Youri Coppens

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Pleinlaan 9, 1050 Brussels, 3rd floor (Room 3.11)

Youri Coppens

Joint PhD Student (VUB-ULB)


Youri Coppens is a PhD student who obtained both his BSc and MSc in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, respectively in the years 2014 and 2016. During his MSc program, he specialized in Artificial Intelligence.

After finishing his MSc degree, he spent a year in Japan through the Vulcanus in Japan exchange program, doing an internship at Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. on hardware acceleration for Deep Reinforcement Learning. During his internship, Youri wrote his first publication, which won a best paper award.

Youri returned to Belgium to start a joint PhD program at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Machine Learning Group of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. His research focuses on increasing the explainability of (Deep) Reinforcement Learning systems. His research topics include reinforcement learning, explainable machine learning and affective computing.


Research projects

Towards Explainable Reinforcement Learning (XRL)


Programming Project 2