Aske Plaat is professor of Data Science at Leiden University, and Scientific Director of the Institute of Computer Science (LIACS). He is a founding member of the Leiden Centre of Data Science.
He has a background in artificial intelligence and distributed systems. His research interests are in large scale machine learning. He has won the Novag Award for the best computer chess publication. He is co-author of an ERC Advanced Grant on High Energy Physics and Artificial Intelligence optimization algorithms. Previously he has worked at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Tilburg University, NHTV Breda, the University of Alberta, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.