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Hendrik Jacob (Jaap) van den Herik

Biographical details
Name: Hendrik Jacob (Jaap) van den Herik  
Title: Professor doctor  
Address: IKAT Pasteurlaan 4
  Faculty of General Sciences 2641 ZE Pijnacker
  Universiteit Maastricht The Netherlands
  P.O. Box 616  
  6200 MD Maastricht  
  The Netherlands  
Telephone: +31 (0)43-3883477 +31 (0)15-3695748
Fax: +31 (0)43-3884897 +31 (0)15-3699108
Internet: herik@cs.unimaas.nl www.cs.unimaas.nl/people/Jaap
Birth: October 8, 1947 Rotterdam
Status: Dutch Married, three children
Date Degree / subject University
1983 Ph.D. Delft University of Technology
  Thesis: Computerschaak, Schaakwereld Promotores: Professors H.J.M.,
en Kunstmatige Intelligentie (In Dutch) Lombaers, A.D. de Groot, and S.J.
1974 M. Sc. examination Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1987–present Professor of Computer Science at the Faculty of General Sciences of the Universiteit Maastricht, Maastricht
1988– resent Professor of Law and Computer Science at the Faculty of Law of the Universiteit Leiden, Leiden.
Sep.’84– Jan.’85 Invited Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Computer Science of the McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Feb. ’75 – Aug.’87 Assistant Professor / Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Delft University of Technology, Delft.
Mar.’74 – Jan.’75 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics and Astronomy of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Administrative activities
The Universiteit Maastricht singled out 10 of the most prevailing current activities of Van den Herik and 10 activities fulfilled in the recent past.
Current activities
Scientific Director of IKAT.
Chairman of the Department of Law and Computer Science (1988-1998; Interim Chair since 2002).
Member of the Board of the School for Information and Knowledge Systems (SIKS) (since 1996).
Scientific Director of the Foundation for Knowledge-Based Systems (SKBS) (since 1991).
Member of the Board of the CEPIS Special Interest Network “Legal & Security Issues” (CEPIS LSI) (since 1998).
  • Chair Executive NWO Committee research programme TOKEN 2000 (since 1999)
  • Board Member Foundation Nationale Computerfaciliteiten (NCF) (since 1999)
  • Chair of the Chamber of Computer Science (VSNU) (1993-1995; Interim Chair since 2002)
  • Vice-President VSNU-DNT, VSNU-Disciplineoverlegorgaan Natuur en Techniek (since 1999)
  • Member Steering Committee NWO research programme Cognitie (since 2001)
Activities fulfilled in the recent past
  • Dean of the Faculty of General Sciences, Universiteit Maastricht (1994-1996)
  • President of the Foundation ECAI’94 (1992-1995)
  • Member of the Board of Directors RIKS (1991-1995)
  • Member of the NWO advisory committee Computer Science SION / ACI. (1996-2002)
  • President of the Foundation JURIX (1988-1999)
  • Member of the scientific advisory committee (WAR) SION (1988-1996)
  • Member of the Steering Committee EMMI project (1997-2001)
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee BOK (1997-2000)
  • Chairman of the Steering Committee LOK (2000-2001)
  • resident of the Dutch Association of Artificial Intelligence (NVKI) (1990-1996)
Awards and honours
  • Honorary Chairman of the JURIX Foundation (1999)
  • Honorary member of the BNVKI (Belgian Dutch Association for AI) (1998)
  • Recipient of the Certificate of Distinguished Services for the CSVN (Computer-Chess Association in the Netherlands) (19??)
  • Guest of Honour of the ACM Congress and Supercomputing Conference (1991) in Albuquerque, NM
  • Guest of the Indonesian government (1996) for the World Computer-Chess Championship
  • Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities (1999)
Attracting promising researchers
Up to the present Van den Herik has been privileged in being able to attract many talented researchers. He was supervisor of 24 Ph.D. researchers of whom two have currently reached the rank of professor (Eric Postma, Tim Grant); others are expected to do so in some years. Two very talented students Dr. Jan Scholtes (M.Sc. at DUT, Ph.D. in Amsterdam) and Dr. Victor Allis chose for a career in business instead of science. Among the 24, one Ph.D. student received the predicate cum laude (Antal van den Bosch). He is one of the promising researchers (see below). Currently, in Maastricht and Leiden Van den Herik leads a Ph.D. research programme in which 20 Ph.D. students participate.

