CLAIRE | Brussels

“Recent breakthroughs in deep learning have created the illusion that deep learning will solve all of AI. This illusion is false as truly intelligent machines should not only learn but also reason, just like humans do. Self-driving cars, for instance, must comply with, and hence, reason about traffic regulations. The long-term promise of AI can only be realised by fostering all AI techniques. A too narrow focus is like claiming that the important invention of rubber tires in the automobile industry could also lead to better engines.”

Luc De Raedt, EurAI Fellow, ERC Advanced Grant, KU Leuven, Belgium.


Strategically located in the capital of EU, CLAIRE Brussels Office plays a crucial role in the strategic planning and decision-making processes for the CLAIRE Network. CLAIRE Belgian office in Brussels has been initiated to strengthen the Network’s ties and visibility within both the Belgian AI community and the EU institutions. Officially established on 31 January 2020, CLAIRE Brussels aims to translate CLAIRE vision into activities for the Belgian AI community and in providing actionable and timely information on AI developments for policy-makers, the industry, NGOs, researchers, students, and the general public

We are currently hosted by FARI AI Institute for the Common Good, with physical office at BeCentral – Brussels’ digital revolution hub backed by 60 tech companies right in the city’s central station. CLAIRE Brussels is backed by eight steering committee members composed of AI experts from Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), UCLouvain, Ghent University, and University of Liège. CLAIRE Brussels is also actively involved in the confederation’s industry network projects, communication and outreach, as well as in several task forces that forward CLAIRE’s vision for a human-centred European AI.


FARI – AI for the Common Good Institute (VUB/ULB) organizes its first international conference on January 18-19, 2022.

In recent years, Researchers, international organizations, policy makers, NGOs have published many reports advocating for a responsible use of Artificial Intelligence, Data or Robotics. Numerous organizations were created to promote AI (or Data) for Good, for Society, for Humanity.

Beyond nice intentions, beautiful words, and clichés: how does it translate into practice? How should these technologies be implemented to adress pressing challenges (like the climate crisis) while respecting human rights.

During two days, you will hear about promising local and international projects, current technical trends and challenges.

For more details, visit our website at:

Past events:

CLAIRE | Brussels Office Launch – AI Innovation Strategy: Public Policy Making

  • Friday 25 June 2021 | 15:00–17:00 PM CEST

CLAIRE Brussels Symposium

  • Friday 7 September 2018 | 9:30 – 18:00 CEST


Hans De Canck


Carl Mörch


Joyce Anne Quinto

Communications and Outreach


Ann Nowé
Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Bart De Moor
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Bontempi Gianluca
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Hugues Bersini
Université Libre de Bruxelles

Luc De Raedt
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Pierre Dupont

Pierre Geurts
University of Liège

Tijl De Bie
Ghent University


Prof. Dr.
Luc De Raedt

Prof. Dr.
Bontempi Gianluca



Research Network:

  • IMEC, Leuven (contact: Stefan Van Baelen)
    • IDLab, IMEC – Ghent University, Ghent (contact: Erik Mannens) (also in
    • IDLab, IMEC – University of Antwerp, Antwerp (contact: Steven Latre)
  • Machine Learning Group, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels (contact: Tom Lenaerts)
  • MONA, VITO, Mol (contact: Bart Elen)
  •, Ghent University, Ghent (contact: Tijl De Bie, Piet Demeester)
    • IDLab, Ghent University – IMEC, Ghent (contact: Erik Mannens) (also in IMEC)
  • VUB Data Lab, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels (contact: Tias Guns)
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CLAIRE Brussels Office

FARI AI Institute for the Common Good

3rd Flr., BeCentral

Kantersteen 10/12,

1000 Brussel, Belgium