About me


I received my undergraduate degree in 2009, and my graduate degree in 2011 having majored in Cognitive Neuroscience, and am doing graduate work in Computer Science (specialization in Machine Learning) at Georgia Tech. I graduated on my theses Consciousness during the attentional blink, supervised by Sander Nieuwenhuis at Leiden University and Computational modeling of individual differences using stochastic information accumulation models, supervised by Jay McClelland at Stanford University.

Current work

At Leiden University, I lecture on topics such as artificial intelligence, computational modeling, artificial neural networks, and consciousness. My PhD research, supervised by Bernhard Hommel and George Kachergis, focused on developing computational models of cognition for use in robotic systems as part of the EU-funded research project RoboHow.Cog: Web-enabled and experience-based cognitive robots that learn complex everyday manipulation tasks.

In addition, I am trying to integrate and extend the available psychological work on the planning and control of everyday actions, including the programming and monitored execution of action sequences, tool use, and representation of the agent, and his or her effectors and body. One of the ways we investigate the development of action control mechanisms is through evolutionary robotics. I also supervise students writing their thesis in our cognitive robotics lab.

My other, related lines of research focus on the computational modeling of attentional and perceptual processes and their modulation through neurotransmitters, together with Sander Nieuwenhuis, and network analysis methods together with Rutger Goekoop and Manja Koenders.

I am involved in teaching or coordinating the following courses at Leiden University:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Neurocognition
  • Introduction to Psychology [Inleiding in de Psychologie]
  • Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making: Neural and Computational Mechanisms
  • Cognitive Psychology [Cognitieve Psychologie]
  • Consciousness

Contact information


Roy de Kleijn
Leiden University
Office 2.B15
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
The Netherlands

Telephone: +31 (0)71-5273915
E-mail: kleijnrde[at]fsw.leidenuniv.nl or rdekleijn[at]gatech.edu
GitHub: https://github.com/rdekleijn