Michael Cochez

Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


I am an Assistant Professor in the Learning and Reasoning group (formerly part of the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. The subjects covered in my research are related to

  • Machine Learning and Graphs
    • Knowledge Graph Embedding
    • Including Knowledge Graphs into end-to-end ML models
    • Approximate query answering
  • Knowledge Representation
    • Prototype-Based Ontologies
    • Knowledge Evolution and Matching
    • Ontology Learning and Matching

I have also worked on

  • Evolutionary Computing (Optimization)
  • Frequent Pattern Mining
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Version control in IT education
  • Scalable Hierarchical Clustering

I do teach various topics related to Intelligent Systems, Data Mining, and Machine learning.

Earlier,I have been teaching courses on Service Oriented Architecture, cloud computing, (big) data analysis, and multi-agent systems.

I am Belgian and lived for a long time in Wilrijk, which is a district of Antwerp. I went to the University of Antwerp, where I got my Bachelor of information systems degree after spending one year as an exchange student at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Right after, I started my master studies at that same university in Finland and after graduation continued as a doctoral student. These studies were guided by Professor in Distributed Systems Vagan Terziyan and Professor of Computational Intelligence Optimisation Ferrante Neri. After my PhD, I became a postdoctoral researcher at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT and was based at the RWTH University in Aachen (Germany). At the Fraunhofer institute I was hosted by Professor Stefan Decker. Meanwhile, I also was a part-time postdoc at the University of Jyväskylä and I was a scientific advisor for WE-OPT-IT Oy (former MyOpt Oy).

More details on my activities can be found from my CV.