Bruxelles Team

Esteban Zimányi photo Esteban Zimányi is a professor and a director of the Department of Computer & Decision Engineering (CoDE). He started his studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Centro América, Costa Rica. He received a B.Sc. (1988) and a doctorate (1992) in computer science from the Faculty of Sciences at the ULB. His current research interests include data warehouses and business intelligence, semantic web and web services, geographic information systems and spatio-temporal databases. He has co-authored and co-edited 8 books and published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers on these topics. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal on Data Semantics (JoDS) published by Springer. He is the coordinator of the Erasmus Mundus Master and the Erasmus Mundus Doctorate “Information Technologies for Business Intelligence” (IT4BI). He has served as PC Chair for DOLAP 2009, General Chair for ER 2011, and on numerous program committees, including EDBT, ACM GIS, and DaWaK. He is a member of the ER Steering Committee.

Stijn Vansummeren photo Stijn Vansummeren is a professor at the CoDE Department of the ULB, where he teaches databases and web technologies. He received a Bachelor in Computer Science (1999) from the Faculty of Sciences at Hasselt University, Belgium; a Master in Computer Science (2001) from the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands; and a PhD in Science from Hasselt University, Belgium. His research work covers all aspects of data management, both traditional on the Web. His recent work focuses on aspects of provenance in scientific databases; database programming languages; the foundations of query languages for XML and RDF; and query processing on the Web.

Toon Calders photo Toon Calders graduated in 1999 from the University of Antwerp with a diploma in Mathematics. He received his PhD in Computer Science from the same university in May 2003, in the database research group ADReM, and continued working in the ADReM group as a postdoc until 2006. From 2006 till 2012 he was an assistant professor in the Information Systems group at the Eindhoven Technical University. In 2012 he joined the CoDE department at the ULB as a "Chargé de Cours" (associate professor). His main research interests include data mining and machine learning. Toon Calders published over 60 conference and journal papers in this research area and received several scientific awards for his works, including the recent "10 Year most influential paper" award for papers published in ECMLPKDD 2002. Toon Calders regularly serves in the program committees of important data mining conferences, including ACM SIGKDD, IEEE ICDM, ECMLPKDD, SIAM DM, was conference chair of the BNAIC 2009 and EDM 2011 conferences, and is a member of the editorial board of the Springer Data Mining journal and Area Editor for the Information Systems journal.

Yvon Molinghen photo Yvon Molinghen holds a degree in translation in English, Spanish and Russian delivered by the Université de Mons. After working as a French teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, between 1989 and 1992, he was hired by the head of the Student Mobility Office of Université Libre de Bruxelles to help manage study-abroad programs such as Erasmus and Tempus, which were becoming increasingly popular at the time. In 2001, as the Bologna process was catching momentum in Europe, he moved to the Education Department of the university where the harmonization of higher education curricula and degrees was being prepared. The “Bologna decree” was voted in 2004 in French-speaking Belgium, and the reform was implemented gradually until the whole system of Bachelors and Masters was finally in place in 2009. By then, Yvon felt he missed the pleasure of speaking foreign languages and dealing with international students, so he applied for a newly created position in the Faculty of Sciences: resource person for international affairs, exchange programs and admissions. In this job, he had frequent contacts with the ULB International Office and was offered to join the team in March of 2013. He is currently in charge of relations with European universities and institutional networks, as well as the promotion of European programs such as Erasmus+.

Charlotte Meurice photo Charlotte Meurice Charlotte Meurice has graduated in 2003 in International Trade. After her graduation, she has learned Spanish at The Universidad Complutense de Madrid and has traveled for three months in South-America. Charlotte has worked 7 years for Best Western hotels as quality assessor. She has completed her experience by working last year for Languages &Travel where she was in charge of the languages exchanges organization. In September 2015, she has started to work for the International Relations Office in the Exterior Relations Department at ULB in Brussels. From her office, the International Welcome Desk, Charlotte is the local administrator of the Erasmus Mundus IT4BI and IT4BI-DC programmes.

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