Dr. T.A.L. van Erven

Group members

Visitors (Extended Stays)

2017, 4 months Raphaël Deswarte, visiting PhD student from École Polytechnique
2015, 3 months Kamalaruban Parameswaran, visiting PhD student from the Australian National University


2019 Co-organizing the Young European Statisticians workshop on the Theoretical Foundations of Deep Learning
2017 – present Organizing the Netherlands N(eur)IPS debriefing
2018 – present Co-organizing the thematic seminar with current theme machine 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)


  • Area Chair for NeurIPS 2018, 2019
  • Program Committee member for COLT 2015–present
  • Reviewer for, amongst others, COLT, ICML, NeurIPS, 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.