About me


I received my M.S. in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2011, graduating on my thesis Computational modeling of individual differences using stochastic information accumulation models, supervised by Jay McClelland at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. from Leiden University under the supervision of Bernhard Hommel, for my dissertation Control of complex actions in humans and robots while working on my M.S. 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