Welcome! My name is Deniz Iren. I am a postdoctoral researcher in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands. My research fields are; crowdsourcing, collective intelligence, business process management (BPM), and natural language processing (NLP).Currently, I am working on several projects:

  • BReToPI: We are working on developing NLP-based algorithms to come up with an automated, effective and "cool" way of linking organizational assets with process improvement actions.
  • Satelleye: I have developed several crowdsourcing quality assurance methods to be used in spatial information retrieval. Empowered with these methods, it is now possible to crowdsource satellite image analysis for point-of-interest (POI) detection. Applications widely vary from detecting traces of ancient civilizations to monitor land-use, water resources, and effects of climate change.
  • Voice of a Thousand Minds: This government funded R&D project aims at transforming visual web content into audial equals by using crowdsourcing-based simple vocalization techniques.

I am also an amateur endurance sports and adventure racing athlete and a photography enthusiast. Well, there is a whole lot to tell about myself. So instead you better check the links below to get to know me.



On my ResearchGate profile you can find all about my research activities and my publications.
I am a member of the amateur adventure race team: Rocklizards (Kertenkeleler). We join multi-discipline endurance races. As all members are desk workers with full-time jobs we want to show that everyone is capable of (and deserves) experiencing the nature and the frontiers of their body and mind. Support our claim. Don't go to shopping malls. Be more in the nature. Express, surprise and challenge yourself (and everybody else). Subscribe to our blog and Facebook page.
How marvellous is the world, isn't it? I invite you to visit my photoblog and see the world through my lens.
This is my isolated and somewhat outdated blog, about business stuff. So boring!
I started a personal project back in 2009 aiming at becoming an Ironman before 2015 and this is the project journal.


email: y.d.iren@vu.nl
Skype: deniz.iren