Jilles Vreeken
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Jilles Vreeken
Jilles Vreeken

Jilles Vreeken is the group leader (W2) of the Independent Research Group on Exploratory Data Analysis at the DFG cluster of excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. In addition, he is a Senior Researcher in D5, the Databases and Information Systems group of prof. Gerhard Weikum, of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics.

His research interests include data mining and machine learning, exploratory data analysis and pattern mining. He is particularly interested in developing well-founded theory and efficient methods for extracting informative models and characteristic patterns from large data, and putting these to good use. He has authored over 70 conference and journal papers, 3 book chapters, won the 2010 ACM SIGKDD Doctoral Dissertation Runner-Up Award, and two best (student) paper awards.

He was tutorial chair for SIAM SDM 2017, program co-chair for ECML PKDD 2016, publicity co-chair for IUI 2015, sponsorship co-chair for ECML PKDD 2014, and workshop co-chair of IEEE ICDM 2012. He co-organised nine workshops and four tutorials. He is a member of the editorial board of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (DAMI) and of the ECML PKDD Journal Track Guest Editorial Board, in addition he regularly reviews for TKDD, KAIS, TKDE, as well as for KDD, ICDM, SDM, ECML PKDD.

He obtained his M.Sc. in Computer Science from Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands. He pursued his Ph.D. at the same university under supervision of Arno Siebes, and defended his thesis 'Making Pattern Mining Useful' in 2009. Between 2009 and 2013 he was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, supported by a Post-doctoral Fellowship of the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO).