Erik Mannens is Professor at IDLab, CTO DataScience at imec and Research Manager at Ghent University since 2005 where he has successfully managed more than 50 projects. He received his PhD degree in Computer Science Engineering (2011) at Ghent University, his Master’s degree in Computer Science (1995) at KU Leuven University, and his Master’s degree in Electro-Mechanical Engineering (1992) at KAHO Ghent.
Before joining imec – Ghent University – IDLab in 2005 as research manager, he was a software engineering consultant and Java architect for over a decade. His major expertise is centered around big data analysis, metadata modeling, semantic web technologies, broadcasting workflows, iDTV and web development in general. He is involved in several projects as senior researcher and finished up his PhD on Semantic News Production. He was co-chair of the W3C Media Fragments Working Group and actively participated in other W3C’s semantic web standardization activities (Media Annotations, Provenance, Hydra, Linked Data Platform, and eGovernment).