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PhD projects

- Using virtual reality to examine goalkeeping in football
- The neural basis of spatially and temporally predictive behaviour in interception
- Sensory reference frame transformations for eye-hand coordination
- Human-robot interactions in manufacturing
- Sensory signals underlying motion extrapolation


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Personal profile


My early career I spent at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam, where I obtained my MSc in 2001, and PhD in 2005, under the supervision of Peter Beek, Lieke Peper, and Dan Bullock. I spent another 4 years in Amsterdam on a VENI postdoctoral project funded by the Dutch Science Organization, followed by a short post-doc project with Prof. Pieter Medendorp in Nijmegen. Next, I moved to Canada to work with Prof. Doug Crawford at the Centre for Vision Research (York University).

I started my position as a Lecturer at QUB in October 2012, where I was supported by a Marie Curie FP7 Career Integration Grant to examining spatial and temporal aspects of eye-hand coordination. This project topic captures my ongoing research, which further extends this to practical applications to sports (e.g., goalkeeping in football) and to the field of manufacturing in the context of human-robot interactions.

Research Interests

My research focuses on eye-hand coordination of reaching movements to stationary objects (such as picking up a cup of coffee) as well as moving objects (such as catching and hitting movements). I examine how (predominantly visual) information is transformed by the brain into adequate motor commands. I study this at a fundamental level in laboratory tasks as well as in more applied (sports) situations, using behavioural experiments (in combination Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) in real and virtual environments and neurocomputational modelling.


I am teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on Perception and Research Skills (e.g., Open Science).

I am supervising several PhD students

  • Theofilos Valkanidis in a project Decyphering goalkeeper behaviour in free kicks
  • Róisín Devlin in a project on Human-Robot coordination.
  • Samuel Adebayo in a project on Deep learning-enabled video-based action inference for human-robot interactions (co-supervison with Prof. Seán McLoone from EEECS).


I have developed a keen enthusiasm for Open Science and in my work I try to follow the recommendations coming from this as much as possible. I strongly promote Open Science to staff and students both within the school and across the university and I contribute to national initiatives in my role as co-institutational lead for the UK Reproducibility Network. 


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