Over the years many activities have held my interest, ranging from SCUBA diving to Salsa dancing. If not working, you will most likely find me at home toying with a pet project, at the local gym, or lacing up my hiking boots. My main extracurricular activities these days include:
. Throughout my research I have worked extensively with open source software. Such software permits users to use, change, improve and redistribute the software. Thus it is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
Similarly, open hardware
means hardware schematics, designs, CAD drawings, etc. are also freely available and open for modification. From Arduino’s
and 3D printing
, there is much fun to be had.
is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba with the goal to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury. The main principle is to blend with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on.
. I grew up in countries far warmer than those I resided in later in life. Since then I have always been keen to travel the world. Partly to experience new cultures and cuisine, but also to enjoy the beauty of nature. From pitching a tent in the middle of the rainforest to canoeing across a pristine lake or getting ready to ascend an old, sleepy volcano.
. In 2003 I left Buenos Aires impressed, but certain that it was the last thing I would ever imagine doing myself. A strange twist of fate changed that a couple years later. And indeed, it turned out to be very challenging but at the same time very rewarding, and a whole lot of fun.
I am also an active member of