Peter Grünwald's Mini-Resume
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Previous Employment, Education
- July 2001-March 2005:
Research Position at CWI. One day a
week research fellow at EURANDOM.
- 1998-2001: various postdoc positions and extended stays abroad: Stanford University,
California (1 year); EURANDOM, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
(1.5 year); UCSC (University
of California at Santa Cruz, 4 months)
- 1994-1998: Ph.D. student. Ph.D. in Mathematics and Computer
Science obtained in 1998, University of Amsterdam
(supervisor: Paul Vitányi).
- 1988-1994: bachelor and master's of Computer Science at the Free University
of Amsterdam, six months spent at IRIT / Université Paul
Sabatier in France.
- 1970: born in Geldrop, the Netherlands.
- 1994-now: Numerous shorter visits abroad, among which the University of
Helsinki (CoSCo group, 2
months, 1997); Ohio State University, Columbus (1 month, 2003); University
of Californa at Berkeley (1 month, 2008).
Publications -- Highlights
Peter Grünwald is author of the book The Minimum Description
Length Principle, MIT Press, 2007, the first comprehensive
overview of this exciting area. He has published in journals such as
the Annals of Statistics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society
Series B, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory,
Machine Learning, Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research and
Journal of Mathematical Psychology, and in conferences such as
NIPS, COLT, UAI, IJCAI and ISIT -- all of them among the main
conferences in their respective fields (machine learning, reasoning
under uncertainty, artificial intelligence, information theory).
Due to his involvement in the case of Lucia de Berk, he has been
interviewed by Vrij Nederland (December 2006) and (twice) by
Dutch public television (Een Vandaag) (March 2007, April 2008)
and has been quoted in Nature (January 2007). He was mentioned
on the front page of the daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad and in
the Volkskrant (November 2007).
Click here for a list of all his
- general chair of UAI
2011 conference, co-program chair of UAI 2010 conference.
- Chairman of the Jury of the VvS+OR Thesis Award (2011-now).
- member DNA Advisory Committee of the Dutch Ministry of Justice for the to-be-created
Dutch Register for Forensic Experts (since June 2009) ("DNA normstellende
commissie van het Nederlands Register Gerechtelijk Deskundigen"). The task is
to set formal requirements for experts testifying on DNA evidence in Dutch
served on program and senior program committees of several major
international conferences (e.g. ICML 2008, UAI 2001/2004, COLT
2002/2004/2007/2011, AISTATS 2005, AAAI 2006, ISIPTA 2005/2007,
- steering committee member and workshop programme
manager of the European Union Sixth Framework Network of
(2003-2008), and steering committee member of the
successor network PASCAL-2 (2008-2012).
thesis co-adviser (with P. Vitanyi) of R. Cilibrasi (2007),
S. de Rooij (2008), W. Koolen (2011, Cum
Laude), and sole thesis advisor of T. van Erven (2010).
Reading committee member for three more Ph.D. theses.
- member of the review committee for the NWO VENI innovation grants
(2008, 2009, 2010).
Awards, Prizes (highlights)
- 2010: co-recipient (with H. van Zanten) of the Van Dantzig
Prize, the highest Dutch award in Statistics and
Operations Research, handed out once every five years to a
researcher not yet 40.
- 2010: NWO (NWO is the Netherlands Organization
for Scientific Research) VICI-grant, for the project
- 2004: NWO
VIDI-grant, for the project Learning when all models
- 1999: Ph.D. thesis was
co-awarded the 1999 FoLLI Outstanding
Dissertation Prize for outstanding Ph.D. theses
in the fields of Language, Logic and
- 1998: NWO TALENT-grant
- various other travel and research grants (NWO and HSSS
travel grants, NWO open competion and PASCAL pump priming
Invitations (a few highlights)
Peter Grünwald has
given overview talks about and invited tutorials on MDL at several institutes.
- Invited speaker at the 2012
Bayes Lectures , Edinburgh, UK; the WITMSE 2012
Conference , Amsterdam, the Netherlands; the
workshop on the Foundations on Ockham's Razor, Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh,
2008, the 2008 Information Theory Workshop, Porto,
Portugal; UAI and COLT 2008, Helsinki, Finland; BeNeLearn 2007 in Amsterdam, the 2005 Graybill
Conference on Statistics in Information Technology in
Colorado, the Amsterdam
workshop on Model Selection,2004, University of Amsterdam,
the Annual NVTI Dutch Theoretical Computer
Science Day, Utrecht, 2004, the DIMACS workshop on Complexity and
Inference, 2003, Rutgers University,
New Jersey, USA, and ITW
2002, Bangalore, India, 2002.
- Panel Member Tumult Debat and Kenniscafe about the role of the
scientist as expert witness in court cases, November 2008, Utrecht.
- Several Mini-Lectures on statistics at Beta en Recht (The Sciences and
The Law), a workshop for Dutch judges and public
- Various invitations to both Dagstuhl (computer science) and
Oberwolfach (mathematics) seminars.
- Invited session organizer at the annual meeting of the IMS
(Institute of Mathematical Statistics), August 2006, Rio de Janeiro.
- Invited lecturer at the 2003 summer
school on machine learning, Max
Planck Institut, Tübingen, Germany, 2003.
Organized Workshops and Conferences General chair of UAI 2011 conference,
co-program chair of UAI 2010
conference. Co-organizer of the workshop EURANDOM 1998-2008: a
decade of research (Eindhoven, the Netherlands, August 2008), Recent Breakthroughs in
MDL Learning (Helsinki, Finland, July 2008). Also co-organizer of
the EURANDOM/PASCAL workshop Notions
of Complexity, Eindhoven, 2004; the EURANDOM
Workshop on Statistical Learning in Classification and Model
Selection, January 2003; co-organizer and workshop chair of
on recent developments in MDL Methods, held during the 2001 annual
NIPS (Neural Information Processing) conference. He was local co-chair
of the 2001 COLT conference, held July 16-July 19 2001 in Amsterdam,
the Netherlands. In 1997 he was co-organizer of a Mini-Symposium on
Model Selection, Bloomington, Indiana.
Last updated: July 2012.
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