(70 word version) Maarten de Rijke is a Distinguished University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the scientific director of the national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence. His research strives to build intelligent technology to connect people to information. His team pushes the frontiers of search engines, recommender systems and conversational assistants. They also investigate the influence of the technology they develop on society.
(360 word version) Maarten de Rijke is a University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam and the director of the national Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence. He holds MSc degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics (both cum laude), and a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science. He worked as a postdoc at CWI, before becoming a Warwick Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. He joined the University of Amsterdam in 1998, and was appointed full professor in 2004 and Distinguished University Professor in 2018.
At the University of Amsterdam, De Rijke is a member of the Information Retrieval Lab, one of the world’s leading academic research groups in the area. His research focus is at the interface of information retrieval and artificial intelligence, with projects on search, recommender systems, and conversational search.
De Rijke is a former VP Personalization and Relevance and Senior Research Fellow at Ahold Delhaize, and a former director of Amsterdam Data Science.
He is a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and an ELLIS Fellow.
With an h-index of 79 De Rijke has published over 900 papers, published or edited over a dozen books, is a former editor-in-chief of ACM Transactions on Information Systems, co-editor-in-chief of Foundations and Trends in Information Retrieval and of Springer’s Information Retrieval book series, (associate) editor for various journals and book series, and a former coordinator of retrieval evaluation tracks at TREC, CLEF and INEX. He has been general (co)chair or program (co)chair for SIGIR, WSDM, WWW, CIKM, ECIR, ICTIR.
De Rijke has helped to generate over 100MEuro in project funding. He is a recipient of a Pioneer Personal Innovation grant, a Gravitation grant (with colleagues from around the Netherlands), the Tony Kent Strix Award, the Bloomberg Data Science Research Award, the Criteo Faculty Research Award, the Google Faculty Research Award, the Microsoft PhD Research Fellowship Award, and the Yahoo Faculty and Research Engagement Program Award as well as a large number of NWO grants.
The retrieval technology developed by De Rijke’s and his team is being used by organizations around the Netherlands and beyond, and has given rise to various spin-off initiatives.