Max Van Kleek

Max Van Kleek is a designer and web scientist creating semantic web technologies that enable free access to personal information and ways to interact with it. Currently Van Kleek is a post-doctoral researcher at the Advanced Knowledge Technologies Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration at the University of Southampton with Sir Tim Berners-Lee and others. Van Kleek holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (MIT CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he focused his research on information access, analysis, management, and distribution in the Haystack Group, with a focus on artificial intelligence algorithms for personal information visualisation and user modeling. Prior to MIT CSAIL he worked at the MIT Media Lab, doing interaction design under John Maeda in the Aesthetics and Computation Group, where he helped develop Atmosphere for the Workspheres exhibit for the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in 2001. Van Kleek grew up in Tokyo, Japan and his family hails from Boise, Idaho.