Dr. Stijn Vermeeren

Angestellt, Project Lead Data Science, Bundesamt für Landestopografie swisstopo

Zürich, Switzerland

About me

I started a new role as Project Lead Data Science at swisstopo in July 2023, after a 10 month sabbatical to travel Europe and Latin America. I am a PhD in mathematics with nine years of professional experience in data science at the Swiss company Starmind, where I built up all the AI technology almost from scratch, as well as recruiting and mentoring a total of ten other data scientists. I excel at managing and breaking down complexity in software systems and data pipelines, and at explaining complicated concepts to a wider audience. I love challenging mathematical problems, logical puzzles, learning foreign languages, hiking and skiing in the mountains, and strategical board game such as go and chess.

Skills

Mathematics
Software development
Machine Learning
Data Science
Scala
Natural Language Processing (NLP)

Timeline

Professional experience for Stijn Vermeeren

  • Current 1 year, since Jul 2023

    Project Lead Data Science

    Bundesamt für Landestopografie swisstopo

  • 9 years and 3 months, Jun 2013 - Aug 2022

    Head of AI

    Starmind

    Started as the only full-time data scientist for a 3-year old start-up, grew into leading a team of eight other data scientists in a successful scale-up. Key topics: data science, machine learning, natural language processing, team lead, recruitment, owner of several micro-services programmed in Scala and Python.

Educational background for Stijn Vermeeren

  • 3 years and 8 months, Oct 2009 - May 2013

    Mathematics

    University of Leeds

  • 9 months, Oct 2008 - Jun 2009

    Mathematics

    University of Cambridge

  • 2 years and 11 months, Sep 2005 - Jul 2008

    Mathematics

    Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Languages

  • English

    Fluent

  • Dutch

    First language

  • German

    Fluent

  • French

    Intermediate

  • Italian

    Intermediate

  • Spanish

    Intermediate

  • Norwegian

    Basic

  • Swedish

    Basic

  • Danish

    Basic

Interests

Hiking
mountaineering
go (board game)
languages

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