Albert-Jan Nicholas Yzelman was born in Zevenaar, the Netherlands. He was raised in Duiven, and after obtaining his Atheneum diploma there in 2002, he started his scientific career at Utrecht University. By 2007, he graduated with a BSc in both mathematics and computing sciences as well as a MSc in scientific computing. His final internship involved researching R-trees in application to oil reservoir simulation software, done in collaboration with Alten Nederland and the Royal Dutch Shell.
In 2011, he received his PhD from Utrecht University for his thesis “Fast sparse matrix-vector multiplication by partitioning and reordering,” written under the supervision of Rob H. Bisseling. Afterwards, Albert-Jan moved to Leuven, Belgium to work at KU Leuven, first within the Intel ExaScience Laboratory, and later within the ExaScience Life HPC Lab. His research spanned high-performance computing, sparse computations, and machine learning in life science applications. The labs were collaborations between Flemish universities, Intel, and Johnson & Johnson.
In 2015, Albert-Jan moved to Paris to pursue a career at Huawei Technologies. There, he continues his research on parallel computing within a newly set-up research group led by Bill McColl, and continues to contribute to the fields of parallel computing, high-performance computing, sparse computations, and big data.