Home page of Hubert CHRISTIAEN

Curriculum vitae

I was born in the beautiful city of Bruges. I studied Latin and Greek in the "St Lodewijkscollege", which at that time was in the centre of the city, on the place of the actual "Zilverpand". I was also a member of the boy scout group "Graalridders" (Knights of the Holy Grail). The first 4 years of college we were not allowed to show up in uniform in the college. But it happened often that we had to go from a boy scouts meeting directly to the college. Then, in front of the college gate, we took of our scouting scarf and put on a normal tie. So we were no longer in uniform, but everybody could see by the color of our shirt that we came directly from a scouts meeting. So we felt a bit like selected members of a secret organisation.

Studied physics at the university of Leuven, with a specialisation in nuclear physics. Worked one year at the Belgian nuclear research centre (S.C.K.) in Mol as a bursar of the I.W.O.N.L. (Institute for Scientific Research in Industry and Agriculture) in the section on neutron physics.

Came back to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as "monitor" (tutor) for the first year engineer students, more specifically for the subject of mechanics.

Became Doctor of Science in February 1978 with a thesis on "Ontwerpen en weergeven van driedimensionele voorwerpen met behulp van de computer" (= design and reproduction of three-dimensional objects by computer) (promoters: prof. H. Van de Vel and prof. Y.D. Willems).

Last position was associate professor at the Faculty of Engineering of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Retired since October 1, 2001. In 2004 the "Faculteit Toegepaste Wetenschappen" became "Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen".

Married with Simone Meykens, child therapist, and father of Bruno, Mark and Liesbet.

Scientific activities

This home page gives a list of some of the professional activities which filled my live up to now.

In the context of my work for the first & second year engineering students I made some CAI programs (on relative motion, the law of Newton, rotating objects) and some texts (on reduction of force systems, dynamic equilibrium and virtual work). Recently I added a text on the evolution of putting spokes in bicycle and motorcycle wheels and I contributed some articles to the Dutch Wikipedia. See the page on mechanics. There you may also find a Quicktime movie of an amazing experiment with rotating objects.


Animation of a pendulum with the velocity and acceleration vectors
I made it from 49 screenshots of the simulation program 'Interactive Physics'. I uploaded it to Wikimedia Commons and from there it has been copied or referenced all over the world. Google on 'pendulum_animation.gif'.

Further development and implementation on IBM mainframe of the IPS authoring language created by prof. S.K. Lower, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby BC, Canada (1979-1983) in collaboration with the author.

Founder of the association "School & Computer" in 1981. This is an association for Flemish teachers of primary and secondary education interested in the use of computers in education. President of the association form 1981 to 1986. Editor in chief of the bimonthly magazine "School & Computer" from 1981 up to 1994. Wrote more than 75 articles on programming and the use of computers in education for this magazine and, after 1994, for the magazine "Informatiebulletin I&I/S&C", besides book reviews and reports. Latest function: treasurer of the association. But the association ended its activities at the end of 1999.

Main organiser or co-organiser of 12 symposia on the use of computers in education. These symposia were organised yearly from 1981 to 1991, in 1993 and a last one in 1999. Mean attendance: between 350 and 400 people.

Member of the board of directors of the Belgian Federation of Informatics Associations since 1983. Treasurer 1991-1994. President 1997-1999. Secretary from September 2000 to March 2008.

Member of the working group 6 on "Integration of Informatics in all disciplines" of the commission on "Informatics and Education" started by Mr. Coens, minister of education (1986-1987). Invited member of the group 3 after the reorganisation in 1987. (1987-1989)

Member of IFIP WG3.1 "Informatics in secondary education" from 1988 till 2001.

Member of the steering group of the DIDACTEL project. This project, started by the Bank Brussel-Lambert and Philips was aimed at the realisation of an on-line database of descriptions of educational programs. It consisted of a Dutch and a French part. I co-ordinated the input for the Dutch part, took care of the final quality control and automated the publishing of the printed version. Unfortunately, the project was ahead of its time and was stopped because of the low number of consultations, caused by the low number of modems (1987-1991)

Member of the international People-to-People delegation to China on informatics education and the use of informatics in education. (12 May -2 June 1987. Dr. Robert M. Aiken, delegation leader; Dr. A. Joseph Turner, Jr., co-leader). Spoke on "A comparative study of programming languages for secondary education" in the Science Hall in Shanghai, 25 May 1987.

Invited member of the commission on "Educational use of Computers" of the university (president: prof. J. Lowyck) 1991-1994.

Belgian co-ordinator for the European Schools Project (ESP) from 1991 till beginning 2005. Organiser of the 10th yearly conference in Leuven, March 1996. Developed the web based database of projects in 1997 (stopped in 2002) and the website for 'The Image'. in 2001.

Co-organiser of a brainstorming on the use of Internet in Flemish schools at the Flemish department of Education (29 May 1996).

Mentioned in Who's Who in the World from 1995 to 2001(But don't ask me who suggested me or why ...).

I was asked to participate in and be the co-ordinator of a Comenius 3.1 project 'Environment & Health', started in September 1998.

After being retired I joined SCV, "Senior Consultants Vlaanderen"

Web pages maintained by me

I started quit early (1994) with a list of international links for education, entitled "Schools on Internet" on the web server of the university. I received twice a mail from some people who said that they found these pages very interesting as a start for teachers. From this international page one could go to a page on the situation in Belgium. As search engines have made an immense progress, the utility of this kind of survey pages is greatly reduced. Being retired these pages were rarely updated. So I decided to let them be removed in the beginning of 2007.

I maintained the pages of the Belgian Federation of Informatics Associations until 2008.

I also developped the site for SCV, "Senior Consultants Vlaanderen"(2002)

And finally I was the first system manager for the webserver of my own section, the "Kandidatuurcentrum" (KC) 1996 till 2001. the section was, renamed in 2004 to "monitoraat Ingenieurswetenschappen" (MIRW). There I maintained more specifically the pages for mechanics

How the student saw me (1999)

How to reach me

If you are interested in reaching me, you can do so by my e-mail address .

Updated  September 2012