It officially started on January 1, 2020.
KU Leuven Institutes bring together researchers from various disciplines in an interdisciplinary research network with societal relevance.
According to Rector Luc Sels:
"For the University, the Leuven Institutes are a way to highlight certain focal points in research – a strategic instrument, in other words."
(Read Interview with Rector Luc Sels here).
The recognition as a KU Leuven Institute of Leuven.AI is important to all interested in AI at the KU Leuven, as it will result in many new activities and even more interdisciplinary research on AI at KU Leuven.
Take a look at Leuven.AI's recent update of affiliated AI spin-offs here