AI central to the FutureSummits by imec in Antwerp

On 14 and 15 May international experts and entrepreneurs are coming together at FutureSummits in Antwerp to discuss the future of Artificial Intelligence. FutureSummits is a technology event organised by the leading research and innovation centre imec.

“Artificial Intelligence will make our way of working and living more efficient for entrepreneurs, residents and cities”, explains John Baekelmans, Vice President of imec. It’s no coincidence that FutureSummits is taking place in Antwerp. imec believes Antwerp has a pioneering role to play in AI as the smart city of Flanders.    

‘A’ for Antwerp and Artificial

“We are on the point of seeing AI really helping us in our daily lives”, states John Baekelmans, Vice President of imec. “That’s our focus during FutureSummits: on the first day we concentrate on technological components which are necessary if we want to incorporate AI in our life. The next day we look at future innovations and how we can capitalise on them.”

“Naturally we also take a close look at AI itself. If we use it well, this technology will improve our way of living and working”, continues Baekelmans. “And where better to do that than in Antwerp—the smart city of Flanders? At FutureSummits we will provide examples of how AI is already being successfully implemented in Antwerp today.”

“So in Antwerp, with the aid of AI, we are able to improve the traffic flow through the city—be it pedestrians, cyclists or motorists. Thanks to AI we have managed to combine, understand and convert the large amount of relevant data into modifications to the road infrastructure, traffic lights, signalling and so forth; with smoother mobility as a result.”

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John Baekelmans, vice president of imec

Together with entrepreneurs

“People still need to be convinced of the added value of AI in their daily lives and the business world. We want to highlight the added value of AI during FutureSummits”, says Baekelmans. “We also reach out to entrepreneurs because, at the end of the day, it’s up to them to take our innovations into account in their products and services.”

Antwerp’s first initiative to develop more concrete projects based around AI has already been launched. The Beacon, an initiative of the City of Antwerp, Port of Antwerp, Antwerp, imec, the University of Antwerp and Agoria, opened its doors half a year ago. In this innovation hub 27 companies are developing strong products based around Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things. The Beacon offers physical office space and, moreover, functions as the center of strong ecosystem with national and international companies and research centres. The Beacon is where solutions for industry, logistics and smart cities come to life.

Get involved:

1. FutureSummits takes place on 14 and 15 May in the Flanders Meeting & Convention Center Antwerp (FMCCA, next to the ZOO). Register in order to participate and leap into the future!
2. Antwerp is brimming with innovative entrepreneurial talent. Read more about it: