I’m an assistant professor in Computer Science at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and a guest researcher at the CWI Institute and at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics. In the past, I was a postdoc at the VU (where I also obtained my PhD), and a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

My research focuses on how to process efficiently very large amounts of data to extract new (and interesting) knowledge from the Web or from other very large datasets. If you are interested, please check out my publication list to have a better idea of my research area.

I received a number of awards for my research, and I’m very honored for that. A few papers that I co-authored have received either a honorable mention or a best paper award at top conferences. In 2010, my work on forward inference with MapReduce has won the IEEE SCALE challenge. In 2012, the Network Institute awarded me the prize “Most Promising Young Researcher Award”. In 2013, my PhD was awarded with the qualification cum laude, which was given only to 5% of the theses in our department. In 2014, my PhD work received an honourable mention as best PhD thesis in Computer Science in the country. The award was given by the Christiaan Huygens society, after a selection performed by KNAW (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences).


I’m looking for a PhD/Postdoc for a project entitled “From Data to Semantics (and back again)”. This project is in collaboration with the Database Group at CWI, and is part of a large Data Science initiative between the Universiteit van Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The starting date is December 2015/January 2016 (or even before if possible). Details on the project and instructions to apply are available here.