Curriculum Vitae

Full name and title for official stuff: Dr. T.A.L. van Erven


  • Senior Program Committee member for COLT 2015-2022
  • Senior Program Committee member for ALT 2022
  • Area Chair for NeurIPS 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Reviewer for, amongst others, COLT, ICML, NeurIPS, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the Journal of Machine Learning Research, Machine Learning, BNAIC/BeneLearn


2017 - present Organizing the Netherlands N(eur)IPS debriefing
2018 - present Co-organizing the thematic seminar with current theme machine learning
2019 Co-organizer of the Young European Statisticians workshop on the Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning
2016 - 2017 Local arrangements chair for the COLT 2017 machine learning conference in Amsterdam, together with Wouter Koolen
2016 - present Running the machine learning Nederland mailing list for machine learning in the Netherlands
2015 Organizer of the workshop Learning Faster from Easy Data II at NIPS 2015.
2008 Co-organizer of the workshop Recent Breakthroughs in MDL Learning (ICML/UAI/COLT, Helsinki, Finland)

Grants and Awards

2019 VIDI grant by the Dutch Research Council
2016 TOP grant, compartment 2 by the Dutch Research Council
2014 NIPS 2014 outstanding reviewer award
2011 Awarded a Rubicon grant by the Dutch Research Council to do a two-year postdoc in Paris with Pascal Massart
2009 A preprint of the paper Catching up faster by switching sooner won second prize in the student paper competition of the Risk Analysis Section of the American Statistical Association.
≤ 2006 Obtained both bachelor's and master's degree cum laude (with honors)


Here is a list of some of the classes I have taught.

Positions and Studies

2020 - present Associate professor in the Korteweg-de Vries Institute for Mathematics at the University of Amsterdam
2014 - 2020 Assistant professor in the statistics group at Leiden University
2012 - 2014 Postdoc at Université Paris-Sud in France in the group of Pascal Massart, and member of the INRIA team SELECT
2011 - 2012 Postdoc at VU University with Aad van der Vaart
2010 - 2011 Postdoc at CWI with Peter Grünwald
2006 - 2010 PhD student at CWI under supervision of Peter Grünwald
2005 Trainee at CWI
2000 - 2006 Studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam.