Jan Baetens graduated as an environmental engineer from Ghent University in 2007, after which he joined that university's research unit Knowledge-based Systems (KERMIT). Having struggled with traditional modeling approaches and their weaknesses while completing his master's thesis, he finds that cellular automata provide an alternate perspective for solving engineering problems. He attended the NKS Summer School 2008 to expand his knowledge of the topic, and was an instructor at the NKS Summer School 2009, 2010 and 2011. On April 5, 2012, he successfully defended his PhD? 'Discrete spatio-temporal modelling paradigms for environmental processes: SWOT analysis, application portfolio and Lyapunovian stability analysis' at Ghent University. Currently, he is affiliated to Ghent University as an assistant professor. His daily activities involve the supervision of master and Phd students, teaching at bachelor and master level (ordinary and partial differential equations, cellular automata,...) and research in the field of discrete dynamical systems, both theoretical and applied.
LOCATION: Ghent, Belgium
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