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Sonny Achten received a Master of Civil Engineering degree in 2014 from KU Leuven and returned to obtain a Master of Artificial Intelligence degree in 2021. Subsequently, Sonny remained at KU Leuven to join the STADIUS research group, pursuing a Ph.D in Machine Learning under the supervision of prof. Johan Suykens. His research focuses on deep learning and graph neural networks on the one hand, and kernel methods and duality on the other. Finding synergies between those fields with a theoretical mindset is his main research interest, as well as applying these models to real-life problems such as in quantitative finance.



KU Leuven, Belgium
PhD in Engineering Science, Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT), STADIUS Center for Dynamical Systems, Signal Processing and Data Analytics
under the supervision of prof. Johan Suykens


KU Leuven, Belgium
MSc, Master of Artificial Intelligence: Engineering and Computer Science


KU Leuven, Belgium
Postgraduate Studies in Corporate Finance


KU Leuven, Belgium
MSc, Master of Engineering: Civil Engineering