Chris Develder is associate professor with the research group IDLab in the Dept. of Information Technology (INTEC) at Ghent University – imec, Ghent, Belgium. He received the MSc degree in computer science engineering and a PhD in electrical engineering from Ghent University (Ghent, Belgium), in Jul. 1999 and Dec. 2003 respectively. From Jan. 2004 to Aug. 2005, he worked for OPNET Technologies, on (optical) network design and planning. In Sep. 2005, he re-joined INTEC as a postdoctoral researcher (with an FWO fellowship for 2006-2012). In Oct. 2007 he obtained a part-time, and since Feb. 2010 a fulltime professorship at Ghent University. He has stayed as a research visitor at UC Davis, CA, USA (Jul.-Oct. 2007) and at Columbia University, NY, USA (Jan. 2013 – Jun. 2015). He was and is involved in various national and European research projects (e.g., FP7 Increase, FP7 C-DAX, H2020 CPN).
Chris currently leads two research teams within IDLab, one on converting text to knowledge (i.e., NLP, mostly information extraction using machine learning), the other on data analytics and machine learning for smart grids. He also has a substantial track record in optical networking (dimensioning, modeling, optimization, especially for grid/cloud computing). He has co-authored over 200 refereed publications in international conferences and journals. He is Senior Member of IEEE and Member of ACM.