Education & career

Present: 2013–2015

Post-doctoral researcher
Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG)
St Lucas School of Art
http://www.emrg.be 

Computational Linguistics Research Group (CLiPS)
Universiteit Antwerpen
http://www.clips.ua.ac.be

Co-founder @ Textgain
https://www.textgain.com

Past

  • 2014: Master class in high-tech entrepreneurship (inter-university incubator network)
  • 2008–2012: PhD student, Computational Linguistics Group (CLiPS), Universiteit Antwerpen
  • 2004–2008: researcher, Experimental Media Research Group (EMRG), Sint Lucas Antwerpen
  • 2004–2008: freelance graphic designer
  • 2000–2004: MA in graphic design, Sint Lucas Antwerpen
     Honors: BA1 & BA2: cum laude. MA1 & MA2: magna cum laude.
  • 1997–2000: BA in software engineering, Artesis Hogeschool Antwerpen
     Honors: BA1, BA2 & BA3: cum laude.
  • 1996: warehouseman, GB Unic NV (distribution center)
  • 1996: warehouseman, Nollekens NV (paints & cleaning products)
  • 1996: intern, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (accountancy)
  • 1996: BA in computer science, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (failed)
  • 1992–1996: secondary school, modern orientation (language & science)
  • 1990–1992: secondary school, classic orientation (Latin)

Projects

As principal author

  • 2014–1015: Flow: Evaluating Creativity in Classical Musicians.
    Funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT CICI). 
  • 2008–2012: Modeling Creativity: Case Studies in Python.
     Funded by the Industrial Research Fund (UA IOF). 
  • 2008–2010: City In A Bottle (procedural generation).
     Funded by the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF). 

As co-author

  • 2015–2019: Story Table (computational creativity for healthcare).
    Funded by the academic research fund of the St Lucas School of Art. 
  • 2014–2015: Web Services for Text Mining.
     Funded by the Industrial Research Fund (UA POC).
  • 2007–2009: Gravital (computer graphics + natural language processing).
     Funded by the Institute for the Promotion of Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT TETRA).

Exhibitions

Group exhibitions

Tom De Smedt & Lucas Nijs (2016). Automatic Timeline of Paintings. EMRG 2016. 6 April–9 April 2016, Sint Lucas Antwerpen Showroom, Antwerp, BE.
Tom De Smedt, Lieven Menschaert, Pieter Heremans, Ludivine Lechat (2015). Flow. Pressure Cooking Festival. 1 July - 3 July. Casino, Tongeren, BE.
Lieven Menschaert & Tom De Smedt (2013). Valence. World Maker Faire 2013. 21 September 2013. New York Hall of Science, New York, USA.
Tom De Smedt, Lieven Menschaert, Ludivine Lechat & Tim Augustynen (2012). Valence. Interieur 2012. 20–28 October 2012, Buda, Kortrijk, Belgium.
Tom De Smedt, Lieven Menschaert & Ludivine Lechat (2012). Valence. TEDxBrainport. 5 June 2012, Evoluon, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2011). Nanophysical. Tender Buttons. 30 November–6 December 2011, Kunst-Zicht, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.
Tom De Smedt, Lieven Menschaert & Ludivine Lechat (2011). Valence. Creativity World Forum 2011. 16–17 November 2011, Ethias Arena, Hasselt, Belgium.
Tom De Smedt, Ludivine Lechat & Jo Cols (2010). Selected works. Creativity World Biennale 2010. 15 November–8 January, Untitled gallery, Oklahoma, USA.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2010). Wallflower. International Design Biennale 2010. 1–24 October, Espace Saint-Antoine, Liège, Belgium.
Tom De Smedt, Ludivine Lechat & Frederik De Bleser (2010). City in a Bottle. E-Culture Fair 2010. 23–25 October, Dortmund, Germany.
Tom De Smedt & Ludivine Lechat (2010). Self-replication. Travelling Letters. 18 June–5 September, Art Museum, Lahti, Finland.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2010). Nanophysical. Vlaamse Scriptieprijs. 7 December 2010, Royal Flemish Academy, Brussels, Belgium.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2010). Nanophysical. Permanently exhibited at IMEC (European institute for nanotechnology), Leuven, Belgium.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2009). Superfolia. World Wide Wonders. 18 November – 9 December 2009, Kunst-Zicht, University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.
Tom De Smedt, Ludivine Lechat, Frederik De Bleser & Lucas Nijs (2007). Evolution. C.Stem 2007. 29 November – 1 December 2007, AB+, Turin, Italy.
Ludivine Lechat & Tom De Smedt (2006). Evolution. March 2005, Beursschouwburg, Brussels, Belgium.
Lieven Menschaert, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt (2005). Blotter. Time Canvas. 3–4 December 2005, Museum of Modern Art, Antwerp, Belgium.

