Explainable constraint solving and optimization



Lazy Grounding algorithms for Answer Set Programming



Unifying Frameworks for Non-Monotonic Reasoning



Efficient algorithms for combinatorial search



Artificial Intelligence Lab

The Artificial Intelligence Lab, founded in 1983 by Prof. Dr. Luc Steels, is the first AI lab on the European mainland. It is headed by Prof. Dr. Ann Nowé and Prof. Dr. Bernard Manderick.  During its history of more than three decades, the VUB AI Lab has been following two main routes towards the understanding of intelligence: both the symbolic route (classical AI) as the dynamics route (complex systems science).

Since its foundation, more than 50 people have received a PhD degree at the Artificial Intelligence Lab, of which 18 in the past 5 years only. The total amount of publications sums up to more than 850 publications which are cited more than 24.000 times, 8500 times in the last 5 years. The lab also has experience in setting up of spin-offs (5 since its beginning). The research group is provided with standard hardware and software utilities and departmental services (secretary and ICT support). The COMO group of the AI-lab focuses on the one hand on the modeling of natural phenomena, and on the other hand on developing algorithms for complex problem solving inspired by these natural phenomena. The lab has experience in a wide range of learning techniques such as: Reinforcement Learning, Genetic Algorithms, Neural Networks, Support Vector Machines, Graphical models including Bayesian Networks, Genetic algorithms etc.

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Structural Bioinformatics



Bio2Byte Research Group

The Bio2Byte group is lead by Prof. Dr. Wim Vranken and researchers the relation between protein sequence and biophysical behavior.

The Bio2Byte group is primarily situated at the Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics in Brussels, a collaborative interfaculty institute between the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. It is located at the the ULB side of the Pleinlaan/La Plaine campus on the 6th floor of the C building.

At the VUB, the group is linked to Structural Biology Brussels at the Bioengineering sciences department, as well as the departments of Computer Science and Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, plus to the Biomedical sciences at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy.

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EU and International Cybersecurity Law & Policy



Cyber and Data Security Lab

The Cyber and Data Security Lab (CDSL) aims to explore the legal aspects of cybersecurity and information security. It is part of the internationally renowned  Research Group on Law, Science, Technology & Society (LSTS) at the Faculty of Law and Criminology of Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. As per its mission statement, CDSL aims to further knowledge, promote awareness, and foster new ideas within the legal framework on cybersecurity and information security, both globally and within the EU. To this end it carries out funded research, assumes advisory roles, publishes its findings and encourages international dialogue within its fields of expertise.  

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A General Theory for Distributed Reactive Programming



Code Analysis and Manipulation



Software Languages Lab


The Software Languages Lab (SOFT) is a research lab within the Department of Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The Software Languages Lab was founded in 2009 as a merger of the Programming Technology Lab and the System and Software Engineering Lab. SOFT is presided by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang De Meuter, and counts Prof. Dr. Elisa Gonzalez Boix, Prof. Dr. Coen De Roover, Prof. Dr. Dominique Devriese, Prof. Dr. Viviane Jonckers, and Prof. Dr. Bas Ketsman as additional full-time professors and Em. Prof. Dr. Theo D'Hondt as emeritus.

Broadly speaking, the lab is active in the design, implementation and application of better languages to support the software engineering process.
This includes programming languages, formal languages, design languages, meta languages, modeling languages, domain specific languages, etc.
The Software Languages Lab covers all aspects of the research spectrum, including:

  • Design of languages (advanced modularity, distribution, concurrency, context, …)
  • Formal study of languages (type systems, abstract interpretation, static analysis, contract systems, …)
  • Efficient implementation of languages (virtual machines, parallelization, scheduling, …)
  • Tool support for languages (IDEs, debuggers, versioning tools, evolution support, refactoring, …)
  • Applications of languages (android applications, RFID‐enabled applications, web applications, embedded applications, city-ware, …)

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Dynamic Data Physicalisation and Tangible User Interfaces



Interactive Paper and Augmented Reality



Personal Cross-Media Information Management



Web & Information Systems Engineering Lab

The Web & Information Systems Engineering (WISE) Lab is a research unit of the Department of Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and is headed by Prof. Dr. Olga De Troyer and Prof. Dr. Beat Signer. The activities of WISE concentrate on innovative information systems such as next generation web applications, context-aware applications and cross-media information spaces.

The WISE lab further investigates human-computer interaction aspects for those systems, such as interactive paper and cross-media solutions, data physicalisation, tangible holograms as well as multimodal and multi-touch interaction. We develop new engineering methodologies, tools and software frameworks for the rapid prototyping and efficient realisation of innovative information environments.

There is a strong emphasis on conceptual modelling and design, reasoning on designs, localisation and globalisation, adaptation and personalisation, accessibility and usability in general. Important technologies used in this context are graphical and visual design languages, domain-specific modeling languages as well as design patterns. Important application domains are web applications, augmented and virtual reality, serious games and e-learning.

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