Francois Vanderseypen 2016Francois Vanderseypen, Ph.D.


Entrepreneur I’m captivated by the confluence of ideas and the overlap of domains where innovation happens. Combining seemingly unrelated concepts and techniques like using topological methods in language understanding, using distributed graph analytics for marketing optimization, applying ants-inspired algorithms to network forensics. I love to help startups carving a path forward and be a guide in the, sometimes confusing, world of technologies and high-tech. Trying to comprehend frameworks and platforms in order to estimate their range and scope in function of consultancy and customizations. I worked in every industry both as an employee and external consultant, seen quite a bit of businesses around the world. You can always find me for a chat whether your ideas will change the world or just rock your day.

Scientist I did my Ph.D. in mathematical physics applying graph theory and differential geometry to problems in quantum gravity and quantum field theory. Still very much in love with everything maths and numerics, I’m thrilled to see nowadays businesses embrace things like neural networks, graph analytics and data science in general. Being able to comprehend data-science from a purely mathematical point of view helps to keep a grand view of concrete techniques (say, manifold learning) and to add an extra dimension when discussing projects and business challenges.

Developer I have seen more than 25 years of software frameworks and technologies, everything from Angular to mainframes, from the first release of .Net to compliance management systems, from Photoshop v1.0 to microservices in the cloud. It would be impossible to enumerate the acronyms and cool stuff I have in my toolbox. At the same time,  I have become technology-neutral; I appreciate each programming language and technology for its pro and cons, I love Python but just as much as I enjoy data-science using R, I’ll use Swift on MacOS but just as much C++ on Ubuntu or Scala on Windows. If your project uses GPU’s on AWS I’ll be OK with that and if you adore the Service Fabric on Azure I’m cool as well.

Consultant Within data-science and artificial intelligence I’m passionate about combining techniques at every stage of a pipeline; blending new data visualizations in platforms like Hortonworks or Dataiku, applying sentiment analysis to marketing optimization, understanding the transition from MSSQL OLAP cubes to HiveQL. Our very own Qwiery framework is an example of this expertise and is a showcase of synergy and know-how.

Technology partner We try to comprehend your business and goals as much as possible in order to find the right match and (technical) solution. At Orbifold we think of partnerships as business synergies where experts collaborate to implement the best fit. It’s a network of people and know-how, not a raw sell-and-gain attitude. We appreciate products in the context of your business needs and budget.