About me


I received my undergraduate degree in 2009, graduating on my thesis Consciousness during the attentional blink, supervised by Sander Nieuwenhuis at Leiden University. I received my graduate degree in 2011 having majored in Cognitive Neuroscience, graduating on my thesis Computational modeling of individual differences using stochastic information accumulation models, supervised by Jay McClelland at Stanford University. I recently finished my PhD dissertation Control of complex actions in humans and robots, supervised by Bernhard Hommel at Leiden University, and I am doing graduate work in Computer Science (specialization in Machine Learning) at Georgia Tech.

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.

I am involved in teaching or coordinating the following courses:

  • 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

My research is focused on computational models of cognition and their implementation in robotic agents. Explaining sequential and goal-driven action learning through reinforcement learning and situated robotics are my current research interests.

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