Ilja Strobbe

Software Engineer
ilja@robonaut.be
Dutch
English
French

About

Senior software engineer with a background in theoretical physics who specializes in scalable software architecture, performant API’s and beautiful user interfaces. Out of the box thinker who is fluent in a number of programming languages and frameworks and comfortable with both frontend and backend development. Autodidact who learns quickly and is intrinsically motivated to get things done. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Willing to take the initiative when working both individually and as part of a team. Passionate about space travel, big questions, creativity and the fabric of reality. Applies string theory to guitars and pianos.

Work

Senior Full Stack Engineer
2018/04/10 - present
Sentiancehttps://www.sentiance.com
Sentiance is a data science company turning IOT sensor data into rich insights about people’s behavior and real-time context. These insights enable companies to understand how customers go through their everyday lives, discover and anticipate the moments that matter most, and adapt their engagement to real-world behavior and real-time context.
To accomodate a newly conceived coaching platform, I wrote the graphQL API and the database design (PostgreSQL) and together with our team I integrated this API with other internal services (Apache Kafka). We also made a new flavor of the mobile app to showcase the added coaching capabilities.
My first task upon arriving was a complete rewrite of the Sentiance demo app (Journeys) which embeds their proprietary tracking SDK. Therefore we bridged the native SDK's for android and iOS to React Native. We created a brand new app (React Native, Redux) and added animated interactive map views (Mapbox) together with custom animations and data visualisations, powered by a GraphQL API interface. I also created a CI/CD pipeline that automated distributing multiple flavors of their app (and sdk) enforcing 98% test coverage.
Full Stack Hero
2012/05/01 - 2018/04/10
Small Town Heroes is a Ghent based startup that provides software tools and services for broadcaster and publishers with a focus on mobile video experiences and user interactions.
I was responsible for the design and implementation of scalable backend services, high traffic websites, API's and CMS interfaces for a variety of (live) TV shows. I took care of the full release cycle of the services - from concept to production releases - with an eye for quality, detail and user experience. My area of expertise essentially covered their complete technology stack ranging from server deploys to UI tweaks. While continuously learning I gained expert knowledge of and hands-on experience with Amazon Web Services, Node.js and its ecosystem, serverless architectures, RESTful dockerized web services, NoSQL data stores and a plethora of frontend development frameworks like react and react-native.
R&D Engineer
2012/01/01 - 2012/04/30
iMinds is Flanders’ digital research & entrepreneurship hub. We drive digital innovation for society and economy, through strategic and applied research on key digital technologies.
R&D Engineer
2009/01/01 - 2012/01/01
VRT-medialab is the technological research department of VRT, Flanders’ public service broadcaster. VRT-medialab carries out research into the creation, management and distribution of media content. Its focus is on the Flemish media market, but VRT-medialab pursues collaboration on a European and worldwide level.
I was part of the development team that launched one of the first second-screen applications (Ruby, Redis, PostgreSQL) for use during a live TV show for a major broadcaster. In the hours before launching I fixed a critical performance issue.
In my first year I wrote an IEE publication for SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers): "Taking File-Based Workflows to the Next Level: Project and Timeline Based Integrations."
Application Logic Tests
2007/09/01 - 2008/12/31
SmartPhoto is one of the leading providers of photo service in Europe; and is dedicated to making beautiful Photo products. Our intuitive web platform helps you share your pictures, and create stunning Photo products.
As an application tester I reviewed the code and database queries and gained hands-on experience with an international commercial platform coded in .NET #C and MS SQL. I also developed an internal tool in C# for validating photo orders.

Skills

Software Development
Microservices
TDD
CI/CD
Scrum
Web Development
Mobile Application Development
API design
Database Design
Technologie & Frameworks
NodeJS
Koa.js
Express
React
React Native
Redux
D3
GraphQL
Websockets
FFMPEG
ImageMagick
Apache Kafka
Thrift
Data Stores
PostgreSQL
MySQL
Redis
DynamoDB
Elasticsearch
Continuous Integration
Jenkins
CircleCI
Docker
Nomad
Git
Fastlane
Programming Languages
Javascript
Java
Python
Ruby
HTML/CSS

Education

Master - Applied Information Technology
2006/10/01 - 2007/08/31
Master - Theoretical Physics
2002/10/01 - 2006/06/30

Awards

IBC Innovation Award for Content Management
2016/09/01
IAB Mixx-award: Zapp Tekenapp
2014/02/01

References

I've had the pleasure of studying for my M. Sc. in physics together with Ilja, including many group assignments, and having his sharp mind and inspiring creativity around consistently made it more pleasant to Get Things Done
Wouter Smet

Interests

Music
Guitar
Piano
Producing
DJ
Sports
Cycling
Running
Snowboarding
Soccer
Fun
Live Music
Ted Talks
Movies