AIRO IDLab Ghent University - imec

AIRO is a research team part of the research group IDLab. Our team is lead by Prof. Joni Dambre, Prof. Francis wyffels, and Prof. Tony Belpaeme. Together with our team of researchers and students, we work on interdisciplinary research in the fields of AI and Robotics, ranging from social robotics to fringe machine learning. The lab has vast experience with neural networks and ended up several times as a winning team in international Kaggle competitions on image recognition. Get a full overview of the fundamental and applied research problems we tackle on research page.


Sep 9, 2022 PhD defence of Tom Neutens

Recently, Computer Science has become part of the Flemish compulsory education. In his Phd, Tom contributed to the integration of Computer Science in education by comparing teaching strategies, formulating guidelines for assessment, and developing digital tools tailored to the current needs in schools.

Aug 23, 2022 Summer school Ghent

The Ghent University Summer School, an event co-organised by IDLAB-AIRO, was once again an immense success. In total, 160 children visited our campus to partake in STEM-field related activities.

Jun 21, 2022 PhD position - Overcoming the data limitation in sign language translation

We offer a fully funded PhD Scholarship on Sign Language Recognition with Deep Learning.

May 23, 2022 PhD defence of Andreas Verleysen

Do we need to do the laundry? Or can robots help us with this task? Teaching robots to do the laundry is what Andreas Verleysen explored in his PhD which he defended today!

May 20, 2022 Two PhD studentships on social robots, consciousness and value-aware AI

The AIRO group (Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, of IDLab-imec ( at Ghent University are excited to be offering two fully-funded PhD studentships to help with our research on social robotics under the supervision of Tony Belpaeme.

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