Belgium’s King Phillipe visits FARI - AI for the Common Good Institute

Brussels, Belgium - On Monday October 3 2022, His Majesty King Phillipe visited - Brussels-based FARI - AI for the Common Good Institute during the 5th year anniversary celebration of the BeCentral Digital Campus. The King was welcomed by FARI directors Hans de Canck, Carl Mörch, as well as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data, and Robotics researchers of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

"FARI’s presence in BeCentral, in the centre of Brussels city, is important to the translation of VUB and ULB’s research into services to the region. Bringing academic research closer to the tech ecosystem, the civic society, and the public administration of Brussels paves way for stronger partnerships towards a shared goal: the Common Good," explained Hans de Canck to His Majesty.

In addition, Carl Mörch explained that "FARI wants to actively bridge a gap between Technologies and Society by creating collaborations between experts, the region, its administrations, companies and most importantly its citizens. Its ambition is to be a place where any Brusseler and organization can come learn, develop and experiment ideas that could contribute to a more sustainable region."

To demonstrate this, some of the FARI Professors Ann Nowé, Hugues Bersini, Tom Lenaerts and Bram Vanderborght presented AI and Robotics projects on Health and Well-being, Climate and Energy, Future of work, and Fairness. This selection of projects illustrates how these technologies could contribute to Society, but also how it poses complex ethical and legal challenges. They also explained to the King how the FARI Institute allows researchers to interact better with citizens, public administrations and industry. It will contribute to more excellent research on AI, Data and Robotics and at the same time create digital innovation that is more ethical and sustainable for society.

FARI’s team also shared the importance of creating an international network of Cities that embrace Public and Urban AI solutions. Lessons learnt about AI in other regions of the world could be invaluable to organizations in Brussels.

FARI is a joint initiative of the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. It is funded by the Recovery and Resilience Fund "Next Generation" of the European Union, and is supported by Innoviris and Brussels Regional Informatics Centre (BRIC). FARI is set to expand its new offices, including its innovative Test and Experience Center, Services Hub, and Research Infrastructures, in December 2022.

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FARI is an independent, not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence initiative led by two universities in Brussels: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This initiative will aim at helping citizens, politicians and companies as well as not-for-profit organizations to address local, every day or long-term challenges in the Brussels-Capital Region, FARI is an independent, not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence initiative led by two universities in Brussels: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This initiative will aim at helping citizens, politicians and companies as well as not-for-profit organizations to address local, every day or long-term challenges in the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium and Europe. It brings world-leading and future researchers to the service of the city. It reinforces a virtuous circle: the city encounters problems that FARI can help address with projects that in their turn could lead to major scientific advances, especially in the field of AI (Explainable and Trustworthy), Data (Open) and Robotics (human-centric).

Hans de Canck, co-director, FARI (VUB): [email protected]

Carl Mörch, co-director, FARI (ULB): [email protected]

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The World Needs You

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel assumes its scientific and social responsibility with love and decisiveness. That’s why VUB launched the platform De Wereld Heeft Je Nodig - The World Needs You, which brings together ideas, actions and projects based on six Ps. The first P stands for People , because that’s what it-s all about: giving people equal opportunities, prosperity, welfare, respect. Peace is about fighting injustice, big and small, in the world. Prosperity combats poverty and inequality. Planet stands for actions on biodiversity, climate, air quality, animal rights... With Partnership , VUB is looking for joint actions to make the world a better place. The sixth and last P is for Poincaré , the French philosopher Henri Poincaré, from whom VUB derives its motto that thinking should submit to nothing except the facts themselves. VUB is an -urban engaged university-, strongly anchored in Brussels and Europe and working according to the principles of free research.

www.vub.be/dewereldheeftjenodig


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