Boost your career with artificial intelligence

The Flanders AI Academy was founded by the Flemish Government to prepare and support the Flemish work force for the transformations AI will bring to their profession. We want to ensure that the Flemish don’t ‘simply’ undergo this new development, but face it in an informed and expert manner.

Bart de Moor, Chairman VAIA

Boost your knowledge with AI

The Flanders AI Academy or VAIA is a collaboration between all the universities in Flanders. We provide courses and trainings in AI for professionals and researchers in Flanders. Our aim is to unlock the expertise in the academic research institutions so it can flow towards the work force of our society. In this way we help ensure the (future) economic competitiveness of Flanders. With our wide range of accessible courses and trainings, we aim to stimulate everybody to adopt lifelong learning.

The three methods of VAIA:

Amplifier

VAIA collects courses and trainings on AI and helps people towards a fitting course.

Expertise

We support educators with our expertise on lifelong learning and AI.

Creation

If there is no course for a specific target group or need, VAIA will develop and organize these courses on AI.

Why?

Flanders has been conducting high-quality academic research into artificial intelligence (AI) for years in its universities and research centres. Although this expertise is available, the knowledge of applied AI in the Flemish business community, non-profit sector and government is still very limited. In other words, we have all the information but don’t use it to our advantage.

We want Flemish employees to have the necessary information and skills to incorporate technological innovations into their work. Not only will it increase Flanders’ economic strength, but it will also render it future-proof.

Flanders AI Academy is part of the pillar ‘Awareness, training and ethical framework’ of the Flemish AI Policy Plan, unfolded by the Flemish Government in 2020. The Academy started its activities in 2021.

Innovation indicators of Flanders compared to European average

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According to the European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) and the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (RIS) Flanders scores higher than the European average on all innovation indicators, except for lifelong learning and, to a lesser extent, design application. Source: Flanders Department of Economy, Science & Innovation, 2021

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence or AI contains the best features of computers: high stability, strong in routine chores and enormous computing power. AI uses that (computing) power to guide, simplify or take over human tasks (in part). AI can make our world easier and safer but does not come without risk. The result is a myriad of professional challenges. Training will help us to recognize the possibilities of AI, avoid the pitfalls and use the new technology to further optimize our work.

A few examples can demonstrate the versatility of AI:

  • For example, there is the spam filter in your favourite e-mail application. This filter focuses entirely on dangerous and untrustworthy emails and decides whether these pose a risk to your computer or bank account. Without AI, you would receive many more unsafe emails.
  • AI helps doctors to analyze lung scans and improves the speed and accuracy of a COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • AI highly improved the product recommendations of your favourite search engine or television provider. You know them: ‘you read this book, maybe you are also interested in these other books?’
  • With AI, systems can recognize and count animals and plants. In agriculture AI systems recognise and sort ripe fruit, in several forests they monitor the game present
  • AI is used to make optimum use of electricity production. In the future, electric cars will probably charge when a surplus of electricity is produced. When electricity production is low and the demand for electricity rises, cars will be able to return their energy (up to a minimum level) to the homes that request it. In this way, households and AI will contribute to stabilizing the electricity grid.