The AI Experience Centre Is Officially Open

The AI Experience Centre was launched yesterday (21st of November 2019) with great success. AI experts came together to celebrate this new space which promotes collaboration between research and industry with an emphasis on ethical AI. The attendees enjoyed a series of talks to then have first hand experience the Centre’s AI demonstrations.

VUB Rector Caroline Pauwels opened the event with a speech elaborating on the important role the Centre carries for research, collaboration, and society.  The speech was followed by a brief introduction of each of the research groups.

Pepper by BruBotics

Ann Nowé, head of the AI Lab went on stage with Vicky Froyen, researcher from Collibra, to present the demo Talk to Your Data which shows how a user can interact with the Collibra data governance platform with a self-service business intelligence approach. An Jacobs, manager of SMIT research group, presented Knowledge Centre Data & Society for the Flanders AI Plan. Brubotics was respresented by Bram Vanderborght from R&MM. The professor explained the Axiles Bionic case, which is dedicated to working on the quality of life of lower limb amputees by bringing the newest generation bionic feet to the market. Bart Jansen from ETRO Group showcased the SARA project which investigates the use of augmented reality to overlay a 3D rendering of medical images and planning information onto the patient’s anatomy during neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery. Hans De Canck, the manager of the AI Experience Centre, greeted the AI experts with an overview on the practicalities, plans, and the scale of opportunities the Centre is designed to facilitate. Finally, the guests were invited to interact and experience the demos including SARA, the autonomous wheelchair, Exoskeletons, and many more.

Want to learn more about the AI Experience Centre? Please visit our dedicated page on the VUB AI Lab website (standalone website is coming soon). Don’t hesitate to leave us your info if you have any question or if you are interested in partnering with us.

SARA by the ETRO Group