Erik Duval

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Erik Duval
Erik Duval.jpg
Born (1965-09-11)11 September 1965
Schoten Belgium
Died 12 March 2016(2016-03-12) (aged 50)
Leuven, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Known for IEEE LOM, ARIADNE[1]
Scientific career
Fields Augmenting Human Intellect
Institutions Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Erik Duval (11 September 1965 – 12 March 2016) was a Belgian computer scientist.[2] Duval chaired the informatics section[3] of the computer science department[4] of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he also chaired the research unit on human-computer interaction.[5] His research was situated in the long-standing quest to augment the human intellect.

Life and career[edit]

Duval served on the executive committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), as a fellow of the AACE, as a member of ACM, and the IEEE computer society, on the Editorial Review Board and the Executive Advisory Board of the International Journal on E-Learning, as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT), on the board of editors of the Journal of Universal Computer Science, and as a member of the informatics section of the Academia Europeae.

In the last stages of his research career, Duval and his team were focused on:

  • Capturing user actions for analysis of the user experience (with sensors like brainwave, ECG, eyetracking, … but also software sensors that track what people do)
  • Personal information visualisation, where we try to help users with awareness, reflection, sensemaking, and behaviour change.

Typical application areas for this research included

Selected academic works[edit]

Duval has published over 100 papers.[6] A selection of the highly cited ones:[7]

  • 2002, Metadata Principles and Practicalities[8]
  • 2002, IEEE Standard for learning object metadata
  • 2002, Reusable learning objects: a survey of LOM-based repositories[9]
  • 2001, The Ariadne knowledge pool system[10]
  • 2003, A LOM Research Agenda[11]
  • 2007, Social Software for Lifelong learning[12]
  • 2005, Automating metadata generation: the simple indexing interface[13]
  • 2007, Tracking actual usage: the attention metadata approach[14]
  • 2011, Attention please!: learning analytics for visualization and recommendation[15]


In March 2014, Duval was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. After chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, a PET scan mid-January 2015 did not show any more traces of the disease[16]. In the summer of 2015, a new diagnose revealed T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma.[17] Duval died on March 12, 2016.


To honor the memory of Erik Duval, the [Society for Learning Analytics Research] created Erik Duval Student Scholarships to o provide support for students attending Learning Analytics Summer Institute[18].


  1. ^ "ARIADNE Foundation - Homepage". 
  2. ^ "In memoriam Prof. dr. ir. Erik Duval". KULeuven Departement Computerwetenschappen. 
  3. ^ "Informatics section K.U. Leuven - Homepage". 
  4. ^ "Computer science department K.U. Leuven - Homepage". 
  5. ^ "Research unit on human-computer interaction K.U. Leuven - Homepage". 
  6. ^ Erik Duval at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ Erik Duval publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ Duval, Erik; Hodgins, Wayne; Sutton, Stuart; Weibel, Stuart L (2002). "Metadata principles and practicalities". D-Lib Magazine. 8 (4): 16. doi:10.1045/april2002-weibel. 
  9. ^ Neven, Filip; Duval, Erik (2002-12-01). Reusable learning objects: a survey of LOM-based repositories (PDF). 10th ACM International Conference on Multimedia. pp. 291–294. 
  10. ^ Duval, Erik; Forte, Eddy; Cardinaels, Kris; Verhoeven, Bart; Van Durm, Rafael; Hendrikx, Koen; Wentland Forte, Maria; Ebel, Norbert; Macowicz, Maciej; Warkentyne, Ken; Haenni, Florence (2001-05-01). "The Ariadne knowledge pool system" (PDF). Communications of the ACM. 44 (5): 72–78. doi:10.1145/374308.374346. 
  11. ^ Duval, Erik; Hodgins, Wayne (2003-05-20). A LOM Research Agenda (PDF). WWW (Alternat Paper Tracks). 
  12. ^ Klamma, Ralf; Chatti, Mohamed Amine; Duval, Erik; Hummel, Hans; Thora Hvannberg, Ebba; Kravcik, Milos; Law, Effie; Ambjörn, Naeve; Scott, Peter (2007-07-01). "Social Software for Life-long Learning" (PDF). Journal of Educational Technology & Society. 10 (3). 
  13. ^ Cardinaels, Kris; Meire, Michael; Duval, Erik (2005-05-10). Automating metadata generation: the simple indexing interface (PDF). 14th international conference on World Wide Web. ACM. pp. 548–556. 
  14. ^ Wolpers, Martin; Najjar, Jehad; Verbert, Katrien; Duval, Erik (2007-07-01). "Tracking actual usage: the attention metadata approach" (PDF). Journal of Educational Technology & Society. 10 (3): 106–121. 
  15. ^ Duval, Erik (2011-02-27). Attention please!: learning analytics for visualization and recommendation. 1st International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. pp. 9–17. 
  16. ^ "Erik Duval na non-hodgekinlymfoom - Homepage". 
  17. ^ "Erik Duval Blog, July 6th 2015". Erik Duval. 
  18. ^ "Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of SoLAR" (PDF).