Luc Steels: Students

Graduated PhD students

(Ordered from 1986 onwards:)
  • Viviane Jonckers (1986). A framework for modelling programming knowledge. 
    Currently: Professor of computer science VUB, Belgium. Head of Research group in system and software engineering SSEL. Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences.
  • Pattie Maes (1987). Computational Reflection.
    Past: National Science Foundation Fellow, Belgium, Professor of media, arts and sciences, MIT, USA. Head of a group on Fluid Interfaces in the MIT Media Lab.
  • Walter Daelemans (1987) An object-oriented model of Dutch morphophonology. (Linguistics Ph.D. at KUL.) 
    Past: Founding director of Induction of Linguistic Knowledge research group at University of Tilburg. Current: Professor of computational linguistics at University of Antwerpen and research director at the Centrum voor Nederlandse Taal en Spraak.
  • Walter Van de Velde. (1988) Learning from Experience. Past: researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, USA, National Science Foundation Fellow, Belgium, director of research STAR Lab (Belgium).
  • Kris Van Marcke. (1988) The Knowledge Representation System KRS and its implementation. Past: researcher Dida*El (Milan), director of Knowledge Technologies, n.v. Brussels.
  • Bernard Manderick. (1992) A selectionist classification model. Past: researcher at ElectroTechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba, Japan. Current: professor of computer science VUB, Belgium. Head of research group at VUB on adaptive systems (COMO )
  • Jo De Cuypere. (1992) An analogical representation of fluids. Past: Advisor ministery of science, Belgium (Flemisch Government). Current: Van Overstraeten Foundation , a non-profit organisation promoting micro-electronics to young researchers.
  • Johan Van Welkenhuyse (1993) Participative Conceptual System Design of Industrial Knowledge Systems. Past: researcher Osaka University, Japan. Researcher at INRIA, Sophia Antipolis. Researcher Knowledge Technologies, n.v. Brussels. Current: Mediagenix, N.V. Brussels.
  • Tony Bell (1993) A self-organisation principle for the dynamics of neurons. Current: researcher at Salk Institute , San Diego, USA.
  • Piet Spiessens (1993) A parallel fine-grained genetic algorithm. Past: Researcher at Belgacom, Brussels. Current: Project leader at Telenet, n.v.
  • Didier Keymeulen (1994) Past: Researchers at Electrotechnical Laboratory, Tsukuba. Current: Researcher at Jet Propulsion Labs, Pasadena, Ca, USA. Center for Integrated Space Microsystems . Head of a group on evolvable hardware.
  • Josefina Sierra (1996) Formal knowledge level models for software agents. Past: Researcher at Stanford, USA (with John McCarthy). Current: Professor of Computer Science at the Autonoma University Madrid, Spain.
  • Aurelien Slodzian (co-graduated at University of Paris, Jussieu) (1998) A Componential Methodology for Modeling Multi-Agent Cooperation. Current: Independent consultant in knowledge engineering.
  • Bart de Boer. (1999) The self-organisation of vowels. Past: Researcher at the Center for mind, brain and learning. , Seattle, USA, Professor in Cognitive Robotics at University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Current: professor in Evolutionary Linguistics at University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
  • Edwin de Jong (1999) Autonomous Formation of Concepts and Communication. Current: Post-doctoral Researcher at the Dynamical and Evolutionary Machine Organization group Brandeis University, USA.
  • Frederic Kaplan (2000) (graduated at University of Paris, Jussieu; official promotor Alexis Drogoul). Current: Researcher at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, France.
  • Paul Vogt (2000) Lexicon Grounding on Mobile Robots. Current: Institute of Knowledge and Agent Technology Maastricht, the Netherlands.
  • Sabine Geldof (2000) (Linguistics Ph.D. University of Antwerp. Official promotor: Walter Daelemans) Context-sensitivity in advisory text generation. Past: Research Fellow Department of Computing. Macquarie University of Sydney, Australia. Current: Consultant at Namahn, Brussels.
  • Holger Kenn (2001) CubeOS. A component-based operating system for autonomous systems. Current: Researcher at the University of Bremen, Germany.
  • Tony Belpaeme (2002) Factors influencing the origins of colour categories. Past: FWO postdoctoral researcher at VUB AI-lab. Current: Lecturer at Plymouth University, UK.
  • Joris Van Looveren (2005) Design and Performance of Pre-Grammatical Language Games.
  • Bart Jansen (2005) Robot imitation: The emergence of shared behaviour in a population of agents. Current: Postdoctoral researcher at ETRO (VUB).
  • Bart De Vylder (2008) The evolution of conventions in multi-agent systems
  • Joachim De Beule (2008) The Emergence of Compositionality, Hierarchy and Recursion in Language. Current: Postdoctoral researcher at VUB AI Lab.
  • Remi van Trijp (2008) Analogy and Multi-Level Selection in the Formation of a Case Grammar (Ph.D. University of Antwerp. Official promotor: Walter Daelemans). Current: Postdoctoral researcher at Sony CSL Paris.
  • Joris Bleys (2010) Language Strategies for the Domain of Colour. Current: Software Architect at Technicolor.
  • Michael Spranger (2011) The Evolution of Grounded Spatial Language. Current: Postdoctoral researcher at Sony CSL Tokyo.
  • Pieter Wellens (2012) Adaptive Strategies in the Emergence of Lexical Systems. Current: Co-founder and CTO of APIC, Antwerp.
  • Matthias Stevens (2012) Community Memories for Sustainable Societies. Current: Research associate at University College London.
  • Katrien Beuls (2013). Towards an agent-based tutoring system for Spanish verb conjugation. Current: Postdoctoral researcher at VUB AI Lab and university lecturer.

Current PhD Students

  • Emilia Garcia Casademont (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona)
  • Yana Knight (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
  • Paul van Eecke (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Sony CSL)