Books, publications & articles

Academic books

Tom De Smedt (2013). Modeling Creativity: Case Studies in Python. University Press Antwerp. ISBN 978-90-5718-260-0.

Academic publications

Tom De Smedt, Lucas NijsWalter Daelemans (2014). Creative Web Services with Pattern. In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2014).
Enric Junqué de Fortuny, Tom De Smedt, David Martens & Walter Daelemans (2014). Evaluating and understanding text-based stock price prediction models. Information Processing & Management. IF 0.817
Ben Verhoeven, Walter Daelemans & Tom De Smedt (2013). Ensemble Methods for Personality Recognition. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Personality Recognition (Shared Task).. July 11, 2013, Boston, USA.
Tom De Smedt, Frederik De Bleser, Vincent Van Asch, Lucas Nijs & Walter Daelemans (2013). Gravital: natural language processing for computer graphics. In Veale Tony, Feyaerts Kurt & Forceville Charles (eds.) Creativity and the Agile Mind: A Multi-Disciplinary Study of a Multi-Faceted Phenomenon. Berlin: Mouton.
Tom De Smedt & Lieven Menschaert (2012). VALENCE: Affective visualisation using EEG. Digital Creativity, 23(3-4): 272-277.
Tom De Smedt & Walter Daelemans (2012). Pattern for Python. Journal of Machine Learning Research, 13: 2063–2067. IF 2.974
Tom De Smedt & Walter Daelemans (2012). "Vreselijk mooi!" (terribly beautiful): A Subjectivity Lexicon for Dutch Adjectives. In Proceedings of the 8th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC'12), 3568–3572.
Tom De Smedt, Ludivine Lechat & Walter Daelemans (2012). Generative art inspired by nature, in NodeBox. In Di Chio, Cecilia (ed.) Applications of Evolutionary Computation, Part II, LNCS 6625: 264–272. Berlin: Springer.
Tom De Smedt, Vincent Van Asch & Walter Daelemans (2012). Memory-based shallow parser for Python. CLiPS Technical Report Series, CTRS-002. ISSN 2033-3544.
Tom De Smedt, Frederik De Bleser & Lucas Nijs (2010). NodeBox 2. In Proceedings of the 16th International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2010), 350–352.

Magazine publications

  • 2010: generative artworks. Flanders Today, 19 May 2010.
  • 2007: generative artworks. ADD-magazine #6.
  • 2007: City in a Bottle. Add!ct magazine #28.
  • 2007: generative artworks. Add!ct magazine #27.
  • 2006: generative artworks. Add!ct magazine #26.
  • 2006: generative artworks. ADD-magazine.

Press coverage

  • 2015: creativity and flow in classical musicians (VRT, DS).
  • 2012: sentiment analysis for political discourse (ATV).
  • 2011: sentiment analysis for political discourse (DM, DS, Le Soir, La Libre Belgique).
  • 2011: affective visualization using EEG (DM, DS).
  • 2005: NodeBox (DS).

