Joachim De Beule

Joachim De Beule is a former member of the lab who is no longer affiliated with the VUB AI Lab.
Postal address:

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Artificial Intelligence Lab
Pleinlaan 2
1050 Brussel

Room: 10G725
Phone: +32 498 673135

My main interests of research are, in arbitrary order, artificial intelligence, evolution, language, semiotic dynamics, signalling games, cybernetics and biosemiotics. The common denominator between all these fields is semantics, so one could say I am after the meaning of meaning. A very short and gentle introduction to some of the issues involved is an editorial I wrote for the Biosemiotics journal. My view on the relation between cultural and genetic evolution is that a full understanding of evolution requires to take into account the interplay between two evolutionary mechanisms, namely differential reproduction and conventionalization. This view is illustrated in a recent paper on the tragedy of the commune in the Hawk-Dove game. My view on language is that it is the emergent result of a second order conventionalization process among interacting language users.  Through languaging, we can achieve joint control and the coordination of our goals, thereby effectively becoming more as a single organism. A paper that explains this in more detail is in the making. 

Currently I am participating in the Stias project a critical assessment of new developments in complexity theory. Together with Marcello Barbieri and Jannie Hofmeyr I am preparing the launch of the "Code Biology Society" in November.

I am a member of the editorial board of the Biosemiotics journal, of the International Society for Biosemiotic Studies, of the Fields Cognitive Science Network and of the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.