research

As of July 2012, I am a PhD student at the Games and Virtual Worlds group of Utrecht University, Department of Information and Computing Sciences. My supervisor is Roland Geraerts.

I will continue along the same lines that I explored for my MSc thesis (which I also obtained in Utrecht). That is, I will focus on path planning and (possibly) crowd simulation in realistic virtual environments. A key question: how can we represent complicated game-like worlds, such that (many) characters can plan visually convincing paths in real-time? It's a groovy cocktail of theoretical work and popular real-world applications.

dedicated website

More information about my research can be found on my UU staff page.
It includes abstracts, videos, presentations, and full articles.

educational history

I have spent my educational life in my lovely home town of Utrecht, The Netherlands.
The following list summarizes my school and university career up until now.

  • 2000-2006: High school (gymnasium), St. Bonifatiuscollege, Utrecht. Graduated summa cum laude in 2006.
  • 2006-2009: BSc programme (180 ECTS) in Computer Science, Utrecht University.
    • Major curriculum included courses such as Imperative programming, Logic and set theory, Data structures, Search algorithms and Computer graphics.
    • Minor programme in Media Technology, as a preparation for the MSc curriculum. Courses included Game design, Three-dimensional modelling and Human-computer interaction.
    • Graduated cum laude in July 2009.
  • 2009-2011: MSc programme (120 ECTS) in Game and Media Technology, Utrecht University.
    • One year (60 ECTS) for various courses and seminars, including Geometric algorithms, Computer vision, Game programming in C++, Virtual worlds and Crowd simulation.
    • One year (60 ECTS) for research projects dedicated to path planning. Thesis titled A navigation mesh for efficient density-based crowd simulation in multi-layered environments. Supervisor: Roland Geraerts.
    • Graduated cum laude in August 2011.
  • 2012-present: PhD student position in the Games and Virtual Worlds group, Utrecht University.

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