Children born today will most likely celebrate the year 2115. The impact on careers and education cannot be underestimated, especially given the ever-increasing speed of technological and associated social changes. The role of a certain knowledge (eg. technological) will become less important due to the presence of intelligent supporting technologies, make soft skills more important. Moreover, this knowledge will become outdated faster and lifelong learning will become a necessity.
Within the context, the Artificial Intelligence Lab Brussels offers a lifelong learning programme:
With the ever faster evolution of technologies and shift of work from human to (intelligent) computers, so-called soft-skills become ever more important. The characteristics that make us really human, like emotional intelligence, empathy, and understanding context, become of primary importance.
This is even more the case in AI. Artificial Intelligence is an intrinsically interdisciplinary research field, requiring students and researchers to be open-minded, but also critical of the results of algorithms.
During its history of more than three decades, the VUB AI Lab has been following two main routes towards the understanding of intelligence: both the symbolic route (classical AI) as the dynamics or subsymbolic route (complex systems science). This is also reflected in the courses we provide.
As we are especially recognized for our research expertise in reinforcement learning, multi-agent systems and natural language understanding (including the evolution of language and speech), we provide specialized courses in these topics.
Finally, special attention is given to soft skills like creative thinking, empathy and teamwork. During so-called “AI challenges”, students hone their soft skills while building mobile AI apps in teams. They have to validate and finetune their designs through close interaction with the real end-users.