the VUB strengthens its focus on lifelong learning with its “AI Lifelong Learning Program”

Due to the ever faster technological evolutions and the growing impact of artificial intelligence on many jobs, lifelong learning is essential for young and old. Although there is already a lot of introductory teaching material available online, there remains a serious shortage of more in-depth and high-quality training. The VUB AI Lab has therefore developed its “Lifelong Learning Programme on Artificial Intelligence”, within which it now offers series of lessons on artificial intelligence for people with and without prior knowledge.

The programme is aimed at two target audiences: non-technical audiences such as policy makers, journalists, CEOs and investors and technicians such as data scientists, architects, developers. Sessions are offered online, offline or in a blended setting: “For example, we a offer innovative formulas such as a research-in-residence programme for AI engineers and data scientists to work side-by-side with a researcher from our lab; but we also have educational games and organise team building activities on AI programming on request, ”says training coordinator, Anne Snel.

The new programme is an addition to the existing one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence (in collaboration with the Erasmushogeschool) and the bachelor's and master's programmes at the VUB (Computer Science and Applied Informatics, which can also be followed in evening classes, and Mathematics & Data Science).

The AI ​​Lifelong Learning programme came about thanks to the strategic vision and internal funding of the VUB. The offer will also be further developed in the coming period with other VUB experts and will also be part of the Flemish AI Academy. This is a brand new initiative of the Flemish government with which it wants to develop a large-scale range of lessons on artificial intelligence from higher education.

“As a research lab affiliated with a university and part of the 'AI for the common good' initiative, it is also our job to share the knowledge we gather with the general public. Artificial intelligence will only gain in importance, and in fact only a small part of the population is sufficiently prepared for this. The same goes for companies and organisations: AI is often still a great mystery, so they don't know how much it can help them forward. With this programme we want to offer both accessible insights and pass on the latest technical gadgets, ”explains Prof. Johan Loeckx, head of the AI ​​Lab and coordinator of the new programme.

More info about the Lifelong Learning Programme on Artificial Intelligence: https://ai.vub.ac.be/lifelong-learning-program

Contact:

Coordinator Prof dr ir Johan Loeckx - VUB AI Lab

johan.loeckx@vub.be

0486 379 871

Training coordinator Anne Snel

Anne.snel@vub.be

0468 15 91 33

 

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The Artificial Intelligence Lab of  the Vrije Universiteit Brussel was founded in 1983 by Prof. Luc Steels and is headed by Prof. Dr. Ann Nowé. The research in the Lab is mainly organised around 2 major lines of research: the evolution of language and communication systems and multi-agent reinforcement learning, data mining and computational biology. These techniques are applied in a wide variety of domains, including telecom, health, mobility, media and energy. In addition, the Lab is also investigating other AI techniques such as Computational Creativity and Knowledge Representation. https://ai.vub.ac.be

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The AI ​​Experience Center is a joint project of four large VUB research groups: the Artificial Intelligence Lab, Brubotics, SMIT and ETRO, and is located on the VUB campus in Etterbeek. It is a high-tech testing, demonstration and meeting environment where companies, technology entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and the general public can experiment and collaborate with AI to develop and produce technological solutions. The goal is to build an internationally renowned innovation center for artificial intelligence, data and robotics. The AI ​​Experience Center is a first step in achieving this goal. https://experience-centre.ai/

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