MASTER OF ARTIFICIAL
INFORMATION PACKAGE 2007-2008
Table of Contents
2. Contact information secretariat, ombudsperson, teaching staff
3. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme
- ECS: Engineering and Computer Science option
- CS: Cognitive Science option
- SLT: Speech and Language Technology option
5. Facilities (classrooms, computer facilities, library)
- Timetable (preliminary)
- Plan of the campus
- Thesis form
Important upcoming deadlines:
Oct 15, 2007: complete your choice of individual study programme in Toledo
Oct 30, 2007: return signed form for your thesis to the MAI secretariat
Welcome to the Master of Artificial Intelligence (MAI) programme of the K.U.Leuven.
With this handout we want to give you some practical information about the Artificial Intelligence programme.
The most urgent things to do at the beginning of the academic year are:
Register as soon as possible at the Naamsestraat 22 in Leuven (before October 15).
Payment of the tuition fee to be arranged at Naamsestraat 22 Leuven.
All notices will appear on the MAI webpage:
www.mai.kuleuven.be (“Student information page” with link “E-Bulletin Board”).
You are supposed to regularly consult the e-bulletin board for all practical information throughout the academic
year of your studies.
2. CONTACT INFORMATION
Prof. Johan Suykens, Dept. Elektrotechniek, ESAT-SCD/SISTA, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 Heverlee
phone: 016/32 18 02, fax: 016/32 19 70, email: Johan.Suykens@esat.kuleuven.be
Anouck Brouwers, Arenbergkasteel, Kasteelpark Arenberg 1, 3001 Heverlee
Opening hours: from Monday until Thursday from 13.30h till 16.30h
OMBUDS (person to be contacted for questions concerning exams and exam regulations)
Robby Goetschalckx, Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen, Dept. Computerwetenschappen, Afd. Informatica,
Celestijnenlaan 200A, 3001 Heverlee
phone: 016/32 75 60, email: email@example.com
(substitute: Geert Willems, email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
COORDINATOR SLT OPTION
Prof. Frank Van Eynde, Centrum Computerlinguïstiek, M. Theresiastraat 21, 3000 Leuven,
phone: 016/32 50 84, fax: 016/32 50 95, email: Frank.Vaneynde@ccl.kuleuven.be
INDIVIDUAL STUDY PROGRAMME RESPONSABLE
Prof. Dirk Vandermeulen, Medical imaging center, UZ Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven,
Phone: 016/34 90 22, fax 016/34 90 01, email: Dirk.Vandermeulen@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. G. Adriaens Geert.Adriaens@ccl.kuleuven.be
Prof. D. Bollé Desire.Bolle@fys.kuleuven.be
Prof. H. Blockeel Hendrik.Blockeel@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. H. Bruyninckx Herman.Bruyninckx@mech.kuleuven.be
Prof. M. Bruynooghe Maurice.Bruynooghe@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. L. Dehaspe Luc.Dehaspe@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. M. Denecker Marc.Denecker@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. D. De Schreye Danny.Deschreye@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. T. Holvoet Tom.Holvoet@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. G. Janssens Gerda.Janssens@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. M. Moens Sien.Moens@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. Y. Moreau Yves.Moreau@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. M. Nuttin Marnix.Nuttin@mech.kuleuven.be
Prof. D. Roose Dirk.Roose@cs.kuleuven.be
Prof. W. Schaeken Walter.Schaeken@psy.kuleuven.be
Prof. G. Storms Gert.Storms@psy.kuleuven.be
Prof. J. Suykens Johan.Suykens@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. D. Van Compernolle Dirk.Vancompernolle@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. D. Vandermeulen Dirk.Vandermeulen@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. J. Vandewalle Joos.Vandewalle@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. F. Van Eynde Frank.Vaneynde@ccl.kuleuven.be
Prof. H. Van hamme Hugo.Vanhamme@esat.kuleuven.be
Prof. M. Van Hulle Marc.Vanhulle@med.kuleuven.be
Prof. A. Van Wieringen Astrid.VanWieringen@med.kuleuven.be
Prof. K. Verfaillie Karl.Verfaillie@psy.kuleuven.be
Prof. R. Vergauwen Roger.Vergauwen@hiw.kuleuven.be
Prof. J. Vereecke Johan.Vereecke@med.kuleuven.be
Prof. J. Wagemans Johan.Wagemans@psy.kuleuven.be
3. THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE PROGRAMME
The AI programme consists of three options (ECS, SLT, CS). Each option has its own package of courses.
As a student from the ECS and CS option you should follow 11 courses and make a thesis.
As a student from the SLT option you should follow 10 courses and do a traineeship.
Part of the courses are mandatory, others are optional and should be taken up to an amount op 60 study points
All students have to fill out their individual program via K.U.Loket before October 15. It needs to be approved by
the ISP board of professors (ISP = Individual Study Programme) of the master AI programme.
Students from the ECS option are assumed to have taken a course on Object Oriented Programming prior to
this programme. For ECS students who did not follow such a course in a previous programme it is mandatory
to select the course “Object Oriented Programming” within the current master AI programme. ECS students
who are not taking the bridge course “Object Oriented Programming” must prove that they followed a
comparable course within a previous programme.
Note that you may ask to drop certain courses, in case these courses (or an equivalent course) were already
followed in a previous programme.
Once the program is approved by the ISP evaluation commission it becomes final.
The Master of Artificial Intelligence programme uses a 2-semester system. This implies that at the end of both
semesters an exam period is organized for all courses taught during that semester:
First semester: exam period takes place in January
Second semester: exam period takes place in June.
