Geert Verdoolaege obtained the M.Sc. degree in theoretical physics in 1999 and the Ph.D. in engineering physics in 2006, both at Ghent University (UGent, Belgium). His Ph.D. work concerned applications of Bayesian probability theory to plasma spectroscopy in fusion devices. He was a postdoctoral researcher in the field of computer vision at the University of Antwerp (2007-2008), working on probabilistic modeling of image textures using information geometry. From 2008 to 2010 he was with the department of Data Analysis at UGent, where he worked on modeling and estimation of brain activity, based on functional magnetic resonance imaging. In 2010 he returned to the department of Applied Physics at UGent, first as a postdoctoral assistant and from 2014 onwards as a part-time assistant professor. Since 2013 he holds a cross-appointment as a researcher at the Laboratory for Plasma Physics of the Royal Military Academy (LPP-ERM/KMS) in Brussels. His research activities comprise development of advanced data analysis techniques (probability theory, machine learning, information geometry) and their application in fusion experiments. He also teaches a master course on continuum mechanics at Ghent University.