Luc De Raedt
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Department of Computer Science
Celestijnenlaan 200A (Room 02.26)
Phone:+32 16 32 7834
Fax: +32 16 32 79 96
Luc De Raedt received his degree in Computer Science (Licentiaat Informatica) from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in 1986 and his Ph.D. in Computer Science (Dr. Informatica) from the same university in 1991. He worked at the Department of Computer Science of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) from 1986 till 1999, where he held positions as teaching assistant (1986-1991), post-doctoral researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders (1991-1999), part-time assistant professor (1993-1998) and part-time associate professor (1998-1999). From 1999 till 2006 he was a (full) Professor (C4) of Computer Science of the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg and chair of the Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing Lab research group. At Freiburg, he was a director of the International Master of Applied Computer Science program. Since 2006, he has taken up a (full) research professorship (BOF) at the Department of Computer Science of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), where he joined the lab for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence. He lectures at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and has also lectured at the Universities of Freiburg, Namur, Basel and Sienna. He was a member of the visition commission "Informatica" in the Netherlands (2006-2007) and "Kunstmatige Intelligentie" (2014-15).
Luc De Raedt's research interests are in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Mining, as well as their applications. He is currently working on probabilistic logic learning (sometimes called statistical relational learning), which combines probabilistic reasoning methods with logical representations and machine learning, the automation of data science (in his ERC project), the integration of constraint programming with data mining and machine learning principles, the development of programming languages for machine learning, and analyzing graph and network data. He is also interested in applications of these methods to chemo- and bio-informatics, to natural language processing, vision, robotics and action- and activity learning.
He has been a coordinator or a principle investigator in several European and national projects, such as the ESPRIT III and IV projects on Inductive Logic Programming I and II, the EU FP 5 and 6 IST FET projects on Application of Probabilistic Inductive Logic Programming II, the ESPRIT IV project Aladin, the EU FP 5 IST FET project cInQ (Consortium on Inductive Querying), the EU FP 6 FET project IQ (Inductive Querying) and the recent EU FP 7 projects BISON (Bisociation Networks) and FIRST-MM (Flexible Skill Acquisition and Intuitive Robot Tasking for Mobile Manipulation in the Real World). He received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council in 2015-16, the SYNTH project (Synthesising Inductive Data Models) is concerned with the automation of data science.
He was program (co)-chair of the 7th European Conference on Machine Learning (1994, Catania, Sicily), the 5th International Workshop on Inductive Logic Programming (1995, Leuven, Belgium), the key organiser and co-chair of the program committees of the 5th European Conference on Principles and Practice of Knowledge Discovery in Databases and the 12th European Conference on Machine Learning. These conferences were co-located in Freiburg, September 2001. In 2005, he chaired (together with Stefan Wrobel) the program committee of the 22nd International Conference on Machine Learning. He is an area editor of the Theory and Practice of Logic Programming, an action editor for Artificial Intelligence, the Journal of Machine Learning Research and the Machine Learning Journal, a former member of the advisory board and a former associate editor of the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research, a member of the editorial boards of New Generation Computing, AI Communications, Informatica, Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, and the Journal of Applied Logic. He was an elected and founding member of the board of the International Machine Learning Society from 2004-2011. In 2005, he was elected as an ECCAI fellow. In 2012, he was the program chair of the 20th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2012) in Montpellier.