Because the AI programme offers many courses in the first semester, the exams for the optional courses can
be postponed to the 2 semester. Students should explicitly inform the MAI secretariat before December 1 in
case they want to postpone an exam for an optional course from the 1 semester to June. Students can not
redo exams from the first semester in June (one has to wait until September for redoing exams).
Students enrolled at the University are automatically enrolled for the examination in January, June and
September (if necessary).
All official regulations to pass the exams or to transfer credits between exam periods (or between academic
years) can be consulted on the following webpage:
Robby Goetschalckx is appointed as ombudsperson for the master AI program. He can provide extra
information or advice, he can also mediate in cases of conflict.
In order to get an idea of typical exam questions for the several courses, there is additional information
available at the MAI website with several examples for the different courses.
Students of the ECS and CS options need to complete a thesis (approximately 50 pages for the thesis text).
Students of the SLT option have to do an internship.
The ECS and CS students therefore need to select a topic for the thesis. A list with thesis proposals is available
at the website:
(please check this page regularly as it is occasionally updated in the first couple of weeks of the new academic
Information sessions will be organized in the month of October to provide additional information about these
Students are required to take contact with the daily leader (who will guide you for the thesis) mentioned in the
selected thesis topic’s description. After agreement between the student and the contact person, the latter
signs a form (see Appendix 3) that states that the project is assigned to the student.
Signed forms need to be returned to the secretariat of MAI before October 30, 2007.
Most classes of the Master of Artificial Intelligence programme take place at the Campus Arenberg in Heverlee.
On the timetable (appendix 1) you can find the abbreviation of the rooms, the explanation of this abbreviation
and the correct address you can find on the plan (appendix 2).
The students obtain a K.U.Leuven (“Ludit”) e-mail address, a login I.D. and a password while registering in the
University Hall, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven. Do not leave this building without your proper address, login I.D.
and password! You can ask all computer-related information at the “Ludit” stand in the University Hall.
PC-labs are available on several locations, e.g. Celestijnenlaan 200C. The PC-lab of the Department Computer
Science, Celestijnenlaan 200B, room 00.05 will also be available for use by students.
Students can also rent a PC at very reasonable prices. Please contact the PC Shop, W. de Croylaan 52A,
Heverlee or http://www.ludit.kuleuven.be/index_en.htm.
The Campus Library is situated at the W. de Croylaan 6, 3001 Heverlee.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
You can search for books and journals using CWIS: http://bib.kuleuven.be.
Books and master’s theses (but no journals) can be borrowed for a maximum of 14 days. It is possible to
extend this period by informing the librarian or by means of the internet. If you return books late, you have to
pay a fine. The library also offers a photocopying service.
In order to make use of the library services, a “studentenkaart” is required. You receive this I.D. card after your
official registration in the master’s program at the University Hall, Naamsestraat 22, Leuven. The card gives
access to all libraries of the K.U.Leuven.
Student restaurant ALMA
There are three student restaurants at K.U. Leuven where one has the choice between several meals at a
moderate cost. ALMA 3 is located nearby the Arenberg Castle.
Appendix 1: Timetable
For daily use the timetable is easily accessible via the mai-webpage: http://www.mai.kuleuven.be, by going to
“Detailed program”, click on “Master of Artificial Intelligence” and click then on “Schedule” (next to the clock
Note: these are preliminary timetables (please check regularly for updates). The second semester
information will be available later.
Appendix 2: plan of the campus
BOKU= Burgerlijke Bouwkunde, Kasteelpark Arenberg 40, 3001 Heverlee C1 (10)
C300= Werktuigkunde, Celestijnenlaan 300, 3001 HeverleeB1 (39)
ELEC= Elektrotechniek, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, 3001 HeverleeC1 (15)
GEHU= Geel Huis, Kasteelpark Arenberg 11, 3001 HeverleeD1 (22)
GYMN= Gymnasium, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 HeverleeE2 (30)
ISRO= Stedenbouw en R.O., Kasteelpark Arenberg 51, 3001 HeverleeC1 (2)
KAST= Arenbergkasteel, Kasteelpark Arenberg 1, 3001 HeverleeC1 (1)
SPORTHKBC= Sporthal KBC, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 HeverleeE2 (132)
LAGE= Landelijke Genie, Kasteelpark Arenberg 30, 3001 HeverleeD2 (3)
LAND= Landbouw, Kasteelpark Arenberg 20, 3001 HeverleeD1 (36)
MOLE= Auditorium Oude Molen, Kasteelpark Arenberg 50, 3001 HeverleeB1 (57)
MTM= Metaalk. Materiaalk., Kasteelpark Arenberg 44, 3001 HeverleeC1 (10)
PLTK= Plantkunde, Kasteelpark Arenberg 31, 3001 HeverleeD2 (3)
PW= Chemische Ingenieurstechnieken, de Croylaan 46, 3001 HeverleeH1 (11)
SEG= Soc. Econ. Geografie, de Croylaan 42, 3001 HeverleeB1 (7)
GBDN= Gebouw De Nayer, Tervuursevest 101, 3001 HeverleeE2 (49)
TRPL= Tropische Plantkunde, Kasteelpark Arenberg 13, 3001 HeverleeD2 (3)
200A/S= Auditoria, Celestijnenlaan 200 A/S, 3001 HeverleeB2
Appendix 3: Thesis form
Promotor(s): Signature of promotor(s):
Name(s) of daily leader(s):
Hand in before October 30, 2007 at the master AI secretariat, Arenberg Castle, room 00.63, Kasteelpark Arenberg 1,