Maarten de Rijke is full professor of Information Processing and Internet in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. He holds MSc degrees in Philosophy and Mathematics (both cum laude), and a PhD in Theoretical Computer Science. He worked as a postdoc at CWI, before becoming a Warwick Research Fellow at the University of Warwick, UK. He joined the University of Amsterdam in 1998, and was appointed full professor in 2004. He leads the Information and Language Processing Systems group. While relatively young, this group has rapidly established itself as one of the leading academic research groups in information retrieval in Europe. His current focus is on intelligent web information access, with projects on search and discovery for informal text, vertical search engines, question answering, weakly or semi-structured documents, and multilingual information. A Pionier personal innovational research incentives grant laureate (comparable to advanced ERC grant), De Rijke has published over 450 papers, has published or edited over a dozen books, is editor for various journals and book series, and a former coordinator or retrieval evaluation tracks at TREC, CLEF and INEX (Blog, Web, Question answering).