Lectures & teaching

Lectures

YEAR TOPIC CONFERENCE VENUE
2016 computer creativity Laughter in Visual Communication National Audiovisual Institute Warsaw PL
2016 text mining Business Analytics 4 All Holiday Inn Brussels Airport Brussels BE
2014 text mining Business Analytics 4 All Spant! Bussum NL
2014 text mining ATILA University of Ghent Ghent BE
2014 computer creativity Computational Linguistic Creativity University of Helsinki Helsinki FI
2014 sentiment analysis Openvis Bocoup Boston US
2014 sentiment analysis Business Analytics 4 All Dolce La Hulpe Brussels BE
2013 computer creativity PhD defense Sint Lucas Antwerpen Antwerp BE
2013 computer creativity Current Trends in AI University of Brussels Brussels BE
2012 sentiment analysis Digital Humanities summer school University of Leuven Leuven BE
2012 sentiment analysis Fabelier (hack lab) University Paris Descartes Paris FR
2011 sentiment analysis ATILA University of Antwerp Antwerp BE
2011 computer creativity evo* Molecular Biotechnology Center Turin IT
2010 computer creativity Creativity World Forum Cox Convention Center Oklahoma US
2010 computer graphics Electronic Art symposium (ISEA) Volkshochschule Dortmund Dortmund DE
2010 computer graphics Libre Graphics Meeting Pianofabriek Brussels BE
2010 computer graphics CLIF University of Antwerp Antwerp BE
2009 computer creativity Integrated DeSingel Antwerp BE
2008 computer creativity The Agile Mind symposium Royal Flemish Academy Brussels BE
2008 computer creativity AI & Creativity symposium Radboud University Nijmegen Nijmegen NL
2007 computer graphics C.Stem AB+ Turin IT
2007 computer graphics Integrated DeSingel Antwerp BE
2006 computer graphics Dorkfest Nieuwpoorttheater Ghent BE
2005 computer graphics AtypI Media Center Lume Helsinki FI
2004 computer graphics AtypI Archa Theatre Prague CZ

Classes & workshops

YEAR COURSE INSTITUTE TEACHERS
2016 CC (Pattern) University of Antwerp BE Tom De Smedt
2015 CC (Pattern) University of Coimbra PT Tom De Smedt & Lucas Nijs
2014 NLP (Pattern) University of Antwerp BE Tom De Smedt
2013 NLP + CG (Pattern & NodeBox) Bryn Mawr College US Tom De Smedt
2013 models of language understanding University of Antwerp BE Walter Daelemans & Tom De Smedt
2012 models of language understanding University of Antwerp BE Walter Daelemans & Tom De Smedt
2011 models of language understanding University of Antwerp BE Walter Daelemans & Tom De Smedt
2011 natural language processing Better Nouveau IT Tom De Smedt
2011 graph visualization Academy of Arts Antwerp BE Tom De Smedt
2010 computer graphics (NodeBox) Lahti Institute of Design FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt
2009 computer graphics (NodeBox) Lahti Institute of Design FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt
2008 computer graphics (NodeBox) Aalto University Helsinki FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt
2007 computer graphics (NodeBox) Lahti Institute of Design FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt
2005 computer graphics (NodeBox) Lahti Institute of Design FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt
2004 computer graphics (DrawBot) Lahti Institute of Design FI Lucas Nijs, Frederik De Bleser & Tom De Smedt

Supervised postgraduates

  • Tim De Cort (2011). Font Machine. Sint Lucas Antwerpen.
  • Jonatan Hildén (2009). Tangram Canvas. Sint Lucas Antwerpen.
  • Frédéric Albers (2007). Generated Fairytales. Sint Lucas Antwerpen.

Software packages

As principal author

  • 2011: Tom De Smedt & Walter Daelemans. Pattern.
    Python package for web mining, natural language processing, machine learning and network analysis.
    www.clips.ua.ac.be/pattern
  • 2011: Tom De Smedt & Frederik De Bleser. NodeBox for OpenGL. 
    Python package for generating 2-D animation and games.
    www.cityinabottle.org/nodebox

As co-author

  • 2011: Vincent Van Asch, Tom De Smedt & Walter Daelemans. MBSP.
    Memory-based shallow parser for Python. 
    www.clips.ua.ac.be/mbsp
  • 2004: Frederik De Bleser, Tom De Smedt & Lucas Nijs. NodeBox.
    Free Mac OS X application for generating 2-D artwork using Python programming code. 
    www.nodebox.net/code

Languages

DUTCH ENGLISH FRENCH GERMAN
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Computer knowledge

  • Platforms: Mac OS X, Linux, Windows
  • Software: Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, OpenOffice, Processing, git
  • Databases: MySQL, SQLite, MS Access
  • Programming languages: Python, PyObjC, PHP, JavaScript, Java, C, C++, GLSL, HTML5, CSS3
  • Programming skills: object-oriented programming, functional programming, AI for games, physics systems, image compositing, natural language processing, machine learning, sockets

Personal

  • Member of SKEPP (Belgian Skeptics)
  • Member of OXFAM (human rights)
  • Member of WWF (biodiversity)
NAME Tom De Smedt
BORN 1978
COUNTRY Belgium
DEGREE PhD
EXPERTISE computational creativity
computational linguistics
computer graphics
Python
WEBSITE http://www.emrg.be
http://www.clips.ua.ac.be
E-MAIL tom@organisms.be