I'm currently employed as a Research Engineer at iText in Ghent. I was a researcher at KU Leuven from 2016 to 2020, where I completed my PhD in mathematics under the supervision of prof. Stefaan Vaes. My research centred around the representation theory of rigid C*-tensor categories, subfactor theory and quantum groups.
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Jokes aside, I'm a big fan of the functional programming philosophy in general, and the way I approach problems in software development tends to reflect that. That said, I'm always happy to try new things and expand my toolbox.
Tinkering with software is my hobby: my trusty Raspberry Pi performs all sorts of useful and less-useful automation tasks, and I've got more silly project ideas than I'll ever have time to implement. This has made me a firm believer in the power of open source tooling and open standards to promote innovation.
Here's a non-exhaustive list of other, more specific tools I've used so far:
M. Valvekens, L2-Betti numbers for subfactors and rigid C*-tensor categories, KU Leuven (2020).
The complete thesis is available here. Source code for the algorithms discussed in the appendix can be made available upon request.
M. Valvekens, Some remarks on free products of rigid C*-2-categories, expository note (2020). arXiv:2008.12994
I speak Dutch, English, Japanese and French, and I'm involved with several choirs in and around Leuven.