Marc Claesen obtained his Master's degree in Mathematical Engineering at KU Leuven in 2010. He obtained his PhD in Engineering Science at the department of electrical engineering of the same university in 2015. His research focuses on applying advanced machine learning techniques in the biomedical domain. His technical interests include kernel methods, semi-supervised learning and automated hyperparameter optimisation. He is the lead developer of two open-source machine learning libraries, named EnsembleSVM and Optunity.