Associate Professor

Web Information Systems, TU Delft


  • If you are interested in a PhD or Postdoc position in information retrieval and related areas (NLP, data science) please get in touch!
  • Our paper Contrasting search as a learning activity with instructor-designed learning led by Felipe Moraes with Sindunuraga Rikarno Putra, a Master student in my team, as second author, accepted as a full paper at CIKM 2018 (blog post).
  • Two demos of my team made an appearance at SIGIR 2018: a collaborative search (on GitHub: frontend and backend) and an A/B testing framework (also on GitHub)
  • In February 2018 I started a new project on algorithmic biases together with the University of Amsterdam. Exciting times ahead!
  • The Search as Learning Dagstuhl Seminar I co-organized in 2017 was a success! I wrote a blog post on some of the challenges we identified.
  • I have spent my summer ‘17 at Blendle, a Dutch online news platform startup, and tinkered around with their search.
  • I attended ICLR in April ‘17 and wrote a blog post about it.


Since 2013, I have been working as staff member (Assistant Prof since 2013, tenured as of 2016 and Associate as of 2018) 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 four PhD students I am currently focusing on large-scale learning analytics and how to incorporate search into the learning process at scale. In 2016 and 2017 I have been awarded two prestigious personal grants by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) with a total funding of more than 1 million euros; this translates into 4-5 PhD/postdoc positions in the developing “search as learning” research area; take a look at the Dagstuhl Seminar I co-organized on the topic to get an idea of what it is about. TU Delft is a very active provider of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on the edX platform, which provides a rich experimental playground for my Lambda-Lab team. 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 (check the speaker notes as well):

I also recently gave an invited keynote at the French IR conference CORIA 2018 on the topic of Search as Learning:


PO Box 5031
2600 GA Delft
The Netherlands

Office: Van Mourik Broekmanweg 6, East Wing 04.60
Email: c.hauff[at] or claudia.hauff[at]

Current and past members of my lab


  • NWO Aspasia grant (100,000€) as a top-up of my NWO VIDI (50K for my research, 50K for diversity measures in the faculty), September 2018.
  • NWA Startimpulsprogramma VWData (325,000€) awarded together with 2 co-PIS. A two-year Postdoc position will be funded within a work package that considers fairness in news recommenders.
  • NWO VIDI grant (800,000€) for my proposal SearchX: Integrating search and sensemaking into large-scale open online learning, May 2017 (personal grant, 15% acceptance rate)
  • NWO TOP grant (226,000€) 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, 23% acceptance rate)
  • 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€, 1 co-PI) to bring real-time teaching and learning analytics into the classroom, July 2016
  • TU Delft Study Success tender (3,000€, 1 co-PI) to further improve teaching in the Bachelor, September 2015
  • TU Delft Blended Education tender (10,000€, 1 co-PI) to improve teaching in the Bachelor, September 2014

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