Luc Steels studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at MIT after a doctorate in computational linguistics from the University of Antwerp (UIA). He was a researcher at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT working on message passing systems with Hewitt and Minsky. After his MIT studies he joined the Schlumberger research labs in the US where he became program leader for geological expert systems. Currently Steels is professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the Free University of Brussels (VUB) and director of the AI-Lab which he founded in 1983. He is the President of the Belgian Association for Artificial Intelligence and active in various international organizations. He was Program Chairman of the largest European AI conference ECAI in 1986 and of the AISB conference in 1991. Steels is cofounder of Knowledge Technologies, a company specialised in intelligent systems technology, and Science Interface, a company which produces multi-media products for scientific education. He has been a consultant to a large number of IT companies in Europe, including Philips, Siemens and IBM. He has been visiting professor at the universities of Vienna, Beijing, Milan, Sophia-Antipolis (Theseus), and Hamburg, and lectures regularly for industrial audiences throughout Europe.
Steels is a member of the scientific board of Electrum (Stockholm) and past scientific board member of the German National AI institute DFKI (Germany). He has been heavily involved in the ESPRIT program as consultant on workplan formulation, reviewer and proposal evaluator. He has also been a consultant to MITI in Japan on the future of information technology.
Main Research Interests:
- artificial intelligence, including natural language, vision, robot behavior, learning, cognitive architecture, and knowledge representation
- dialogs for humanoid robots and fundamental research into the origins of language and meaning
- development of the foundations of semiotic dynamics and on fluid construction grammars