Professor of Software Technology for Learning and Teaching at the Institute of Information and Computing Sciences of Utrecht University (95%), and professor of Software Technology at the School of Computer Science of the Open University (OUNL).
I develop software technology to support learning and teaching, and advanced methods for constructing software.
My publications can be obtained via a separate page.My research focusses on software technology for learning and teaching.
- In the Advise-me - Automatic Diagnostics with Intermediate Steps in Mathematics Education - project we develop we develop technology for assessing steps taken by pupils in mathematics exercises.
- In the Rage - Realising an Applied Gaming Eco-system - project we develop assets for serious games. Raja Lala is working as a PhD student in this project.
- In the Digital support for university-level statistics courses (in Dutch) project we look at developing support for several statistics courses at Utrecht University. Sietske Tacoma is working as a PhD student in this project.
- In the Simulaties and simulation gaming project we look at the use of simulations in higher education, and in particular at Utrecht University. The collaboration with Stephanie de Smale in this project has led to a funded Game Research Graduate School funded PhD position for Stephanie on Conflicting Patterns: How Game Design influences War Representation.
- Together with Rinus Plasmeijer and others I work on the STW-funded TOP Support for Collaborations on the Internet project. Nico Naus is a PhD student on this project.
- In the Communicate! project we are developing a serious game for practicing communication skills.
- Josje Lodder is a PhD student (and a teacher) working at the OUNL on giving feedback in tutors for logic.
- Funded by a `promotiebeurs voor leraren, Hieke Keuning, together with Bastiaan Heeren and me, is working on providing feedback in an interactive learning tools for imperative programming. She has developed a tutor for imperative programming.
- Together with Alex Gerdes, and Bastiaan Heeren I am working on Ask-Elle, a programming tutor for Haskell. Ivica Milovanovic is working on several aspects related to intelligent tutoring systems and strategies.
- I am an `expert innovation projects' in the university-wide Educate-IT program.
- In the Math-Bridge project we added feedback services to ActiveMath, and we develop on-line math-bridging courses.
- Our feedback services are connected to the version of the Digital Mathematical Environment used by the series of Dutch mathematics text books `Getal en Ruimte'.
- Together with José Pedro Magalhães (since then at Oxford University and Standard Chartered), and Sean Leather, I have worked on several aspects of generic programming, such as generic programming libraries.
- Andres Löh, Ralf Hinze, and I have developed Generic Haskell. Generic Haskell is an extension of the functional programming language Haskell, with which programs that work for large classes of datatypes can be written.
- Generic haskell is a sequel to PolyP (see Patrik Jansson's page about polytypic programming).
- Programme chair of the Games and Learning Alliance conference, GALA 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 2016.
- Member of the ACM SIGPLAN Programming Languages Education Board.
- Vice-chair of IFIP WG2.1 on Algorithmic languages and calculi.
- Programme committee member of the Third Workshop on Rewriting Techniques for Program Transformations and Evaluation, Porto, Portugal, June 2016.
- General chair of the 19th ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Functional Programming, ICFP 2014, and chair of the ICFP steering committee.
- Programme chair of the 4th International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education, TFPIE 2015, Sophia-Antipolis in France, June 2 2015 (Proceedings).
- Programme committee member of the 11th ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Generic Programming, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, August 2015.
- Programme committee member of the Second Workshop on Rewriting Techniques for Program Transformations and Evaluation, Warsaw, Poland, July 2015.
- Programme committee member of the Conference on Mathematics of Program Construction, MPC 2015 , Königswinter, Germany, 2015.
- Programme chair of the academic section of the Nederlands Informatica Onderwijs Congres, NIOC 2015 , Enschede, The Netherlands, 2015.
- General program chair of the 11th International Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics, Bremen, Germany, July 2012.
This academic year I teach:
- Technologies for learning. Master Computing Science.
- Talen en Compilers. Second year bachelor course Computer Science at Utrecht University.
I have supervised around 50 students working on their Master thesis through the years. I welcome master students that want to work on a topic related to my research interests.
+31 30 2534115 work
+31 30 2711281 home
+31 6 40010053 mobile
Buys Ballot Gebouw (BBG), room 571
Where am I?
- November 30 - December 3, 2016, Online Educa, Berlin, Germany.
- February 2017, IFIP WG2.1 meeting, Uruguay.
[28/10/2016]To celebrate the license agreement with DialogueTrainer and other cooperations between Utrecht University, DialogueTrainer, the city of Utrecht and Stichting Volte, we are organising a symposium on software for training communication skills.
