- Information Modelling and Databases
- Research Seminar Data Science (Rubric)
- Reflection and Vocational Orientation (mentor)
- Research Internship (Osiris)
- Master thesis (Osiris)
- Bachelor thesis
Please contact me for open Research Internships, BSc thesis and MSc thesis projects.
- Comparison of fairness measures for search: Learning-to-rank methods for search engines (machine learning for search) optimize for clicks and may therefore results in biased results or results that are unfairly amplify click-bate and hate-speech. In this research, you develop methods for measuring the fairness of results and compare existing methods, for instance on simulated data
- A bittorrent-based distributed file system: Design and evaluate a file system (inspired by for instance the Google file system) that uses bittorrent/webtorrent to distribute blocks of data over multiple machines and makes sure the replication level is sufficiently high such that no data is lost and the file system remains (eventually) consistent.
- Federated Search (Data Science/Software Science):
Research approaches that combine the results from multiple, independent and non-cooperative (in the sense that they do not share their index) search engines
- Ranked federated search for the Clarin Virtual Language Observatory (VLO): Clarin is the European Research Infrastructure for Language Resources and Technology. The project should answer the question” How to model ranking, and how does it improve the quality (and efficiency) of Clarin’s content search engine?
- Federated crawling for the Open Search Foundation: There has been a lot of work on distributed crawling, where there is full cooperation between (geographically) distributed crawlers and all nodes use the same central crawling policy. In federated crawling there is no such central policy, each participant decides what to crawl. A node may reject crawling a url; there may be overlap in pages crawled by different nodes; a node may follow some nodes or block other nodes. What would be the effects of such requirements? In this project, you implement a federated crawler or simulate a crawler using a large existing web crawl such as CommonCrawl.
- Can we use techniques from information retrieval or machine learning to improve the open source federated virtual assistant Stanford’s Almond?
- Federated Learning (Data Science):
Research approaches that divides machine learning over multiple independent and private data sources
- TAKEN: Federated learning for the Personal Health Train. Develop and evaluate machine learning approaches using data lakes of Health care providers. The Personal Health Train provide FAIR data layers in which structured data is provided in a standard way. The data is available by federated queries and analysis. Goal: develop a federated machine learning approach using unstructured data, such as clinical notes entered by health practitioners. This project is done at the RUMC.
- Federated Learning-to-Rank: Learn a (personalized) search engine (re-)ranker that never leaves the user’s device.
- Federated Social networks (Data Science/Software Science):
- Ephemeral Social networking (Software Science):
Based on the W3C standard ActivityPub, design an ephemeral social network (in which most posts are removed after some time) and compare its network/storage/memory/cpu load compared to durable solutions like Mastodon.
- Secure federated communication (Digital Security):
Design/adapt an end-to-end encrypted solution for ActivityPub-based social networking: How to handle multiple devices and heterogeneous networks?
- Transitioning the RU to self-hosted, federated, solutions (Information Sciences): For, for instance, self-hosted web analytics, social networking, or video streaming: What are the user requirements? What solutions meet these requirements? What are additional benefits (for instance more autonomy for employees and students)? How to show this with a proof-of-concept (more info).
- Ephemeral Social networking (Software Science):
- With Nedap Healthcare, Groenlo Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing:
Clinical Natural Language Processing / De-identification of medical records.
- With RUMC, Nedap Healthcare and Leiden University: MSc thesis project on Generating synthetic clinical data for shared Machine Learning tasks.
- Bias in Machine Learning: evaluating spam filters for bias (see: Spam filters are efficient and uncontroversial. Until you look at them)
- Ad blocker detection detection: How many sites detect ad blockers and ask users to remove them? (per country/category)
- “Fat head”, “best of the web” web index. Create a web index that contains the “essential” web, the web that answers the most common queries, using query statistics from SEO companies like ahrefs. What is the trade-off? What is the smallest web index that answers most queries? What is the smallest index that answers the top 10% of queries? etc.
- Research Experiments in Databases and Information Retrieval (REDI): Master Course Computer Science (2010-2013, 2015, 2017) [course syllabus]
- Foundations of Information Retrieval: Master Course Computer Science & Human Media Interaction (2016-2018; joint effort with Theo Huibers and Dolf Trieschnigg) [course info]
- Advanced Research Projects in Information Retrieval: Master Course Computer Science & Human Media Interaction (2016-2018; joint effort with Theo Huibers and Dolf Trieschnigg) [course info]
- Search Engine Technology: CuriousU Summer School course (2017, joint effort with Dolf Trieschnigg) [course info]
- Data Science: M.Sc. Course Computer Science & Business Information Technology [course info] (2013-2017)
- Information Retrieval: Master Course Computer Science & Human Media Interaction (joint effort with Theo Huibers and Dolf Trieschnigg) [course info] (2004-2015)
- Web Science: B.Sc. Course. High Tech Human Touch [course info], 2015
- Managing Big Data: Master Course Computer Science (joint effort with Robin Aly) [course info] (2012-2015).
- Advanced Database Systems: Graduate Course Computer Science [course info] (2013-2015).
- Databases: Undergraduate course Computer Science [course info] (2013-2015).
- Data & Information: Undergraduate Module [course info]
- XML & Databases 1: Master Course Computer Science (joint effort with Maurice van Keulen) [course info]
- Distributed Data Processing using MapReduce: Master Course Computer Science (joint effort with Maarten Fokkinga) [course info], 2009-2011
- Advanced Database Systems: Master Course Computer Science [vist], 2001-2009
- XML & Databases 2: Master Course Computer Science (joint effort with Maurice van Keulen) [vist], 2003-2009
- Study advisor for the Computer Science master track Information Systems Engineering, 2004 – 2007
- Bijzondere Onderwerpen Gegevensbanken (“Capita Selecta Databases’’), 2001 – 2003
- Gedistribueerde databases en middlewaretechnologie, 2001 – 2003
- Informatica en Taal (“Computer Science and Language’’), 2001
- Lectures “Introduction to Multimedia’’, “Multimedia Databases’’, and “Multimedia Retrieval’’ in the course Advanced distributed multimedia database systems 1, 2004
- Lectures “Data Models’’ and “Storage and Access Methods’’ in Databasetoepassingen (‘’Database Applications’’), 2002
- Lectures “Object-Oriented Databases’’ in Gegevensbanken, (“Databases’’), 2002
- Lectures “Information Retrieval’’, “Markov models’’ and “Part-of-Speech tagging’’ in the course
Taaltechnologie (“Language Technology’’), 1997 – 2004
- Lectures “Language Technology for Information Retrieval’’ in the course Information Retrieval en Kennisbeheer, 1999 – 2003