Jobs and activities
- What makes sound annoying and how annoyance impairs health
- Sound analysis and recognition techniques for truly autonomous systems
- Emotion, attention, and perception
- Soundscape research and its applications to (community) well-being
- Agency, Autonomy, Power, and Geopolitics
I am Associate Professor (Universitair Hoofddocent) in Auditory Cognition at the University of Groningen's Institute of Artificial Intelligence ALICE .
- In the period 1991 - 1999 I collaborated with Niels Taatgen and Petra Hendriks to design and build what is now the department Artificial Intelligence.
- In the period 1995-2001 I used my spare time for PhD-research in Continuity Preserving Signal Processing (a form of processing that can be used separate and select individual sounds in mixtures of sounds).
- From 1999-2004 I was founder and director of Sound Intelligence, the company that developed the first practical sound source detection system for a complex source (verbal aggression) for uncontrolled social environments.
- In the period 2005-2009, when I had returned to the AI-department to start my own group, I doubled as director of Education of the AI programs.
- From 2009-2012 I had a part-time job as senior researcher at INCAS3 where I helped to set-up a cognitive systems group.
I like to be involved in long multi-year projects, where I participate from conception to fruition.
- The role that I aspire to fullfil is that of a bridge-builder between communities of experts. I do not necessarily need to be an expert in any of the domains since I am often able to detect and formulate both conflicts and commonalities on a more abstract level. Well presented, this more abstract level is often a place where creativity, complementarity and eventually solutions and opportunities are found.
- The true value of scientific results cannot be determined in the fields where they originate from. The true value is determined by the benefits to other domains of science and eventually to society as a whole. I see it as a personal responsibility to detect scientific gems in one field, apply them in others, and help to make them work in society.
- A good scientific, technological, or even commercial idea is not enough for success. Ultimately it is often a vision, which can be realized with the idea, that determines what can and cannot be funded. I often play a role in the formulation and eventual realization of visions. Examples of this are department of Artificial Intelligence that I helped to build from start, the Auditory Cognition Group, our real-world sound recognition technologies, and the EU cognitive Systems activities.