Luc Steels studied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His main research field is Artificial Intelligence covering a wide range of intelligent abilities, including vision, robotic behavior, conceptual representations and language. In 1983 he became a professor of computer science at the University of Brussels (VUB). He has been co-founder and chairman (from 1990 until 1995) of the VUB Computer Science Department (Faculty of Sciences).
He founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris in 1996 and became its first director. Currently he is ICREA research professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIC,UPF). Steels has participated in dozens of large-scale European projects and more than 30 PhD theses have been granted under his direction. He has produced over 200 articles and edited 15 books directly related to his research. During the past decade he has focused on theories for the origins and evolution of language using computer simulations and robotic experiments to discover and test them.
Agent-Based Models of Strategies for the Emergence and Evolution of Grammatical Agreement. PLoS ONE, 8(3), e58960. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0058960. (2013).
Fluid Construction Grammar for Historical and Evolutionary Linguistics. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. presented at the 08/2013, Sofia, Bulgary.. (2013).
Modeling the cultural evolution of language. Physics of Life Reviews, 8, 339 - 356. doi:10.1016/j.plrev.2011.10.014. (2011).
What triggers the emergence of grammar?. In AISB'05: Proceedings of the Second International Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of Linguistic Communication (EELC'05) (pp. 143–150). Hatfield: University of Hertfordshire.. (2005).
Social Language learning. In , The Future of Learning (pp. 133-162). Amsterdam: IOS Press.. (2003).
The Emergence of Grammar in Communicating Autonomous Robotic Agents. In , ECAI 2000: Proceedings of the 14th European Conference on Artificial Life (pp. 764–769). presented at the August, Amsterdam: IOS Publishing.. (2000).
Language as a Complex Adaptive System. In , Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Parallel Problem Solving from Nature (Vol. 1917, pp. 17-26). presented at the September, Berlin: Springer-Verlag.. (2000).
The Origins of Intelligence. In The Future of Science Has Begun: Approaches to Artificial Life and Artificial Intelligence. Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (pp. 75–88).. (1996).
The artificial life roots of artificial intelligence. Artificial Life Journal, 1(1).. (1994).
- Fully revised and extended edition of The Talking Heads (17 Jun 2015)
- The future of embodied AI (12 Nov 2014)
- Les sources de la parole. Radio France International (13 Sep 2013)
- Luc Steels in the next episode of "Through the Wormhole": Are robots the future of Human Evolution? (11 Jul 2013)
- Minerva-Gentner Symposium on EMERGENT LANGUAGES AND CULTURAL EVOLUTION. Max Planck Institute Nijmegen June 20-22 2013 (11 Jul 2013)