The Artificial Intelligence for
the Common Good Institute
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).
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.
FARI Event – November 25, 2021
Data governance and health
The French Embassy in Belgium, AI4Belgium and the VUB join forces in the organization of a conference examining the role of data governance in the fight against epidemics. This conference will be online and will be held in French and Dutch.
FARI Event – June 25, 2021
Opening of the Brussels CLAIRE Office
Building pan-European bridges, Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe (CLAIRE) is celebrating its reach across Europe by launching four new offices in Zurich, Oslo, Paris and Brussels. Join us as we launch our CLAIRE office in Brussels and celebrate the achievements of the AI community in Belgium. The theme for the launch is ” AI Innovation Strategy / Public Policy Making “
Robotics – September, 2021
Call for Participation @IROS 2021
FARI is actively involved in this exciting project led by Bram Vanderborght (VUB) and An Jacobs (SMIT-VUB) among others : we aim at mapping how can Robotics contribute (or inhibit) the achievement of the United Nation’s Sustainable Developmment Goals (SDGs). We organize a workshop at one of the most prestigious conferences in Robotics (IROS).
FARI Conference – March 29, 2021 – 8PM (Brussels)
“Transparent Artificial Intelligence in Cities” @weKONEKT Brussels
Meeri Haataja, SAIDOT.ai
Rob Heyman, VUB-SMIT
How can AI and algorithms be more transparent in our cities? How can we talk about these technologies and their challenges? Discover initiatives from Helsinki to Brussels : from AI repositories to innovative educational projects.
PAST/ March 15 to March 19, 2021
We were at the @AI Belgian Week
Rob Heyman, “AI In Flanders in action” on Monday at 16H
Ann Nowé “AI: van fictie naar non-fictie” on Monday at 19H30
Grégory Lewkowicz, “Quelles usages de l’intelligence artificielle pour la justice belge? ” on Tuesday at Noon
Mireille Hildebrandt and Grégory Lewkowicz at our FARI session on “Law & Ethics” at 20H on Tuesday
“AI4Belgium Ethics & Law” on Wednesday at 15H
Tom Lenaerts, “From pro-self to pro-social” on Thursday at 11H30
ULB and VUB Research Labs
Our core research teams
10 core research teams from VUB and ULB are involved in FARI. You can consult the full list of Professors associated with FARI (PDF, version of March 2021°
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.