Dr  Ronald A.J. van Elburg
Advanced Sensor Applications Programme
Sensor System Engineering Programme
Institute of Engineering
Hanze University of Applied Sciences
Industrieweg 34A
9403 AB, Assen
The Netherlands
tel: +31-50-595-2431
secr: +31-50-595 7600


At present I am a lecturer in the bachelor degree programme Advanced Sensor Applications of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and I am designing parts of the new master degree programme Sensor System Engineering. I contribute with sound recognition algorithms on the basis of ‘sound textures’ to the Sensor City Sound project. We believe that a crude separation of sound in pulses, tones and noises allows us to select more targeted algorithms for further processing, and eventually leads to highly reliable sound classifiers.

My general scientific interest is to find neuroscientific derivations for the computational principles that underly cognition. Valid computational principles should allow for the construction of systems which implement the associated cognitive function. I am at present researching two scientific topics based on this idea: multi-modal concept formation in the neocortex and sound recognition in the auditory system. My approach to these topics is strongly influenced by ideas from reservoir computing and computational auditory scene analysis.

In addition to the research directions mentioned above, I am involved in several other collaborations and projects, and work on such diverse topics as the influence of GABAA-receptor maturation on cortical network dynamics, behavioral tracking of rodents, the evolution of nervous systems, robust vowel recognition based on reservoir computing, and the application of Bregman's principles to sound source separation.

Professional History

2013-present Lecturer in Mathematics and Sensor Technology, Advanced Sensor Applications Programme, Institute of Engineering, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands.
2007-2013 Postdoctoral research fellow, Sensory Cognition Group, Institute of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.
2004-2007 Postdoctoral researcher, Experimental Neurophysiology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
2000-2004 Software Engineer (Uniface product), Compuware Europe B.V.
1996-2000 PhD in Theoretical Physics,
Institute for Theoretical Physics Amsterdam, title of dissertation:Quasi-Particles for Fractional Quantum Hall Systems.
1995-1996 Training for liable officer.
1988-1995 MSc in Theoretical Physics, University of Groningen, the Netherlands.


Student Projects

Last modified January 2014.