Michael Cochez

Assistant Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


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

  • Data Mining and Analysis
    • Knowledge Graph Embedding
    • Including Knowledge Graphs into end-to-end ML models
    • Scalable Hierarchical Clustering
    • Evolutionary Computing (Optimization)
    • Frequent Pattern Mining
  • Knowledge Representation
    • Prototype-Based Ontologies
    • Knowledge Evolution and Matching
    • Ontology Learning and Matching

I have also worked on

  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Version control in IT education

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.