Albert-Jan Boonstra is programme manager technical research at Astron, the Netherlands institute for radio astronomy in Dwingeloo. His scientific interests are signal processing, artificial intelligence and scientific computing. He studied applied physics at Groningen University (1987). After starting his career at Sron, he joined Astron in 1992. He received his PhD from Delft University of Technology for research on radio frequency interference mitigation for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (2005). He headed several groups and has led projects in the area of large-scale computing challenges, artificial intelligence and distributed space-based interferometry.