List of Publications

Below we provide a list of twenty publications, most characteristic for the nominee’s scientific contribution to the field. Emphasis is on the last five years (eleven publications are from 1997 and onwards).
Twenty characteristic publications
The list of characteristic publications is subdivided into three areas: games (11 publications), law and computers (5 publications) and neural networks and adaptive behaviour (4 publications).
  • Herik, H.J. van den, Uiterwijk, J.W.H.M., and Rijswijck, J. van (2002). Games Solved: Now an in the Future. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 134, Nos. 1-2, pp. 277-311. ISSN 0004-3702.
  • Breuker, D.M., Herik, H.J. van den, Uiterwijk, J.W.H.M., and Allis, L.V. (2001). A Solution to the GHI Problem for Best-First Search. Theoretical Computer Science, Vol. 252, Nos. 1-2, pp. 121-149. ISSN 0304-3975.
  • Breuker, D.M., Uiterwijk, J.W.H.M., and Herik, H.J. van den (2000). Solving 8x8 Domineering. Theoretical Computer Science, Vol. 230, Nos. 1-2, pp. 195-206. ISSN 0304-3975.
  • Allis, L.V., Herik, H.J. van den, and Huntjens, M.P.H. (1996). Go-Moku Solved by New Search Techniques. Computational Intelligence: An International Journal, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 7-24. Special Issue on Games. ISSN 0824-7935
  • Allis, L.V., Meulen, M. van der, and Herik, H.J. van den (1994). Proof-Number Search. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 66, No. 1, pp. 91-124. ISSN 0004-3702
  • Iida, H., Uiterwijk, J.W.H.M., Herik, H.J. van den, and Herschberg, I.S. (1993). Potential Applications of Opponent-Model Search. Part 1: the domain of applicability. ICCA Journal, Vol. 16, No. 4, pp. 201-208. ISSN 0920-234X
  • Dekker, S.T., Herik, H.J. van den, and Herschberg, I.S. (1990). Perfect Knowledge Revisited. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 111-123. ISSN 0004-3702
  • Herik, H.J. van den, Herschberg, I.S. and Nakad, N. (1987). A Six-Men Database: KRP(a2)KbBP(a3). ICCA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4, pp. 163-180. ISSN 0920-234X
  • Herik, H.J. van den, Dekker, S.T., and Herschberg, I.S. (1987). Complexity Starts at Five. ICCA Journal, Vol. 10, No. 3, pp. 125-138. ISSN 0920-234X
  • Herik, H.J. van den and Herschberg, I.S (1985). The Construction of an Omniscient Endgame Data Base. ICCA Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pp. 66-87. ISSN 0920-234X
  • Herik, H.J. van den (1983): Computerschaak, Schaakwereld en Kunstmatige Intelligentie. TH Delft, June 21, 1983, 630 pp. ISBN 90-6233-103-3. Commercial edition published by Academic Service, ’s-Gravenhage, under the same title. ISBN 90-6233-093-2 (630 pp.)
Law and computers
  • Mommers, L. and Herik, H.J. van den (2000). Knowledge Criteria for the Evaluation of Legal Beliefs. Information & Communications Technology Law. Vol. 9, pp. 139-148. ISSN 1360-0834
  • Kralingen, R.W. van., Visser, P.R.S., Bench-Capon, T.J.M., and Herik, H.J. van den (1999). A Principled Methodology for the Development of Legal Knowledge Systems. International Journal of Human Computer Studies, Vol. 51, No. 6. pp. 1127-1154. ISSN 1071-5819
  • Verheij, B., Hage, J.C., and Herik, H.J. van den (1998). An Integrated View on Rules and Principles. Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 3-26. ISSN 0924-8463
  • Visser, P.R.S., Bench-Capon, T.J.M., and Herik, H.J. van den (1997). A Method for Conceptualizing Legal Domains - An Example from the Dutch Unemployement Benefits Act. Artificial Intelligence and Law, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 207-242. ISSN 0924-8463
  • Herik, H.J. van den (1991). Kunnen Computers Rechtspreken? Gouda Quint, Arnhem. ISBN 90-6000-842-1
Neural networks and adaptive behaviour
  • Kortmann, R., Postma, E.O., and Herik, H.J. van den (2001). Evolution of Visual Resolution Constrained by a Trade-off. Artificial Life, Vol. 7, No. 2, pp. 125-145. ISSN 1064-5462
  • Herik, H.J. van den and Postma, E.O. (2000). Discovering the Visual Signature of Painters. Future Directions for Intelligent Systems and Information Sciences. The Future of Speech and Image Technologies, Brain Computers, WWW, and Bioinformatics, (ed. N. Kasabov), pp. 129-147. Physica Verlag (Springer-Verlag), Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN 3-7908-1276-5
  • Postma, E.O., Herik, H.J. van den, and Hudson, P.T.W. (1997). SCAN: a Scalable Neural Model of Covert Attention. Neural Networks, Vol. 10, No. 6, pp. 993-1015. ISSN 0893-6080
  • Weijters, A., Bosch, A. van den, and Herik, H.J. van den (1997). Behavioural Aspects of BP-SOM. Connection Science, Vol. 9, No.3, pp. 235-251. ISSN 0954-0091