I am passionate about coding, software design, and digital creation,
and acquired diverse IT engineering skills since high school to postdoc.
My current work is in Computer Science to support Cancer Research.
After my MSc. in Theoretical Physics and my MSc. in Computer Science, I got my PhD in Computational Biotechnology for creating various software applications in cooperation with molecular biologists. I continued this work as I moved from Belgium to Norway, where I engineered a unique web platform for comprehensive scientific knowledge accumulation.
Among many interests I'm primarily a:
1. Software engineer, who loves web-applications, tough algorithms, semantics;
2. Scientist in Computer & Life Sciences, trained in IT, Physics, Biotech;
4. Entrepreneurial spirit.
As a scientist, I help Life Scientists deal with large amounts of diverse knowledge. I am driven to find and apply ways to improve computer intelligence that supports their activities. For example I designed the technology VSM, that lets bioscientists capture extremely comprehensive and context-rich information from text, using a method that mimics natural language but can be queried and parsed semantically. I used this as the basis to build the web-app SciCura.
As a photography enthusiast, I love street portraits and meeting new people.
As for entrepreneurship, I'm interested in startups, and led a team of students in the intensive Take Off course at NTNU School of Entrepreneurship.
Collecting sense from Bioscience literature. (JS/PHP)
SciCura is a web-platform where life-scientists gather complex and diverse bio-information, and can then apply semantic search and processing.
The web-app supports versatile information collection:
one can capture facts on any topic, while also storing all essential biological context.
Note that collection of detailed structured facts, called 'curation', happens manually because of AI limitations.
SciCura stores facts as semantic sentences, built from simple rules, yet enabling complexity like natural language.
The platform’s development involves iterative front-end & back-end design and implementation, challenging graph-algorithms (for semantic pattern-matching and syntax visualization), webserver operation, and close cooperation with life-scientist users.
2012 - present
Visualizing semantic dictionaries. (JS/HTML5/PHP)
connected it to various semantic dictionaries, and packed this into desktop web-applications.
NTNU, Trondheim, Norway
2016 - present
Independent, Associated with NTNU
2012 - 2015
Multidisciplinary work-environment. Building bridges between IT-tools and bio-scientists. For example:
Software Development: graduated with Distinction.
Parallel BSc and MSc completed in just 2 years.
Theoretical Physics: graduated with High Distinction.
To be added.
PHP, MySQL, Java, C++, VB, asm.
Photoshop, Illustrator, 123D Design, AutoHotkey, SublimeText, CMS, MS Access, audio-video-image editing, and 100+ software tools. Familiar with computer security, AI.
Creative. Perseverant. Thorough. Open-minded. Critical thinking. Self-reflection and improvement. Independent, proactive, enthusiastic spirit.
Proficient: English, Dutch.
Intermediate: Norwegian, French.
Notions: German, Spanish.
Professor in Systems Biology
Steven is extremely creative, not shy to adopt unconventional approaches, and has a good eye for identifying what biologists would like to see in software that should support their research.
Prof. in Functional Genomics
I have known and worked with Steven for nearly 10 years focusing on extraction and management of biological background knowledge from literature. During these years, I have come to highly appreciate Steven’s innovative and goal-oriented approaches.
Future & Emerging Techn.
(...) has potential to represent a significant contribution to simplified knowledge representation needed for effective crowd-sourcing, data management, database querying and reasoning.
The approach is ambitious and demonstrates a general understanding of the challenges, with original approaches to address these.
I like how you're always so happy and joyful about things!