School of Computer
1125 Colonel By Drive
Canada K1S 5B6
E-mail: michiel ( @scs.carleton.ca )
- Born in Tilburg,
- 1979-1986: In this period, I studied Mathematics at the
and Computer Science Department, Eindhoven University of
Technology. Master's Thesis "On Duadic Codes". My supervisor was
Jack van Lint.
- 1986-1989: Ph.D. student in the
Department of Computer
Science, University of Amsterdam.
Ph.D degree in November 1989, on the thesis
"Dynamic Data Structures on Multiple Storage Media".
My advisor was Peter van Emde Boas, whose advisor was
Adriaan van Wijngaarden, whose advisor was Cornelis Benjamin
Biezeno, who did not have an advisor.
- December 1989 - December 1990: Postdoc in the
Department of Computer
Science, University of the Saarland,
- 1990 - January 1996: Research associate (sort of assistant
professor) at the
Max-Planck-Institute for Computer Science, Saarbrücken,
- 1995: Habilitation in Computer Science, University of the
- 1996: Lecturer in the
Department of Computer Science, King's College, London, U.K.
- December 1996 - July 2001: C3-Professor of Theoretical Computer
Science in the
Simulation and Graphics,
Faculty of Computer
University of Magdeburg, Germany.
- July 2001 - June 2004: Associate Professor of Computer Science,
School of Computer Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
- Since July 2004: Professor of Computer Science, School of
Computer Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.
Here are some pictures
- Me at work at the MPI in
- Here you see me, together with
Mordecai J. Golin and
Wonderphil G. Bradford, just after
having enjoyed a Joghurtbecher at Ice-Cafe Jesolo in
- Me back in 1996.
- Dragon-Race, Magdeburg, 2000.
- Workshop on Efficient Algorithms in Oberwolfach,
- Two pictures taken by Rahul Ray on my birthday in La Bodega
Espanola in Magdeburg, 2000.
- My sister Marlous;
here is another picture of her.
- Here is my sister Marlous with
the author Remco Campert (who is world famous in the
Netherlands). The picture was taken in 2004.
- This is how I looked like in 2001.
- This is how I looked like in 2002.
- This is how I looked like in 2011.
Pictures made during a hot-air balloon ride in July 2001,
just before I left Magdeburg and moved to Ottawa; more pictures
- Me at work at the University of
Magdeburg in December 2001, together with Heidemarie
Bräsel, Ulrich Wendt, and Rene Wiermer.
- Some pictures taken by Petra Specht in 2002:
- Me in Frankfurt, 2005
- 9th Korean Workshop on
Computational Geometry and Geometric Networks, Dagstuhl,
August 2006. Here
are two of the masterpieces that were on display at the art
exhibition in Dagstuhl.
- Who is the
right? Sendai, Japan,
- School of Computer Science BBQ, March 29, 2017; Mylien, Jit,
Anil, and me:
- School of Computer Science BBQ, March 29, 2019; Gerhard, Andrew,
Mylien, and me:
- Niederländer gehören zu einem eigenartigen, im Ausland so
gut wie unbekannten Stamm.
(Die Zeit, May 5, 1995)
- [...] the real height of Dutch liberalism is the Zuiderbad
swimming pool. You can drink there. You can swim drunk.
And the height of Dutch Culture was the exhibition there
with bird songs broadcast underwater. You can rent the
place for parties. On Sunday mornings, hungover, you
can swim naked.
No. 1332, 1996)
- Dutchmen are tallest of all, towering an average 181cm, or
5 feet 11 inches.
The Economist (February 28, 1998)
- Why Holland has been such a miserable failure on the international
scene remains a major soccer mystery.
Ottawa Citizen (June 11, 2004)
- The first chocolate in Japan was brought by Dutch sailors who
gave it to prostitutes in Nagasaki in 1797.
Ottawa Citizen (March 11, 2006)
- They idolize speedskaters the way we love rock stars and
travel the world to cheer on the athletes of every nation.
Ottawa Citizen (February 16, 2010)
- The Heineken Uncertainty Principle:
It is impossible both to consume a large quantity of alcohol
and to accurately report that quantity when later questioned
by a policeman, while looking for your pants.
- For those who understand Saarländisch, here is the ultimate
goal in life, which appeared in the Saarbrücker Zeitung:
Nie widda schaffe.
Un jede Dach in da Sunn liee un was Guddes esse.
Un a wunnascheenie Frau heirade.
Here is a poem written by Hendrik Marsman (1899-1940), and
here are the
Denkend aan Holland
zie ik breede rivieren
traag door oneindig
als hooge pluimen
aan den einder staan;
en in de geweldige
verspreid door het land,
kerken en olmen
in een grootsch verband.
De lucht hangt er laag
en de zon wordt er langzaam
in grijze veelkleurige
en in alle gewesten
wordt de stem van het water
met zijn eeuwige rampen
gevreesd en gehoord.