Hi, I’m Ruben! I recently started as a PhD candidate at the Computer Graphics and Visualization group. My interests include computer graphics, machine learning, storytelling (movies, experiences, books, etc.) and art. After graduating Cum Laude with a thesis on geometric deep learning, I will now work on applications of computer graphics and machine learning for painting analysis under supervision of Prof. Dr. Elmar Eisemann and Prof. Dr. Joris Dik.
I have gathered experience as a graphic designer, filmmaker and teacher during my undergraduate years. You can find some examples of that work on this website as well. Outside of academia, I enjoy making music, reading, biking, soccer and walking.
Sidebar painting: Ottmar Elliger, ‘Stilleven met bloemen en vruchten’ (1671), from the Rijksmuseum collection.
An overview of my publications can be found here.
[2019 - present] PhD Candidate
- Studying applications of Computer Graphics and Machine Learning to painting analysis, generation, and rendering.
- Toolkit: C++, OpenGL, Python, PyTorch
[2017 - 2019] MSc Computer Science Cum Laude
- Focus on data science and computer graphics.
- Thesis (grade 9/10) “Harmonic Surface Networks” [PDF download]
- Toolkit: C++, Python, PyTorch
[2014 - 2017] BSc Computer Science Cum Laude
- Focus on data science and multimedia.
- Thesis “Automating Valuations for Real-Estate” [PDF download]
[2013 - 2014] Propedeuse Industrial Design Engineering Cum Laude
 Teaching Assistant
- Developed assignments for new datamining and Machine Learning courses.
- Assistance to students during lab sessions.
- Toolkit: Python, Jupyter, NumPy
 Development Internship
- End-to-end machine learning solution for estimating real-estate value.
- Toolkit: Scala, Apache Kafka
[2012 - present] Video producer, graphic designer
Wiersma Brothers, Torchbearers International, freelance
- Wiersma Brothers: founder, producing video’s and short films.
- Torchbearers International: creative director and web development. View samples of my work.
- Freelance work in graphic design and web development.
[2018 - 2019] Program manager
The Veritas Forum Delft
- Organized three public debates for audiences of 50-200 attendees.
- Moderator for two events.
[2013 - 2019] Committee member, committee chair
- Researched and advised on election reform that has since been adapted
- Organised festivities for society anniversary
- Produced several narrative short films
- Produced, designed and launched anniversary book
[2014 - 2017] Restaurant staff manager, PR
Happietaria, Hartige Samaritaan
Pop-up restaurant for charity lasting one month. Hartige Samaritaan was set up together with Refugees.
- Managed the restaurant staff for the Happietaria (November 2014)
- Together with all the volunteers for Happietaria, raised €78.913
- Communications manager for Hartige Samaritaan (February 2017)