Assistant Professor

Web Information Systems, TU Delft



Since 2013, I have been working as Assistant Professor (tenured as of 01/2016) at the Web Information Systems group, Delft University of Technology. Between 2011 and 2012 I was a Postdoc in the same group. I received my PhD in 2010 from the University of Twente, where I worked in the Human Media Interaction group. The Otto-von-Guericke University of Magdeburg in Germany was my home during my undergraduate years as a student in computer science. In the past, I have worked on a variety of topics in the fields of information retrieval & data science, including query performance prediction (the topic of my PhD thesis), social search, computational social science, learning to search and IR for specific user groups.

I have diverse research interests and am always happy to dive into a new area. Together with three PhD students I am supervising (Guanliang Chen, Yue Zhao and Dan Davis), I am currently focusing on large-scale learning analytics and how to incorporate search into the learning process at scale (after all, I am an IR researcher!). TU Delft is a very active provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the edX platform, which provides a rich experimental playground; ultimately, I and the whole WIS Learning Analytics team I lead, aim to provide insights and develop mechanisms to improve learning at scale. To get a quick overview of the kind of questions we have recently published about, take a look at the following slides, they cover each contribution in 1-2 slides:

If you are looking for collaborations in the crossover between learning analytics and IR, please get in touch.


PO Box 5031
2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands

Office: HB 08.110
Email: c.hauff[at] or claudia.hauff[at]

Organizational duties and activities


  • Recipient of a 226,000€ NWO Top Grant to conduct “innovative or high-risk scientific research that addresses questions of high quality and urgency;” specifically I will push the boundaries of large-scale collaborative search, November 2016 (personal grant)
  • Grant (33,000€) from the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Education and Learning to conduct research on the benefits of eyetracking in massive open online learning, November 2016
  • TU Delft Education Research tender (2,500€) to bring real-time teaching and learning analytics into the classroom, July 2016
  • TU Delft Study Success tender (3,000€) to further improve teaching in the Bachelor, September 2015
  • TU Delft Blended Education tender (10,000€) to improve teaching in the Bachelor, September 2014