Current position


  • Ph.D.: University of Twente, The Netherlands, September 2001 Task-based Approach to Information Handling Support for Web-based Education
  • M.Sc: Sofia University, Bulgaria, September 1996 AI Specialization, Computer Science

Work Experience

  • Full Professor: Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam (2016 – present)
  • Associate Professor: Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam (2011 – 2016)
  • Chief Scientist: Tagasauris Inc, NYC, NY (2013 – present)
  • Visiting Scientist: IBM Watson Group, Yorktown, NY (2012)
  • Assistant Professor: Intelligent Information Systems, Computer Science, VU University Amsterdam, NL (2006 – 2011)
  • Assistant Professor: Intelligent Systems, Computer Science, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL (2001 – 2006)
  • Guest Researcher: Interactive Information Access, Center for Mathematics & Computer Science (CWI), NL (2005 – 2006)
  • Visiting Professor: Knowledge Science ISIR Group, Computer Science, Osaka University, Japan (2002 – 2004)

Awards & recognition

  • IBM Faculty Award 2013 & 2014 (monetary grant included): Crowdsourcing Medical Annotations
  • Grand Prize for DIVE+ at the LODLAM Challenge
  • 1st Prize EuroITV’10 Competition Grand Challenge: Waisda? Video Tagging Game
  • 3rd Prize 2007 Semantic Web Challenge Award: Cultural Heritage Information Presentation
  • Best Journal Paper 2008 (James Chen Annual Award for Best UMUAI Article): The Effects of Transparency on Trust in and Acceptance of a Content-based Art Recommender
  • 5 keynotes at international venues and many invited lectures 
  • Patent for the work on providing Electronic Program Guides (filed 13/05/09; granted 21/12/10)
  • Popular press coverage: interviews and items on radio, in newspapers and magazines.

Professional activities highlights

  • Conference Chair: European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2010)
  • Program Chair: International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC2011)
  • Program Chair: European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC2009)
  • Special Track Chair:
    • Web Science Track @WWW2015
    • HCI Track @EuroITV2011 
    • AI and the Web track @AAAI2010
    • Education Track @ WWW2005
    • Interactive Events @ International AI-ED Conference 2005
  • Doctoral Consortium Chair:
    • ISWC2006, UMAP2012, ISWC2013, WWW2013
  • Conference Proceedings Editor
    • “The Semantic Web”, ISWC’06, ISWC’11, Springer.
    • “The Semantic Web: Research and Applications”, ESWC’09, ESWC’10, Springer
  • Journal Guest Editor of Special Issues 
    • AI and Cultural Heritage, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2009;
    • Intelligent Educational Systems, IEEE Intelligent Systems, 2007;
    • Concepts & Ontologies in WBES, IJCEELL, 2004;
    • Software Agents in Education, IJCEELL, 2002;
    • Intelligent Agents for Education and Training Systems, JILR, 2001
  • Workshop Proceedings Editor for more than 15 workshops and tutorials at international conferences.

Advisory & Board Membership Activities 

  • Vice-president User Modeling Inc (2014 – present)
  • Vice-president STI International (2014 – present)
  • Area Assignment: Creative Industry @Amsterdam Data Science (2015 – present)
  • Evaluation committee: National Dutch Science Foundation (NWO) Creative Industry Mar 2015
  • CHAT White Paper writing group: Cultural Heritage Advanced Technologies (CHAT) (2013-2014)
  • Advisory Board: IRL (Irish Record Linkage) (2015)
  • Advisory Board: EuropeanaTech (2015)
  • Advisory Board: User Modeling Inc. (2010 – 2013)
  • Steering Committee: European Semantic Web Conference (2010 – 2013)
  • Editorial Board member: International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), (five-year impact factor 2.513).
  • Editorial Board member: UMUAI Journal (Journal of Personalization Research), Kluwer Academic, (five-year impact factor 2.438).
  • Editorial Board member: Semantic Web Journal, IOS Press.
  • Project Reviewer: for various EU projects
  • Review panel: on various funding agencies, e.g. DFG German Graduate Schools, FWF Austrian Science Fund, etc.
  • Advisory Committee: CATCHPlus 2009 (Dutch National Research Funding Organization); and Program Working Group: CATCH2 2009 (Dutch National Research Funding Organization)
  • Evaluator: for various EU and International grants, e.g. Research Council of Canada
  • Reviewer for more than 6 journals, such as, Journal of Web Semantics, Elsevier, (impact factor 3.023), IEEE Internet Computing, (five-year impact factor: 3.245), Applied Ontology (Interdisciplinary Journal of Ontological Analysis and Conceptual Modeling), IOS Press.
  • I have served on more than 30 program committees for peer-reviewed (top) venues, as well as more than 15 international peer-reviewed workshops. A selection of the conference PC memberships is included below: International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC’05 – ’11), International Conference on Knowledge Capture (K-CAP’09 – ’13), European Conference on Interactive TV and Video (EuroITV’10 – ’12), International EKAW Conference (EKAW’10), International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (IUI’10 – ’12), ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’10), International World Wide Web Conference (WWW’05,’10 – ’13), European Semantic Web Conference (ESWC’07 – ’13), User Modeling Conference (UM’05,’07, UMAP’09 – ’13), Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIED’05 – ’09), IEEE/ACM WI: Web Intelligence and Intelligent Agent Technologies Conference (’04,’05), IFIP AI’06, Artificial Intelligence Applications and Innovations (’04,’05), ACM SAC’04, ICAI: Artificial Intelligence (’02,’04)


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