Paul Van Eecke (°1990) obtained master degrees in Artificial Intelligence (2013 – summa cum laude) and Linguistics (2012, summa cum laude) from the KU Leuven, and a PhD Degree in Computer Science (2018) from the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. From 2014 until 2017, he worked as an assistant researcher at Sony Computer Science Laboratories Paris, where he carried out research on implementing construction grammars and became one of the main developers of the Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG) system.
From 2018 until 2022, he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he was involved in the H2020 ODYCCEUS project and lectured computer science courses. From 2020 on, he was funded through a postdoctoral fellowship of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and carried out his research on automatically learning construction grammars at the VUB AI-Lab and the KU Leuven.
He is currently a tenure track research professor (Senior Research Fellow) in ‘humanlike communication in autonomous agents’ at the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His main research interests include the emergence and evolution of language through communicative interactions, computational construction grammar and its applications, and the use of a combination of symbolic and subsymbolic AI techniques for solving advanced perception, reasoning and communication tasks.