Stef van den Elzen wins Gerrit van Dijk Award at Dutch Data Science Awards

Stef van den Elzen received the Gerrit van Dijk Award, which is awarded to the researcher with the best PhD thesis in the field of data science. The choice, made by a jury with members of The Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (KHMW) and the Big Data Alliance (BDA), was based on the extent to which the research contributes to the relevant field of study and / or the (social) impact of the research, the soundness, originality, and clarity of the work.

Under supervision of Jack van Wijk in the Visualization group of Mathematics & Computer Science, Stef graduated in 2015 with the PhD thesis "Interactive Visualization of Dynamic Multivariate Networks". For this thesis, he developed groundbreaking visualization techniques, enabling him to gain insights into extremely complex and continuously changing data sets with billions of data.

He already received several best paper awards and the 2016 TU/e PhD Thesis Award for his thesis. His research was funded by SynerScope, where he currently works as visualization architect.

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