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About Stijn

My name is Stijn Vermeeren (how to pronounce my name). I am 35 years old.

I am originally from Aarschot, Belgium. Since 2013, I live in Zürich, Switzerland.

Data Scientist and Scala Software Engineer

Since June 2013, I work as Lead Algorithm Engineer for Starmind in Zürich, Switzerland. My work involves machine learning, natural language processing, data science and software engineering in Scala.


I have a Bachelor in Mathematics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Mathematics (Part III) from the University of Cambridge and a PhD in Mathematical Logic from the University of Leeds. On the mathematics page you can find more information on my research.

In 2015, I won a First Prize at the Vlaamse Wiskunde Olympiade and a Honourable Mention at the International Mathematical Olympiad in Mexico. I still enjoy different kinds of problem solving competitions such as IBM Ponder This and the NBV Kerstpuzzel.


Hiker and mountaineer

I was active in the Leeds University Union Hiking Club from 2009 to 2013. Since moving to Switzerland, I head into the Alps as often as possible. I like to do challenging alpine hikes and scambles, as well as via ferrata. I am also trying to get more experience in mountaineering and ski touring. I write detailed reports on Hikr for many of my hikes.

Go player

I have been studying and playing the board game of Go since 2010. After participating in my first official tournament in 2016, I'm now officially ranked as a 2 yku (EGF). Every once in a while, I show up at the Zürich Go Club.

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