Marie-Colette van Lieshout

Full Name
Prof.dr. M.N.M. van Lieshout
+31 20 592 4008
Scientific Staff Member
Marie-Colette van Lieshout


1997 - date: Scientific staff member


Marie-Colette van Lieshout published three books, edited three further monographs and wrote more than sixty journal articles in stochastic geometry, spatial statistics and image analysis. Her research concerns the modelling and analysis of complicated geometrical structures. She has worked extensively on point and object processes, random fields and tessellation models.  Van Lieshout is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.


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Professional activities

  • Honorary Position: elected fellow ISI.
  • Member: Nederlandse Vereniging voor Patroonherkenning en Beeldverwerking (NVPHBV).
  • Member: ERCIM working group Muscle (Image and Video Universtanding).
  • Reviewer: Mathematical Reviews.
  • Member: `Groupe de Recherche Geometrie Stochastique' , CNRS, France.
  • Board Member: advisory board InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Diemen, The Netherlands.
  • Member: mathematics acquisitions, library committee CWI.
  • Editor: Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability - member editorial board.
  • Professor: Professor by special appointment Universiteit Twente - Appointed Professor of Spatial Stochastics at the, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Speaker: Stochastic geometric models for image analysis. BMS-ANed winter bijeenkomst.
  • Board Member: STAR cluster
  • Member: appointment committee to chair, University of Twente
  • Member: panel for promotions, University of California at Los Angelos
  • Organizer: Session on behalf of STAR research cluster on Numerics meets Statistics at 55th NMC Velthoven
  • Speaker: Perfect simulation for length-interacting polygonal Markov fields in the plane. Mini-symposium on rare events, simulation and queueing networks. Enschede.
  • Committee member: programme committee Computational Intelligence for Multimedia Understanding, Sorrento, Italy
  • Organizer: session on Highly structured stochastic systems at the 12 international conference of the ERCIM WG on computational and methodological statistics in London
  • Member: jury to evaluate research proposals submitted to research council NWO
  • Member: selection and appointment committee, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Advisor: MSc thesis Statistical disclosure control when publishing on thematic maps (with J. Goseling, P.P. de Wolf and E. de Jonge)
  • Advisor: MSc internship Biodiversity at Barro Colorado Island by Maike de Jongh (with R.J. Boucherie)
  • Speaker: Puntprocesmodellen voor aardbevingen, toegepast op data uit Groningen en Kashmir. Wintersymposium KWG, Utrecht.
  • Board Member: Council Bernoulli Society
  • Committee member: programme committee of International Workshop on Computational Intelligence for Multimedia Understanding, Rhodes, Greece
  • Member: jury to evaluate research proposals submitted to TTW/NWO
  • Board Member: Ambtelijk secretaris Commissie Persoonlijke Archieven van Wiskundigen van het Koninklijk Wiskundig Genootschap
  • Member: selection committee Constance van Eeden fellowship
  • Advisor: Internship Bram de Jong 'Speeding up image reconstruction algorithm using matrix decomposition' (with W. Choi)
  • Advisor: Internship Thomas Middelkamp, Air pollution exposure assessment. (with A.M.M. Manders-Groot and K. de Hoogh)
  • Advisor: BSc dissertation Dorien van Leeuwen 'Kitchen fire data analysis and modeling' (with M. de Graaf and C. Lu)
  • Speaker: Keynote speaker - International Association for Mathematical Geosciences
  • Committee member: programme committee international workshop on computational intelligence for multimedia understanding, Hammamet, Tunisia
  • Committee member: programme committee pervasive sensing and multimedia understanding, Dijon, France
  • Professor: Full professor Spatial Stochastics at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Twente
  • Committee member: scientific committee Spatial Statistics, Boulder
  • Advisor: BSc dissertation Janiek Smulders 'Analysis of random forest algorithms'


  • KLEIN grant (2019)
  • Data driven risk management for fire services (jointly supervised with Professor R.J. Boucherie and dr Graaf). (2019)
  • NWO DeepNL grant `Comprehensive monitoring and prediction of seismicity within the Groningen gas field using large scale field observations' (jointly with Professor J.A. Trampert and Drs K. Smetana and H. Paulssen). (2018)
  • STAR Outreach Day `Earthquake modelling and analysis' (jointly with Professors R.J. Boucherie and G. Jongbloed). (2016)
  • PPS Ministry of Defence - CWI (jointly with Professors R.D. van der Mei and S. Bhulai). (2015)
  • statistical consultant for `Video communication for networked communities' (Vconect, FP7 ICT-2011-28-7760). (2013)
  • partner in`Realization of reliable and secure residential sensor platforms'. (2010)
  • NWO Vrije Competition grant `Segmentation and motion analysis using polygonal Markov fields' (613.000.809). (2009)
  • Section Mathematical Statistics of the Dutch Society for Statistics and Operational Research conference grant and STAR cluster guarantee grant for Stochastics Meetings Lunteren, (jointly with Professors W.Th.F. den Hollander and A.W. van der Vaart). (2004)