playful researcher and game developer
Maarten Lamers (1968) is assistant professor. He holds a PhD diploma from Leiden University (2001) for which he applied neural network techniques to data analysis problems in environmental epidemiology at the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). At Utrecht University he obtained a computer science Master’s degree (1993) specializing in neural networks for medical image processing.
Maarten's scientific interests are broad and include bio-digital hybrid systems, animal-computer interaction, scientific playfulness, and DIY science. In 2015, he was placed by national magazine Vrij Nederland on their first-ever list of "101 most interesting nerds" of The Netherlands.
Since 2002 Maarten works for Leiden University’s Media Technology MSc programme. Among scientific tasks, he teaches the courses
- Research Fundamentals (with Max van Duijn),
- Playful & Creative Science (with Bas Haring),
- Philosophy of A.I. (with Max van Duijn), and
- Artificial Intelligence.
Each year he teaches a special class about programming Arduino boards. Maarten was thesis advisor of many graduation projects, and is a member of the Media Technology programme executive committee. In previous times, he taught the courses Creative Research, Science Practice, Introduction to Programming, Web Technology, Perceptualization (with Edwin van der Heide), and Artificial Creatures (with Peter van der Putten).
Outside the university’s walls, Maarten co-founded the LaserMaxx lasergame brand, a major brand of lasergames worldwide, for which he still designs game technology. He was a technical game-specialist for national TV-show Wie is de Mol? (2000-2014).
Maarten holds office in room 133 of the Snellius building. He works part-time for the Media Technology MSc program, so schedule an appointment if you want to meet. Read more about Maarten.