Dr. T.A.L. van Erven

Group members


2017 Local arrangements chair for the COLT 2017 machine learning conference, which will be in Amsterdam, together with Wouter Koolen
2016 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)


  • Program Committee member for COLT 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Reviewer for, amongst others, COLT, ICML, NIPS, IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, the Journal of Machine Learning Research, and Machine Learning

Grants and Awards

2016 TOP grant, compartment 2 by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, which funds one PhD position for four years
2014 NIPS 2014 outstanding reviewer award
2011 Awarded a Rubicon grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research 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

2014 – present 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.