Christoph Lofi

Associate Professor


Associate Professor at the Web Information Systems group of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS/EWI), Delft University of Technology.

My long-term research vision is to develop Semantic-based Data Engineering and Knowledge Engineering Methodologies that enable the development of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) Data Management platforms to serve as a foundation of future sustainable societal re-search.

I address research questions related to extracting knowledge from unstructured data, generation and handling of meta-data, integrating datasets, enriching datasets, and semantic query processing.

As the process of understanding the semantics of data is domain-specific, generic methods and solutions in these fields are typically limited in their effectiveness. Thus, in addition to fundamental contributions, semantic data engineering research needs to be carried out in an application do-main. Aligned with TU Delft’s research vision to strive for “Impact for a better society”, I emphasize interdisciplinary application domains with high societal impact, but which also have a high de-mand for innovative data engineering approaches. The major application domains I target are agri-cultural and botanical sciences, public health, and nutrition and translational sciences.

I am teaching a several Data Management courses at TU Delft, and actively work on strengthening data education within and outside TU Delft.

I serve as the Director of Studies for BSc Computer Science and Engineering.

Current Projects and Research Lines

  • Plant-XR & Data-XR: Large-scale NWO LTP 10-year programme on developping a new generation of intelligent breeding tools for extra resilient crops. My tream focuses on semantic integration and knowledge provenance management.
  • Future Libraries Lab: In collaboration with Royal Library Den Haag, focus on stimulating new technologies for public and academic libraries that are needed in tomorrow’s world.
  • Time Travel through Historic Maps and the long-term Role of Planning in Developing a Response to Pandemics: Funded by Volkswagen Foundation, in collaboration with HafenCity Universität Hamburg and History of Architecture and Urban Planning TU Delft.
  • Towards Fairer and more Reliable Data-Driven Decision Support Systems: in collaboration with Cognizant
  • Valentine - Semantic Data Integration on Scale
  • (Upcoming) TROIKA Trustworthy Collaborative Knowledge Engineering NWO NGF in Nutritional and Translational Sciences: Upcoming ICAI Lab




I am currently teaching several courses at TU Delft:

Education Awards

I was elected three times to the Top-3 for the Teacher of The Year Awards for Computer Science (academic years 2019-2021), organised by the Christiaan Huygens Study association.

Education Management

Short CV


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Visiting address:
Building 28
Room - 3.W.780 East 3rd floor
Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6
2628 XE Delft
The Netherlands