FARI Institute in a nutshell

Putting the Common Good

at the heart of AI, data,

and robotics research

Brussels Europe

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FARI is an independent, not-for-profit Artificial Intelligence initiative led by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

Fari Institute

our manifesto


Academic Excellence

We aim at developing, understanding, and using state-of-the art technologies.



We ensure ethical applicability, acceptability, and relevance of our projects.



We strive on bridging a gap between the technologies and society.



We are committed to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


We organise online and offline events with mission to educate, advocate, and connect. Browse our past and upcoming events!

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FARI aims at closing the gap between AI experts, local stakeholders and citizens.

FARI Test Experience Center Brussels' window to the future of AI and Robotics.

The Experience

Our cutting-edge test and experience infrastructure serves as real-world lab equipment for social, legal, and economic scientists for better user research and idea prototyping.

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We help build the next generation of responsible innovators in Brussels, Belgium, and internationally.

AI Academy


Learn more about issues and trends on AI, data, and robotics through an ethical and critical approach.

With FARI AI Academy, you will be able to choose from executive education, postgraduate, train the trainers, and other customised programmes that will not only help you understand the increasingly dynamic field of AI, but also will help you analyse and deal with AI challenges with a critical perspective.

FARI will soon roll out key services for the public administration, local organisations, SMEs, and individuals.

Our Services



Public Administration

We are working closely with the Brussels public administration towards a shared goal to make the region a smart city with sustainable impact on both the level of the local needs and international ambitions.




We will offer key services that will provide support to the civil society, and will engage their participation in both consultation level and design level.



Small and medium-sized enterprises

We intend to set up coaching programs and to support initiatives catering to AI, Data, and Robotics, leading to successful proof of concepts and development of go-to-market strategies.


Research and innovation is the heart of our services.


FARI combines VUB and ULB strengths in multi-disciplinary projects in AI, Data, Robotics, law, and social sciences.

Our research and innovation activities aim at contributing to achieve AI for Common Good through our five targeted research priority areas: Climate & Energy, Resource Optimization, Mobility, Health & Well-Being, and Participatory & Inclusive Society. These are priority areas of innovation identified by the Brussels Region itself.

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Find out about FARI's latest projects and activities for Brussels and beyond!

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We connect people across disciplines, expertise, and organisations in making science and innovation more accessible and impactful to society.


The FARI community is composed of 300 researchers from the 10 AI, data, and robotics research groups from VUB and ULB, coordinated by our central team and in close collaboration with our various partners.

We are working to co-create a society where AI, Data, and Robotics could contribute to it. We work on local and international projects that aim at enabling a sustainable transition, starting with our own region of Brussels. So we work in, with and on Brussels as a laboratory and testing ground in a regional, national and International context.

We are committed to disseminating our latest research outputs on AI, data, and robotics for the common good.

Latest Publications

Here, you will find some of our recently released publications.

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