"In my woodworking hobby I often see an elegance and simplicity in designs that is regularly lacking in the complex high-tech systems I encounter in my professional life. It is my aim to find, model, and understand the principles and structures that make these systems function in their context. Wouldn't it be nice if we could put elegance and simplicity in high-tech products, not only for users, but also for its creators?"
I started as a research fellow at ESI in September 2008. My interests centre on the exploration and reasoning about system architectures, system-level behaviour modelling and multi-disciplinary system design.
I studied Technical Physics at the University of Twente, where my thesis ‘Optical Characterization in Flow Cytometry: Optimization and Miniaturization’ resulted in a PhD degree in 1995. Afterwards, I accepted a post-doctorate position at the Laser Center of the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, where I worked on optical spectroscopic techniques for characterizing cardiovascular tissues for diagnostic purposes.
In 1998 I joined Philips Research, starting with a 2-year education in computational science. I continued investigating various complex systems in the consumer, ambient intelligence, and medical domains as a research scientist and system architect. These systems included: intelligent user interfaces, distribution of multimedia presentations, in-home resource management, broadband services, intelligent homes for elderly care, automatic recognition of human behaviour and personal emergency response services, in particular fall detection.
Current ESI project
- Carm 2G