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(Longer) research visits

  • University of Bremen (visiting Thorsten Dickhaus), May 2023

  • LMU Munich (visiting Thomas Augustin), January 2023

  • Otto von Güricke Universität Magdeburg (visiting Alexandra Carpentier), October-December 2020

  • University of Copenhagen (visiting Sadegh Talebi), August 2020

  • University of Alberta, Edmonton (visiting Csaba Szepesvári), February 2020

  • Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg (visiting Alexandra Carpentier), November 2019

  • SequeL, Inria Lille (visiting Emilie Kaufmann and Michal Valko), April-August 2019



My PhD research was carried out at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI, the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands), in the Machine Learning group, under supervision of Peter Grünwald. This work resulted in my dissertation Bayesian Learning: Challenges, Limitations and Pragmatics, which got me my PhD from Leiden University. My promotores were Peter Grünwald and Jacqueline Meulman, and my co-promotor was Wouter Koolen. My PhD position was funded by the Leiden IBM-SPSS fund.

After my PhD I was a visiting postdoc for 6 months at the Institut für Mathematische Stochastik (IMST), Fakultät für Mathematik (FMA) in the Otto von Guericke Universität in Magdeburg, where I worked with Alexandra Carpentier. My position was funded by the Leiden IBM-SPSS fund, hence my affiliation with Leiden University, where I (remotely) worked with Jacqueline Meulman on the IBM-SPSS project.

After that, I was a postdoc for two months at INRIA Lille - Nord Europe, before continuing there on my own Rubicon grant from the Dutch Research Council. I was part of the SCOOL research group, where I worked with Emilie Kaufmann; and a guest researcher at CWI, the Dutch national research institute for mathematics and computer science.

Until August 2020 I was a board member of the European Women in Mathematics – The Netherlands, the Dutch association of women professional mathematicians.

Until January 2019 I worked one day a week at Leiden University with Jacqueline Meulman as coordinator of the MSc programme Statistical Science.

I obtained a BSc in Mathematics from the University of Groningen and a MSc in Mathematics cum laude (with honours) from Leiden University. I also hold a Bachelor of Music from the Prins Claus Conservatoire and a Master of Music from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, both in Classical music - Horn.


I like cycling, running, learning languages and classical singing. I'm a contralto, and sing in the VU-Kamerkoor and many side-projects. Sometimes I still play the horn in short orchestra projects, and I also play percussion.