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 who am i 

I'm an assistent professor in the AI department of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. I have written a PhD thesis on Change Management for Distributed Ontologies in the Business Informatics group (BI) department of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. After my master Business Informatics in October 1996, I worked for two and a half year as a software engineer at the Leiden University Medical Center on a system for the classification and presentation of multi-media medical information.

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I'm married with Linda Klein, together we have two daughters.


Vrije Universiteit
Faculty of Sciences - department of Math. and Computer Science
De Boelelaan 1081a
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Room T3.49

Phone: +31 20 59 87818
Department fax: +31 20 59 87653
Email: [PGP-key]


My research is focussed on using AI techniques for understanding human processes to support them in daily life (so called "human ambience").

In the past, I worked on applying ontologies for information integration and retrieval, using Semantic Web techniques like RDF and OWL. I worked on two projects, one is the I-Catcher project, where we investigate the use of ontologies in intensive care units, and the other is the BEST project, where ontologies are used to support intelligent disclosure of case-law. More specific information can be found at the respective project homepages. The research in both projects involved questions around aligning and integrating ontologies, splitting up ontologies in smaller modules, supporting the evolution of ontologies, and evaluating the benefits of ontological support in practice.

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Selected publications:

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See the publication page for the complete list of papers.

The list above is dynamically generated from distributed RDF data, i.e. the BibTeX files of the members of our department (e.g. mine), the foaf-files (e.g. this one) and an RDF file with the specification of a selection. See the BuRST toolsuite for a more extensive explanation.

The slides of some presentations I gave can be found at the presentation page (outdated; please send me an email if you are interested in a specific presentation).