Curriculum Vitae

Mathijs de Bruin


Name Mathijs de Bruin
Date of birth May 3, 1985
Place of birth Haarlem, The Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Maritial status Single
Addresss IJburglaan 1319
1087 JJ Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Mobile phone +31 (0)6 44 838 131
Internet phone +31 (0)85 785 333 5
Professional profiles GitHub
Django People
Django Gigs

Core competences

Computer Skills

Programming languages Python (Django), C, JavaScript (Zepto/jQuery, AMD/Require.js, Backbone.js), C++, Java, PHP, SQL, XSLT, Bash shell scripting
Scientific toolkits MATLAB, NumPy/SciPy, matplotlib, PyCV, Theano (limited experience)
Version control systems GIT, Mercurial, Subversion
Application development platforms Django, PhoneGap, HTML5/CSS3, Yeoman, Grunt, Node.js (limited experience)
Operating systems FreeBSD, MacOS X, Linux (Ubuntu, Gentoo, Slackware), Windows
System administration MySQL, Postgres, Apache, Redis, BIND, Postfix, Lighttpd, Nginx, Jenkins, syslog-ng, Cacti, Memcached, Fabric, Amazon EC2, S3 and CloudFront


Python/Django workshop HKV Lijn in Water
  Three-day introductionary workshop into Python programming and Django web development for experienced programmers, resulting in a basic application for visualizing and browsing measurement data.
Genuine or counterfeit De Nederlandsche Bank (The Dutch National Bank)
  Bilangual HTML5 web application for demonstrating the security features of Euro bills to retailers and other professionals.
EuroBiljet De Nederlandsche Bank (The Dutch National Bank)
  Multiplatform (Android, iOS) mobile application for spreading awereness of the security features of Euro bank notes.
Project Bluebottle 1%CLUB
  Assistance in kickstarting the new iteration of the 1%CLUB's Open Source crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform for international collaboration.
Newspeak Bits of Freedom
  A standalone feed aggregator able to effectively handle and filter the less-than-ideal quality RSS feeds of the Dutch government's official publications in a scalable and efficient manner. Particularly, Newspeak is able to dynamically extract file links, titles and descriptions from content linked to in the RSS feed.
PIM (Privacy Inzage Machine) Bits of Freedom
  Online application for requesting insight in collected personal information according to the Dutch privacy law.
Cosmania webshop Cosmania
  Fully customized webshop for the online cosmetics platform Cosmania

Professional Experience

December 2011 - now Software Architect at Visualspace
  Developing interactive, complex and scalable applications for mobile and web with a strong awereness of design, user perspectives and team collaboration.
June 2010 - now Freelance Python/Django consultant
  Consultancy, implementation, advice and workshops concerning software architecture, scalability, API design, data modeling and best practises for Python/Django.
June 2001 - December 2011 Senior Developer at Visualspace
  Design, documentation and implementation of web applications using Django, Zope and Apache Cocoon. System administration (FreeBSD, OS X and Linux).
April 2000 - Nov. 2001 Web Developer at PICADIA
  Construction of websites (HTML, CSS and JavaScript) from design concepts.


Sep. 2004 - Sep. 2010 University of Amsterdam, BSc Physics
  Special interests: the interpretation of quantum mechanics, quantum gases, energy and climate studies and experimental particle physics.
Sep. 2005 - Sep. 2010 University of Amsterdam, BoA Philosophy
  Special interests: philosophy of science, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, logic and semantics.
1997 - 2003 Mendelcollege Haarlem, VWO (preuniversity education)

Extracurricular Activities

Sep. 2010 - April 2010 Chief editor for Scoop
  Graphic design and chief editor of the student magazine for physics students at the University of Amsterdam.
Okt. 2007 - Nov. 2008 Initiator of The Bubble Project in Amsterdam
  Critical street-art project, questioning the commercial domination of public space by advertisement.

Language Skills

Dutch native
English fluent
German average
French, Brazilian Portuguese some experience

Awards and Achievements

May 2009 Science Park Amsterdam New Idea Price: Peer-to-peer logistics
  Won both the public's price (€ 1000) as well as the jury's price (€ 2000) for the innovative concept of using decentralised peer-to-peer networks and semantic web technology for the coordination and routing in logistics.

Papers and articles

Understanding physical time

The formulation of a conceptual framework for understanding physical time and temporal phenomena.

Bachelor's thesis for philosophy

Alternatieve Alternatieven
(Alternative Alternatives)

Exploration of lesser-known durable technologies and their possible applications in The Netherlands.

Final thesis for 'Energy and climate' BSc honours module.

Proposal for a formal interpretation of Latour's actor-network theory aimed at computational application An interpretation of Bruno Latour's actor-network theory, suggesting the possibility of developing a semantically and interpretively neutral tool for the analysis of information.
Connecting First- and Third-person Perspectives A generalization of consciousness as resonant patterns in complex (non-linear) systems, and an information-theoretic argument exploring upper limits to self-consciousness and self-knowledge.
The Quantum Measurement Process; natural emergence of classicality in measurement processes Discussion of the typical aspects of a measurement process in quantum physics, the interpretation thereof and the description of such a process wherein classical 'macroscopic' behaviour is shown to emerge naturally (ie. without a collapse postulate).

Personal interests

Last modified: November 25, 2013