Luc Steels studied linguistics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). His main research field is Artificial Intelligence covering a wide range of intelligent abilities, including vision, robotic behavior, conceptual representations and language. His work has found applications in knowledge-based systems, autonomous robots and digital community memories for the management of a commons based on community engagement and citizen science. In 1983 he founded the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the University of Brussels (VUB) and became a professor of computer science. In 1990 he co-founded the computer science department at the VUB and became the first chairman (from 1990 until 1995). He founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris in 1996 and became its first director until 2014. Currently he is ICREA research professor at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (CSIC,UPF) in Barcelona. ICREA is the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies. Steels has participated in dozens of large-scale European projects and more than 30 PhD theses have been granted under his direction. He has produced over 200 articles and edited 15 books directly related to his research. During the past decade he has focused on theories for the origins and evolution of language using computer simulations and robotic experiments to discover and test them. More recently he is pushing the boundaries of AI in the direction of a proper handling of meaning and understanding, with applications in the management of social media, the interpretation of art works, and the study of computational creativity.