I’m an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Tilburg University and at the Jheronimus Academy for Data Science. My research is focused on the analysis of brain imaging data and measures of cognition. I’m especially interesting in AI-based methods for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.
After my undergraduate studies in AI, I started training as PhD in cognitive neuroscience under the guidance of dr. Sander Daselaar. Using functional MRI, we conducted several experiment to increase understanding of how we encode and retrieve information. I completed my PhD in 2010 and moved abroad for a post-doctoral fellowship in Boston.
Working in the Harvard Aging Brain study, I focused on the analysis of brain imaging data to distinguish healthy aging from preclinical Alzheimer’s disease. Working with prof. Reisa Sperling, made me fascinated with hyperactivity. This revolves around the hypothesis that abnormal brain activity might facilitate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. After my time in the USA, I moved to Bonn to work with prof. Monqiue Breteler on the Rhineland Study; a prospective epidemiological cohort, that includes extensive phenotyping, genetics and brain imaging in 30.000 adults.
Currently, I’m building my group on Medical Imaging and Cognition (MedIC) ab, where I combine my original interest in AI with interest in medical imaging and the diagnostics of cognitive disorders, most notably Alzheimer’s disease.