[21/10/2016] Our paper Generating hints and feedback for Hilbert-style axiomatic proofs (together with Josje Lodder, Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in SIGCSE 2017: the 48th ACM Technical Symposium on Computing Science Education.
[21/10/2016] Our paper A domain reasoner for propositional logic (together with Josje Lodder, Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in J.UCS, the Journal of Universal Computer Science.
[04/16/2016] Our paper Towards a Systematic Review of Automated Feedback Generation for Programming Exercises (together with Hieke Keuning, Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in the 21th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education.
[01/09/2016] Our paper Ask-Elle: an adaptable programming tutor for Haskell giving automated feedback (together with Alex Gerdes, Bastiaan Heeren, and Thomas van Binsbergen) has been accepted for publication in Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.
[01/09/2016] Our paper Type Class Instances for Type-Level Lambdas in Haskell (together with Thijs Alkemade) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of TFP 2015: Trends in Functional Programming.
[01/09/2016] Our paper The Effect of Simulations and Games on Learning Objectives in Tertiary Education: A Systematic Review (together with Stephanie de Smale, Tom Overmans, and Liesbeth van de Grint) has been accepted for publication in Proceedings of GALA 2015: the Games and Learning Alliance conference.
[10/08/2015] Our paper Type-Changing Rewriting and Semantics-Preserving Transformation (together with Sean Leather, Andres Löh, and Bram Schuur) has been accepted for publication in Science of Computer Programming.
[03/06/2015] Our paper Communicate! - a serious game for communication skills (together with the people involved in the Communicate! project) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of EC-TEL 2015: 10th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning.
[20/04/2015] Our paper A pilot study of the use of LogEx, lessons learned (Josje Lodder, Bastiaan Heeren, and Johan Jeuring) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of TTL 2015: 4th International Conference on Tools for Teaching Logic.
[31/1/2015] On the occasion of the honorary doctorate for Kurt VanLehn we organise a symposium on Technologies for learning.
[18/1/2015] Please consider applying for one of our 4 open PhD positions!
[18/1/2015] I participate in the Dutch STW project Top Support for Collaborations on the Internet, and am advertising a PhD student position to work on topics related to this project.
[20/12/2014] I participate in the EU FP7 RAGE project: Realising an Applied Gamine Eco-system, and will soon advertise for a PhD student to work on topics related to this project.
[30/11/2014] My paper Effectieve computerapplicaties: vergelijk de didactiek, niet het domein (in Dutch) has appeared in 4W, the scientific journal of Kennisnet.
[30/11/2014] Our paper Model solutions and properties for diagnosing student programs in Ask-Elle (together with Thomas van Binsbergen, Alex Gerdes, and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings CSERC 2014: Computer Science Education Research Conference.
[30/11/2014] Our paper Strategy-based feedback in a programming tutor (together with Hieke Keuning and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings CSERC 2014: Computer Science Education Research Conference.
[24/09/2014] You can find my inaugural lecture at Utrecht University on line now.
[24/09/2014] I was one of the organizers of the Lorentz meeting on Computing in Secondary Education, September 15 - 19, 2014, Leiden, The Netherlands.
[08/09/2014] Our paper Evaluating Haskell expressions in a tutoring environment (together with Tim Olmer and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education.
[18/03/2014] I will give an invited talk on Automatic tutoring and assessing functional programs at the 3rd International Workshop on Trends in Functional Programming in Education on May 25, 2014.
[24/02/2014] Our paper Feedback services for stepwise exercises (together with Bastiaan Heeren, accompanying material), has been accepted for publication in Science of Computer Programming, Special Issue on Software Development Concerns in the e-Learning Domain. 2014.
[10/11/2013] Our paper Type-Changing Rewriting and Semantics-Preserving Transformation (together with Sean Leather, Andres Löh, and Bram Schuur), has been accepted for PEPM 2014.
[1/11/2013] Our paper University Students' Achievement Goals and Help-Seeking Strategies in an Intelligent Tutoring System (together with Bram Vaesen and Frans Prins), has been accepted for publication in Computers and Education.
[1/10/2013] Together with Rick van Rooij and Nicolas Pronost I wrote a paper on The 5/10 method: a method for designing educational games, for the Gala conference on serious games.
[1/09/2013] I wrote a paper on Finding palindromes: variants and algorithms for the book compiled for Rinus Plasmeijer's 61st birthday.
[18/07/2013] Our paper Usage of Generic Programming on Hackage - Experience report - (together with Nikolaos Bezirgiannis and Sean Leather) has been accepted for the 9th ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Generic Programming, WGP 2013.
