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Jan van Rijn

‘I am teaching the Bachelor course Algorithms and Data structures, and the Master course Automated Machine Learning. The first course is a good match. I have been involved in this course as a teaching assistant during my Master's, and now I am teaching it myself.'

'The Automated Machine Learning course is a pleasure to teach. It is exactly my field of research. I have developed the course from scratch, based on courses that I was teaching during my post-docs.

Engaging discussions

I get a lot of energy from engaging in discussions with the students. Being able to give these courses in person again, really enhances this experience. I especially like the sessions where the students are challenged in an open discussion. Reasoning together often gives interesting solutions that has not even crossed your own mind yet.

Stay evolving

In my vision, the course material should always be evolving. Even for old courses, such as Algorithms and Datastructures (started early 2000s), each year I aim to update the course material. The changes are based on the interaction with the students. If one topic is quite complex for them, I try to add some material. When a topic seems too trivial, I will skip over it faster the next year. While it takes quite a lot of time to finetune, I find this really rewarding.’

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