EducationI was born in Smilde, the Netherlands, on December 23, 1978. In 1997 I finished the Atheneum (high school) at the Vincent van Gogh College in Assen. The year after, I received my propedeuse in Computer Science from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. I then started to study Artificial Intelligence, by then known as Cognitve Science and Engineering. I received my M.Sc. degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Groningen in 2002. The title of my M.Sc. thesis was "Selection of Landmarks for Visual Landmark Navigation on a Mobile Robot" (pdf pdf).
Junior TeacherUntil 2005, I was appointed as a junior teacher at the same department I graduated from. I taught a number of theoretical and practical courses on Robotics and Autonomous Systems. Furthermore, I supervised a number of students with their Bachelor and Master projects. Finally, I organized a number of events. A full overview of my activities as junior teacher can be found here.