[10/07/2013] Our paper Towards automatic generation of domain-specific mathematical input support (together with Eric Andrés and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for MathUI 2013: Workshop on Mathematical User Interfaces.
[10/07/2013] Our paper Type-Changing Program Transformations with Pattern Matching (together with Joeri van Eekelen and Sean Leather) has been presented by Joeri at the Workshop on Haskell and Rewriting Techniques in Eindhoven.
[25/06/2013] Our paper Inductive triple graphs: a purely functional approach to represent RDF (together with Jose Emilio Labra Gayo and Jose María Álvarez Rodríguez) has been accepted for for the 3rd International Workshop on Graph Structures for Knowledge Representation and Reasoning.
[19/06/2013] I wrote a paper on The history of finding palindromes for the book we compiled for Doaitse Swierstra's retirement.
[19/05/2013] I organise a symposium on How do students make progress in simple mathematics exercises? on May 24. Partially funded by the Utrecht University Research Impulse Educational and Learning Sciences.
[9/03/2013] Our paper A DSL for describing the artificial intelligence in real-time video games (together with Tom Hastjarjanto and Sean Leather) has been accepted for the 3rd International Workshop on Games and Software Engineering (GAS 2013), 2013.
[8/03/2013] Ik spreek over onze domain reasoners voor wiskunde op de jaarvergadering van de Vlaamse vereniging van wiskundeleraars.
[5/03/2013] Utrecht University funds our project to develop a serious game for practicing communication skills.
[12/2012] Our paper Feedback genereren in leeromgevingen voor algebra. (in Dutch, together with Bastiaan Heeren) has appeared in the Nieuw Archief voor Wiskunde, 2012.
[9/07/2012] Our paper Generic conversions of abstract syntax representations. (together with Steve Keuchel) has been accepted for the 8th ACM SIGPLAN Workshop on Generic Programming, WGP 2012.
[9/07/2012] Our paper Ask-Elle: A Haskell tutor - Demonstration - (together with Alex Gerdes and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for the 7th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2012.
[9/07/2012] Our paper Testing type class laws (together with Patrik Jansson and Cláudio Amaral) has been accepted for the 5th ACM SIGPLAN symposium on Haskell, Haskell 2012.
[9/07/2012] Our paper Teachers and students in charge - Using annotated model solutions in a functional programming tutor (together with Alex Gerdes and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for the 7th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2012.
[23/04/2012] On June 13, 2012, I will deliver the key-note at the VSNU conference on Studiesucces: De vrijblijvendheid voorbij, on the role of teaching fellows at Utrecht University in general, and my activities related to learning and assessment in particular.
[27/02/2012] Our paper An interactive functional programming tutor (together with Alex Gerdes and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for the 17th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITICSE 2012.
[31/01/2012] Our paper Probability estimation and a competence model for rule based e-tutoring systems (together with Diederik M. Roijers and Ad Feelders) has been accepted for the Second International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge.
[20/01/2012] An interview (in Dutch) about my activities as a teaching fellow at Utrecht University.
[13/12/2011] I am talking at the Mini-symposium Algebra & ICT about hints and feedback in learning environments for algebra.
[1/10/2011] The Software technology group ot the OUNL has started a cooperation with the DFKI and the University of Saarland to set up a common laboratory in CelTech. We will particularly study interactive tutoring systems, such as Math-Bridge for mathematics, and for other sciences. See the press release (in Dutch).
[7/7/2011] Our paper Generic programming for indexed datatypes (together with José Pedro Magalhães) has been accepted for the Workshop on Generic Programming 2011.
[01/06/2011] We finished our lecture notes on a programming tutor for Haskell (Johan Jeuring, Alex Gerdes, and Bastiaan Heeren) for the Central European School on Functional Programming, which will be held this summer.
[06/05/2011] Our paper Interleaving strategies (Bastiaan Heeren and Johan Jeuring) has been accepted for publication in the proceedings of the Conference on Intelligent Computer Mathematics, 2011, to be held in Bertinoro, Italy, this summer.
[13/11/2010] Our paper Properties of exercise strategies (together with Alex Gerdes and Bastiaan Heeren) has been accepted for publication in the Proceedings of IWS 2010: 1st International Workshop on Strategies in Rewriting, Proving, and Programming.
[16/10/2010] Our work on calculating feedback for interactive mathematical exercises is used as an example of validation of research in the Annual report 2009 of the Dutch research universities (pdf english, pdf dutch).