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At the Radboud Universiteit, I teach the bachelor-level course Requirements Engineering and I coordinate the master-level course System Approaches to Information and Organizations. The latter course is an introduction to and overview of the Master Information Sciences, of which I am the coordinator.

Are you a student Information Science or Computer Science at the Radboud Universiteit and interested in carrying out your master or bachelor project under my supervision? Have a look at my topics or simply make an appointment.

Between 2011 and 2017, I was responsible for the Master-level lecture series "User Modelling and Personalisation" at the Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. As can be observed from the slides (available online), I put a strong emphasis on the intuition behind statistical methods, predictive techniques, evaluation setups and design approaches. I believe that examples and discussions of advantages and drawbacks of several alternatives for different situations are more important than detailed, lengthy explanations of algorithms or statistical tests (for this, we use a wide range of hands-on exercises).

I use the same approach when supervising students or doctoral candidates. Within the context of their assigned or chosen research project, they have a lot of freedom in further specifying their research focus, as long as they can explain the rationale.

In the context of the Seminar "Advanced Topics in Web Science", we organise reading groups in which recently published papers are thoroughly read and discussed. This has proven to be a very engaging way to connect theory and lecture content to inspiring research outcomes or engaging systems and demonstrators.

Promoted Ph.D. students

At the L3S (daily supervisor)

Ricardo Kawase, Leibniz University Hannover: Building and exploiting context on the web (2014)

Sergey Chernov, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany: Using Contextual and Social Links in Information Retrieval (2012)

External (member of the examination board)

Charlie Abela, University of Malta: Behavior Mining for Personalised Desktop Tool-
Support (2016)

Francesco Osborne, University of Turin: Propagating User Interests In Ontology-
Based User Models (2014)

Amjad W. Hawash, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy: Introducing Groups to an Annotation
System (2014)

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Privacy Engineering, User Modeling, Personalization, Recommendation, Web Usage Mining, Data Analysis and Visualization, Usability, Evaluation

Dr. Ir. Eelco Herder
Associate Professor
Human-Centered Computing Group
Information and Computing Sciences
Utrecht University

Buys Ballotgebouw
Princetonplein 5
3584 CC Utrecht
The Netherlands