About me

I'm Aaron van Geffen, a computational psycholinguist with a background in computer science, and artificial intelligence. Currently, I work as a data scientist at the Global Data Lab at Radboud University (Nijmegen, The Netherlands). I also research human word recognition using the Multilink model at the Donders Centre for Cognition. Before my current position, I worked as a scientific programmer in the ERATO MMSD project at the National Institute for Informatics (Tokyo, Japan).

During my bachelor's in computer science, I took a minor in Dutch linguistics. I'm very grateful for this, because it sparked a fascination for languages — how they shape and articulate our thoughts, and how they interrelate in our minds. Studying Japanese in the evenings eventually led to a memorable backpacking trip in the summer of 2012. After completing my bachelor thesis, I took a gap year to study Japanese language and history at Rikkyo University in Tokyo. After coming back to the Netherlands, I enrolled in a master's programme in artificial intelligence, specialising in language and cognition. For my graduation project, I worked on the Multilink model on human word recognition and translation.

I owe a lot of my programming skills to being involved in open source software projects. At the moment, I'm happily tinkering away on OpenLoco, an open-source reimplementation of the game Locomotion. Previously, I was involved with its sister project OpenRCT2 for a few years, a similar project taking up RollerCoaster Tycoon 2. Games aside, I was also involved as a core developer for Simple Machines Forum (SMF) when I was running sites like SolarSoft and De Uilenvleugel, which used SMF to power their forums.

Get in touch

Please feel free to send an email to aaron [at] aaronweb [dot] net, or find me on GitHub, LinkedIn, and Mastodon.