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Bart Baesens

Bart Baesens

Hometown: Leuven, Belgium

Current City: Leuven, Belgium

Master of Business Engineering in Management Informatics; KU Leuven
PhD, Applied Economic Sciences; KU Leuven

Languages spoken: Dutch, French, English, German (basic)

Using SAS since 2003    Teaching SAS since 2004

Professional experience:
Professor Bart Baesens is a professor at KU Leuven (Belgium), and a lecturer at the University of Southampton (United Kingdom). He has done extensive research on analytics, customer relationship management, web analytics, fraud detection, and credit risk management. His findings have been published in well-known international journals (e.g. Machine Learning, Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering, IEEE Transactions on Evolutionary Computation, Journal of Machine Learning Research, ...) and presented at international top conferences. He is also co-author of the book Credit Risk Management: Basic Concepts, published in 2008. He regularly tutors, advises and provides consulting support to international firms with respect to their analytics and credit risk management strategy.

Courses I teach include

Credit Risk Modeling
Analytics: Putting It All to Work
Advanced Analytics in a Big Data World
Fraud Detection Using Descriptive, Predictive, and Social Network Analytics

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Authored/coauthored works:

Analytics in a Big Data World: The Essential Guide to Data Science and its Applications
Profit Driven Business Analytics: A Practitioner's Guide to Transforming Big Data into Added Value
Fraud Analytics Using Descriptive, Predictive, and Social Network Techniques: A Guide to Data Science for Fraud Detection
Credit Risk Analytics: Measurement Techniques, Applications, and Examples in SAS
Credit Risk Management: Basic concepts: financial risk components, rating analysis, models, economic and regulatory capital

Notable achievements:

Best Paper Award in the Design Track at the International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS)
McGraw Hill Australia Honorable Mention for Paper in Entrepreneurship Finance, Profitability & Growth

Invited speaker at conferences

Keynote address, SAS Analytics 2011 conference (2011)
10th Annual Advanced Analytics and Predictive Modeling Forum, The Institute for Health and Business Insight, Central Michigan University (2011)
Keynote address, SAS M2009 Conference (2009)
Keynote address, SAS M2008 Conference (2008)
A backtesting and benchmarking framework for Basel II, School of Management, University of Edinburgh (2007)

What students are saying:

Bart did an excellent job during his lectures to talk about practical use of the techniques he was going through.
Fantastic, his ability to take complex issues and make they simple was excellent.
Bart 's seminar is world-class, and best I have ever attended. He is rare kind of instructors who knows the field so well in both academical and industrial setting. He is a very dedicated instructor and very professional in instructing and answering questions. I am very impressed by SAS Institute's capability to hire such world-class analytics talent to teach SAS courses.

What is your favorite training course and why?
Credit Risk Modeling Using SAS, because it allows me to cover the entire spectrum from simple scoring models, to advanced PD, LGD and EAD models and ending with validation and stress testing.

What is the best part about teaching?
The interaction and challenging questions I get from my students which allows me to continuously learn new things.

Do you have any hobbies, favorite activities, or hidden talents?
I am a wine lover and read a lot of books on World War I and II. I also love travelling.

What is your favorite place or dream vacation destination?
Sydney, Australia and Barcelona, Spain

If you could share a meal with anyone dead or alive, who would it be and why?
Winston Churchill, amazing personality to me!

Are you passionate about a particular sports team?
I am a soccer fan and my favorite team is from my birth town in Belgium, Club Brugge!

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