I am professor at the HvA University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam, and professor at the University of Amsterdam. My research and teaching focuses on ‘Digital Life’: how can IT be used in our daily lives and on ‘Ambient robotics’: the role of robots in that.
1981: M.Sc., Delft University of Technology
1986: Ph.D. Delft University of Technology
1986-1988: Postdoct Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA
1989-2010: Associate professor, University of Amsterdam
2004-current: Lector ‘Digital Life’, HvA University of Applied Science
2010-current: Scientific director ‘Create-IT’
2011-current: Professor by special appointment ‘Ambient Robotics’, University of Amsterdam
From 1995 till now I supervised 9 Ph.D. theses, on topics as neural networks, visual navigation and distributed camera surveillance. On the latter topic I have a patent, and a product is being developed. My current Ph.D. projects focus on sensor data fusion, activity recognition and vision based robot mapping. Together with Vanessa Evers I work on Human Robot Interaction, we we jointly supervise a Ph.D. student.
Currently my main activities are focused on my position as ‘lector’ at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, which is an institute for higher professional education. I lead a group in the Computer Science department on the topic of ‘Digital Life’ . Furthermore I am scientific director of the ‘CreateIT Research Centre’ which is responsible for the applied research activities of the School for Communication, Media and ICT.