Koen Smets – Senior Data Engineer

Koen is passionate about data, devops and sports. He joined the Sentiance team as a Senior Data Engineer to bridge the software engineering and data science teams. He holds a MSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Antwerp.

During his PhD research, he applied various machine learning and data mining techniques to identify and characterise anomalies in data. As a postdoc, he did a proof-of-concept project, in joint corporation with UZA and Forcea, to automate ICD-9 coding while discovering errors in and using invoicing data. He left academia to become a software developer at MDCPartners where he setup infrastructure to scrape and clean (un)structured data from the internet.

When not behind the terminal, he enjoys watching movies, reading books, long distance running, swimming and biking in the Antwerp area.

Through every rift of discovery some seeming anomaly drops out of the darkness, and falls, as a golden link into the great chain of order.

— Edwin Hubbell Chapin