Lab members

At KU Leuven my lab puts focus on research projects covering a range of topics from insurance analytics. This page gives an overview of: my current PhD students and postdocs, as well as former PhD students and former postdocs. Interested in a PhD or postdoc position in the lab, please drop me a message!


PhD students:

Jonas Crevecoeur. Jonas holds the degrees of MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Insurance Studies and MSc in Financial and Actuarial Engineering (KU Leuven). Before starting the PhD program he worked as an intern with QBE Re (Belgium office) where he studied multiline products and copulas. Jonas is PhD fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO, PhD fellowship fundamental research) and contributes to the research line on loss modelling and reserving. In this role he also contributes to the research developed in the framework of the Argenta Research Chair at KU Leuven. Visit Jonas’ personal website.

Bavo De Cock. Bavo holds the degrees of MSc in Psychology and MSc in Statistics (both from KU Leuven). He graduated in June 2019 with a thesis on the use of regularization techniques for insurance pricing.

Laurens Deprez. Laurens is MSc in Physics and MSc in Financial and Actuarial Engineering (KU Leuven). He is affiliated with the Research Center Operations Management at KU Leuven, supervised by prof. Robert Boute and co-supervised by Katrien Antonio. Laurens studies data driven methods for the pricing of full service contracts issued by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

Roel Henckaerts. Roel holds the degrees of MSc in Mathematical Engineering, MSc in Insurance Studies and Financial and Actuarial Engineering (KU Leuven). Before starting the PhD program he worked as an intern with AIG (London office) and KBC. Roel is PhD fellow of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO, PhD fellowship strategic basic research) and contributes to the research line on machine learning in insurance. In this role he also contributes to the research developed in the framework of the Ageas Research Chair at KU Leuven. Visit Roel’s personal website.

Eva Verschueren. Eva holds the degree of MSc in Mathematics (KU Leuven). Joining the lab in September 2019, Eva will jointly work with Katrien Antonio, Jan Dhaene and Wim Schoutens, while exploring topics in actuarial and financial engineering, as well as data science.


Postdocs:

None at this moment.


Former PhD students:

Anastasios Bardoutsos. Anastasios defended his PhD thesis on Econometric models for insurance applications: essays on Bayesian mortality models, heavy tails and extreme value statistics with censored data in May 2016. His first placement was with the University of Groningen, Department of demography, as a postdoctoral researcher in the Future Mortality project of prof. Fany Janssen. Anastasios now works as insurance risk manager with Nationale Nederlanden in Rotterdam.

Sander Devriendt. Sander holds the degrees of MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Insurance Studies and Financial and Actuarial Engineering (KU Leuven). Sander worked on the mortality projection model of the Institute of Actuaries in Belgium (2015), together with Katrien Antonio. His research puts focus on regularization techniques, sparse regression models, and their use in actuarial predictive modeling. He is the author of the SMuRF package on CRAN. As first placement, Sander joined the National Bank of Belgium as quantitative analyst internal models.

Els Godecharle. Els defended her PhD thesis on Reserving for health and general insurance contracts: essays on transferability mechanisms and micro-level techniques in May 2016. She works as a data scientist and senior consultant for KPMG Australia in Melbourne.

Frank Van Berkum. Frank defended his PhD thesis on Models for population-wide and portfolio-specific mortality in March 2018 at the University of Amsterdam. Frank’s supervisor was prof. dr. ir. Michel Vellekoop (UvA) with Katrien Antonio as co-supervisor. Frank is manager for PwC in The Netherlands.

Roel Verbelen. Roel defended his PhD thesis on Data analytics for insurance loss modeling, telematics pricing and claims reserving in June 2017. Roel’s advisors were prof. Gerda Claeskens and Katrien Antonio. Roel currently works as statistician with Finity Consulting, Sydney, Australia. Visit Roel’s personal website.


Former postdocs:

María Óskarsdóttir. María holds the degrees of MSc in Mathematics (Leibniz Universitat Hannover) and PhD in Business Analytics (KU Leuven). Before joining Katrien’s lab, María’s research focus was on churn predictions in the telco industry using social networks as well as customer lifetime value modelling and survival analysis. During her postdoc in the lab (2018-2019) María studied insurance fraud analytics and contributed to the research developed in the framework of the Ageas CE Research Chair at KU Leuven. Starting September 2019, María became assistant professor at Reykjavik University.

Tom Reynkens. Tom holds a PhD in Mathematics from KU Leuven. He joined the lab as a postdoc in academic year 2017-2018. He is now a data scientist with Belfius bank in Brussels.