1978 Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy with great distinction, State University of Ghent. Subject: Linear System Theory and Quantum Mechanics, promotor: Prof. Dr. Leo Apostel (State University Ghent).
1982 Bachelor’s degree with the greatest distinction in Mathematics through the Central Examination Commission of the Ministry of Education. Subject: Catastrophe Theory, promotor: Prof. Dr. R.Delanghe (State University Ghent).
1982-1985 Software engineer at Bell Telephone Antwerp (Belgium). Main concerns there were the operating system and relational database of System 12, a digital exchange which can be viewed as a massively parallel computer.
1985-1992 Affiliation with the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Free University Brussels headed by Prof. Dr. L. Steels through his research on parallelism, genetic algorithms and classifier systems. Ph. D. with the greatest distinction. Subject: Selectionism as a Basis for Categorization and Adaptive Behavior, promotor: Prof. Dr. L. Steels. Received the IBM-prize for Informatics for this dissertation.
1992-1994 Assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science (Faculty of Economics) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam where he is teaching the courses Knowledge Systems, Programming Paradigms and Learning Systems.
Since 1994 Professor in the Computer Science Department at the University of Brussels where he is teaching the courses Formal Methods, Algorithms and Datastructures, Adaptive Systems, Theory of Computation, and Techniques of Artificial Intelligence.