I am a (tenure track) assistant professor in computer science at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and member of SOFT. My main research focus is on various aspects of modern, scalable big data systems, including query processing with formal optimality guarantees, high-available transaction processing, and querying of linked data.
I obtained a Ph.D. from Hasselt University in 2017 under the advice of Frank Neven and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where I worked with Christoph Koch. As a Ph.D. student, I did internships at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Wisconsin in Madison. My research has been awarded best paper awards at the ACM PODS Conference (the year 2014 and 2015), the 2018 European Association for Theoretical Computer Science distinguished dissertation award, and also the 2019 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award Honorable Mention.