Jefrey Lijffijt, Dr. Sc. (Tech)Me in Finland a long time ago.


I have recently been appointed as (Assistant) Professor at Ghent University, starting January 1, 2020.

I am acting as program chair this year for ECML-PKDD 2020 and BNAIC/BeNeLearn 2020, the top European ML/KDD and BeNeLux AI/ML conferences. ECML-PKDD 2020 will take place in Ghent, September 14-18. Deadlines for contributions can be found here.

I have an open position a motivated and qualified PhD student in machine learning for data visualization, see this advert.

Brief bio

Hi! I am Jefrey, Assistant Professor in Data Science, Knowledge Discovery, and Visual Analytics, at Ghent University's Internet and Data Lab (IDLab), in the Dept. of Electronics and Information Systems (ELIS) of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture.

What I do: Together with people in the AI & Data Analytics (AIDA) group, I design algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insight from data. My research is mostly about personalization, visualization, and interaction in data exploration.

Together, this triad of topics provides a powerful paradigm for building the next generation of data science tools.

Non-exhaustive list of active research topics:

Exploratory data mining, interactive data analysis, knowledge discovery, data visualisation, visual analytics, hypothesis testing, statistical significance, maximum entropy modeling, subjective interestingness, graph mining, natural language corpora.

Recent highlights (2020/late 2019)Prototype of one of our recent tools 'Data Untangler'.


Pre-prints (arXiv)




Contact info

IDLab, Ghent University, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 122, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium
+32 474 539 464

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Research grants

Tutorials, panels and invited talks

Community services

Organisation of conferences, workshops, panels

Editor for journals

Senior conference roles

Reviewer for journals

Program committee member for conferences and workshops



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