July 5-6, 2022 │ BOZAR, 23 Rue Ravenstein, 1000 Bruxelles



FARI is an independent, not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence initiative led by two universities in Brussels: the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). This initiative will aim at helping citizens, politicians and companies as well as not-for-profit organizations to address local, every day or long-term challenges in the Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium and Europe.

It brings world-leading and future researchers to the service of the city. It reinforces a virtuous circle: the city encounters problems that FARI can help address with projects that in their turn could lead to major scientific advances, especially in the field of AI (Explainable and Trustworthy), Data (Open) and Robotics (human-centric).

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We put human-centric AI research and innovation at the core of our activities. We will involve ethical and civic steering committees onboard, to actively participate, guarantee the applicability, acceptability and relevance of our projects. The initiative will be driven by AI and Data ethics. Beyond beautiful words, this means that for every potential project, partners will have to be aligned with the legal requirements of, for instance fairness, transparency and accountability, while respecting academic freedom and integrating ethical and societal concerns. We will ensure that all FARI projects consider the EU’s seven key requirements for responsible AI, both in the context of research and in the context of use. All FARI’s projects will respect the ground rules of the responsible research and innovation. We are also committed to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the OECD’s call for a new growth narrative. Finally, FARI does not promote technological solutionism and therefore does not promote AI as a systematic solution to every problem.


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In brief


ULB and VUB Research Labs

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It combines VUB and ULB strengths: their multi-disciplinary research teams in AI, Robotics and related disciplines, including legal, ethical research and social sciences. They will provide a high level of expertise in fundamental and applied research, as well as an international network of academic and business partners.
It is an independent non-profit think-tank, acting at the Regional, National, European levels. Its goal is to work on the real-world impact of AI-applications and to inform decision-makers on the most-needed changes to guarantee ethical, lawful and responsible uses of AI and data sciences. It will involve leading influencers, thinkers, foundations and scientific organizations.
It will serve as an innovation asset building on existing VUB and ULB structures (e.g. VUB’s AI Experience Center or ULB’s Smart Campus). It will showcase the successes and accomplishments, organize events, and as such offer living labs platforms and a co-creation place for all stakeholders of the “quadruple helix”. It will moreover facilitate several education programs for the different stakeholders and general public in the domain of AI, Data and Robotics. Finally, it will host test and innovation activities of innovators from both academia, private sector, as well as non-for-profit organizations and the public sector.

Our core research teams


Scientific Leaders

Ann Nowé
Professor, AI Lab – VUB


Hugues Bersini
Professor, IRIDIA – ULB



Hans de Canck



Carl Mörch



Joyce Anne Quinto
EU/CLAIRE project coordinator


Laurence Renault
Strategy and reporting collaborator
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion specialist


Special advisors

Claudio Truzzi
icity.brussels – ULB


Wim De Waele
FARI – AI & Data Tank



Structural partners


Press & Media

Our official press releases and contacts in Dutch with the VUB, and in French with the ULB.