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Dr. Erik M. van Mulligen graduated at the Free University of Amsterdam in Mathematics and Computer Science and specialized in medical informatics and artificial intelligence. His MSc work focused on (mathematical) reconstruction of vector cardiograms from the standard 12-lead electrocardiogram. He received his PhD from the Erasmus University on computer architectures for integrated medical workstations. He organized a conference on software engineering in medical informatics (SEMI). He was involved in a number of projects in the 3rd-7th Telematics Programme of DGXIII of the European Commission. He collaborated with international institutes and obtained in 1995 a two-year fellowship at the National Library of Medicine for working at the cognitive science branch on UMLS-based research.
After his fellowship, he returned to the department of Medical Informatics of the Erasmus University. He was involved in research projects aiming at structured computer-based patient records. From 2002 on he has been working in the field of bio-semantics focusing on (semantic) text mining, both as CTO of the Collexis software company and at the department of Medical Informatics at the Erasmus MC. Currently, Erik van Mulligen is an assistant professor at the department of Medical Informatics on bio-semantics and is also the chief science officer of KnewCo, Inc.
His interest is in natural language processing (in particular concept identification / named entity recognition) and ontologies.