Welcome to my humble internet home

My name is Martijn van Otterlo and I'm an artificial intelligence researcher with a keen eye for implications of smart algorithms. I am working at the Vrije Universiteit (VU), in the Knowledge, Information and Innovation (KIN) group of the faculty of the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration (FEWEB). In that group I am part of the Amsterdam Center for Business Analytics (ACBA) in which Mathematics and Computer Science and Business Administration come together, and I'm also affiliated with Data Science Alkmaar (DSA). Overall, I'm a data science researcher working in the Amsterdam Academic Alliance Data Science (AAA-DS) which is a joint research programme from Uva, VU and Hva.

I did my PhD on relational reinforcement learning at Twente University in the Netherlands (partially also at the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands, and the University of Freiburg in Germany). From 2008-2011 I was a postdoc at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium and from 2011-2014 I taught artificial intelligence at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

My research interests are centered around two themes. The main theme is based in artificial intelligence and is about probabilistic logical approaches to vision-action learning. It involves reinforcement learning, computational logic, computer vision and robots. Basically, it's about giving mathematical cookies to robots such that they learn.

The second theme is based in ethics and digital humanities: the influence of intelligent algorithms on privacy and surveillance, but also such diverse things as digital innovation processes and intellectual privacy. I call this Algorithmology. In other words, I keep an eye on the same kind of AI technology that may one day sneek up from behind...

Feel free to look around.