I am a computer scientist researching and teaching in artificial intelligence, and a bit about dog cognition. My family, friends and dog have my devotion. Reading is a long-life addiction for me, with a preference for scifi and fantasy. Sculpting in clay and doing heavy garden work is my way of reducing brain activity. American Kenpo Karate has taught me some much needed lessons of how to deal with human behaviour. Dogs and horses have taught me some much needed lessons about myself and inspire me in my work towards artificial intelligence and in particular to interactive intelligence.
I have much to thank for to dogs, and in particular the Swiss Mountain Dogs (Appenzeller Sennenhunde), and all the other dogs that became my friends and which I had the privilege to walk through life with for some time. Visit this page to meet some of my friends at least in spirit.
The touch and feel of clay has the power to take me out of my usual though patterns and gives me the opportunity to connect reason with observations. Get a glimpse of my clay projects.
Another way of leaving reality is to retreat into fantasy by reading and imagining other worlds and what it might be like to be someone else. Let me introduce you to some of my favorite authors and books.
American Kenpo Karate
Martial Arts have played a role in my life from early childhood. I was introduced to the martial arts through Judo which my parents insisted I do before allowing me to ride horses. The point being not break any bones when falling to the ground (still very valid now). Find out how much more it has come to mean to me over the years.
Horses are the second non-human species that have taught me so much about myself, but also about other humans and even something about dogs. Oh, and about animal cognition in general. Let me share it with you.