I am, amongst other things, a researcher and engineer educated in computer science and software engineering. I have a formal education in computer science, with my MSc and doctoral research focused on algorithmics related to text and tree pattern matching, with applications in processing of texts, DNA sequences, and network traffic; and in compiler instruction selection, tree transformations, and more.
More recently, my research focus is more in model driven engineering, domain-specific languages, generative programming, and domain engineering (a.k.a. product family engineering, product line engineering). In particular, my focus is on such domain engineering for algorithmic domains, using formal problem domain models (algorithm taxonomies) with correctness arguments for the included algorithms as a primary ingredient.
I am a researcher in the Software Engineering Technology (SET) group at my alma mater, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e) in the Netherlands, and a research associate at Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa. As of July 2016, I am also a visiting academic at the Institute of Software Engineering and Automotive Informatics (ISF) at TU Braunschweig in Germany.
Orthogonal to my professional background, I am a Dutchman convinced of the advantages of European cooperation, yet with a particular fondness for certain other parts of the world, an avid reader, and someone with wide ranging interests. Despite being European, I have a passion for South Africa and the San Francisco Bay area. I lived in the last for a year (in Berkeley, CA) and quickly found out that the area and its people do not represent a cross section of the USA and American society. I spend time in South Africa regularly since 2004, spending over two and a half years there so far. I continue to be amazed by its natural beauty and diversity yet also by the contrast with its less positive aspects: poverty and crime.
I have been an avid reader from early youth on, often reading whatever I could get my hands on and seeming totally disconnected from my environment while reading, as my family can testify. I like to read literature, history, historical fiction, science fiction, and the occasional fantasy book. I also take an interest in politics, information technology, economics, and (international) news in general. Last but not least, I am a regular runner and hiker, and occasionally partake in bouldering and climbing (mostly indoors so far).