Current Trends in Artificial Intelligence

Spring 2020
Hugues Bersini, Johan Loeckx, Luc Steels (em.)
Course description

In Current Trends, the state-of-the-art AI technologies are introduced. Guest lecturers come to talk about their latest research.

In the AI challenges you will apply techniques in team to create an AI powered app! AI challenges will aims to hone students soft skills like teamwork, empathy, communication and critical thinking while building mobile AI apps in teams.  Some examples from previous year:

  • thorndike: reinforcement learning explained
  • the on-the-road assistant for homecare nurses
  • lolo: language learning 2.0
  • iowa: cultural event recommender app
TimePlaceRoomDate Range
13:30 – 15:30ULB (Solbosch) IRIDIA classroom Fridays, 2nd semester
  1. 14/2  Hugues Bersini (ULB)–TBD
  2. 21/2  Hugues Bersini (ULB)–TBD
  3. 28/2
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  5. 13/3 Bart Bogaerts
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  6. 27/3 Benoit Decorte–TBD
  7. 3/4 Gianluca Bontempi (ULB)–TBD
  8. 24/4 Johan Loeckx
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Introduction to AI

Machine learning


The student is able to participatie actively in a scientific debate.

The student is aware of current trends in Artificial Intelligence en has the competence to judge different approaches and technologies.

The student can enumerate strengths and weaknesses of different AI technologies and under what circumstances they can be applied.

The student will also learn about open research questions to stimulate their own explorations in the field.


Attendance in the lectures is obliged (Friday afternoon). Each absence needs to be e-mailed beforehand.

60% of the grades come from the Start up labs programming assignment.

The other 40% come from an oral exam about the lectures.