Hi, I'm Wouter, and I'm incurably curious.
I am an Assistant Professor in Data Mining at the
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.
My research revolves around Exceptional Model Mining (EMM): a local pattern
mining method where we seek subsets of the dataset that are
interesting, which they are if they satisfy two conditions.
On the one hand, they must be interpretable: we must be able to succinctly describe the definition of a subgroup, so that the knowledge that they represent becomes actionable. On the other hand, they must be exceptional: they must display some kind of behavior that sets them apart from the overall population. The scientific challenges revolve around how to efficiently search for subgroups, and how to express exceptional behavior such that the subgroups we find are meaningful.
CV (last updated: September 08, 2023)
Now hiring! Fully funded 5-year PhD-TA position
I am looking for a motivated candidate to fill
a fully funded 5-year PhD-TA position.
The successful candidate will divide their time between 75% research and 25%
teaching duties. See here for an outline
of the intended research agenda. Your research ought to culminate in a
successfully defended PhD dissertation; your teaching duties ought to enable
you to satisfy the demands of the Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs
(Certificate University Teaching Qualification in Higher Education). Hence,
success in this position sets you up with a CV tailored to advance your
I posted this position before; the sudden arrival of more funding enables
me to hire another person.
How to Cheat the Page Limit
I am one of the Proceedings Chairs of ECMLPKDD 2024. I am reprising this role
from previous editions: for the 2022 edition, we wrote
a report on our findings, updating our 2020 paper
to Cheat the Page Limit.
Sound of Science #16
Flemish comedian and science fanatic Lieven Scheire presents a podcast at TU/e,
called Sound of
Science. In this podcast, he discusses the last scientific discoveries
and the role of technology in society with researchers and students. In
he and I talked about my work (in Dutch). NLP researchers are invited to
use this episode as a training set to let their algorithms distinguish a
Vlaams from a Rotterdams accent in the Dutch language.
You can find my full publication list
sorted by category here, and
sorted by year here.
In addition to a new data mining method, our IDA 2020 paper also introduces a
dataset, publicly available for research
purposes free of charge. It is a run to failure time series library,
where the primary task is to predict the Remaining Useful Life of a gel
filter in a chemical plant. You can find more details and the dataset itself