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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 NWO-funded (VENI) postdoctoral project, followed by a short post-doc project with Pieter Medendorp in Nijmegen. Next, I moved to Canada to work with Doug Crawford at the Centre for Vision Research (York University). Subsequently, I started my position as a Lecturer at QUB in October 2012, where I soon started working on project (funded by a Marie Curie FP7 Career Integration Grant) examining spatial and termporal aspects of eye-hand coordination. I am still conducting research within this line and also focus on practical applications to sports (e.g., goalkeeping) and more generally to human-robot interactions in a manufacturing context.

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 situations and neurocomputational modeling.


I am teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students on research methods and statistics.

I am supervising Theofilos Valkanidis in a PhD project Decyphering goalkeeper behaviour in free kicks and Róisín Devlin in a PhD project on Human-Robot coordination.



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