Tom van Engers

Tom van EngersLegal Knowledge Management
Room: E1.10
Phone: +31-(0)20-5253494
Email: email


  • Oratie “Goed geregeld?: Het recht als ontwerpvraagstuk.”, can be ordered from the Amsterdam University Press-page.
    The slides can be downloaded here (Powerpoint, Dutch).
  • PhD. Thesis “Knowledge Management: The Role of Mental Models in Business Systems Design”,
    A pdf version can be downloaded here.

Curriculum vitae Tom Maarten van Engers (7 april 1961)

Tom Maarten van Engers was born April 7th 1961 in Veldhoven (Netherlands).


Van Engers studied Cognitive Artificial Intelligence at the Utrecht University 1990-1994 where he graduated in
two specialisations; Cognition and Representation and Cognitive Ergonomics.
Van Engers received his PhD in 2001for the thesis Knowledge Management; the Role of Mental Models in
Business Systems Design at the faculty Mathematics and Information Sciences at the Free University in

Work Experience

Van Engers works at the Ministry of Finance since 1983. From 1983 he worked at the Automation Directorate
(Directie Automatisering der Rijksbelastingen (DAR)) at the Development Department (Bureau Ontwikkeling
Automatiseringsprojecten). There Van Engers is involved in innovation and method reseach amongst others. He
works as Manager Research at the Project Organisation Artificial Intelligence and Audit Automation from 1990
until 2000. In that function Van Engers is responsible for the research in new technologies. In that period he is
the responsible project manager for many innovative projects (e,g, risk detection, natural language processing,
data mining and digital intelligent agents on the Internet) and is he active as business (e.g. knowledge related
organisational change at the Internal Audit Department IAB. Van Engers represents the Ministry of Financial in
the interdepartmental working group Knowledge-based Systems from1999 until 1996. From 1996 until 1999
Van Engers is co-chair of the Knowledge Management working group. From 2000 until now he works for the
Design department (Centre for Process and Product Design) as programme manager for the research programme
POWER (Programme for and Ontology-based Working Environment for Rules and regulations). He is also co-
ordinator of the 5th Framework sponsored research project E-POWER.
Van Engers is professor in Legal Knowledge Management at the University of Amsterdam.
Other functions:

Van Engers is programme committee member of international conferences such as the International Symposium
on the Management of Industrial and Corporate Knowledge (ISMICK), ICAIL (International Conference on
Artificial Intelligence and Law) and DEXA/E-Government. Van Engers is former chair of the Vanwoodman
International Society for Knowledge Productivity and former chair of the EU-Forum working group on Change
Management and Cross-Institutional Issues. He is observer at Jurix, the society for legal information sciences.
Van Engers is member of the E-Government working group of the International Federation for Information
Processing (IFIP).