Luc De Raedt is a Wallenberg Guest Professor at the Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems (AASS) at Örebro University, and a full professor at KU Leuven and the Director of the KU Leuven AI Institute. Professor De Raedt was recruited by WASP in 2020.
Wallenberg Guest Professor at Örebro University.
WASP is one of the earliest and largest AI programs in Europe. It is a source of inspiration for many other national and international programs. I am very excited and proud to be part of it as a Wallenberg Guest Professor in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at Örebro University.
WASP is a community of researchers that focuses on AI, on research excellence and that is making impact. Thanks to the generous support of the program, I have been able to start a group that focuses on integrating machine learning and machine reasoning, and its application in autonomous sensor systems.
I have always focused on the integration of learning and reasoning within AI. While initially, this was mainly about using logics for machine learning, this was later expanded into probabilistic logics and programs, and is now aiming at unifying probability, logic and neural networks in neurosymbolic AI systems. It is addressing a key open challenge in AI and it promises AI systems that can perceive, learn as well as reason.
The quest for integrated learning and reasoning systems is central to trustworthy AI. Without the ability to reason, AI systems cannot justify and explain their results; without the ability to learn, they cannot adapt their behaviour on the basis of experience; therefore – without these abilities – they cannot really be called intelligent.