Luc Steels studied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His main research field is Artificial Intelligence covering a wide range of intelligent abilities, including vision, robotic behavior, conceptual representations and language. In 1983 he became a professor of computer science at the University of Brussels (VUB). He has been co-founder and chairman (from 1990 until 1995) of the VUB Computer Science Department (Faculty of Sciences).
He founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris in 1996 and became its first director. Currently he is ICREA research professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology(CSIC,UPF). Steels has participated in dozens of large-scale European projects and more than 30 PhD theses have been granted under his direction. He has produced over 200 articles and edited 15 books directly related to his research. During the past decade he has focused on theories for the origins and evolution of language using computer simulations and robotic experiments to discover and test them.
Opinion Dynamics and Cultural Conflict in European Spaces (ODYCCEUS)
Dynamic Speaker Alignment for Interactive Dialog Systems
ESSENCE – Evolution of Shared SEmaNtics in Computational Environments
Digging for the Roots of Understanding (DRUST)
Artificial Language Evolution on Autonomous Robots (ALEAR)
Language Games voor het Taalonderwijs
The Cultural Self-organisation of Cognitive Grammar
Co-Evolution of Syntax and Semantics (CESS)
Origins of Language and Meaning