The members of team HART in 2022 in front of Atlas
Our people

Our world-class team

In no particular order
Julie van der Hijde
Marketing & Tech

Heey everyone! I’m Julie,

a Human-Technology Interaction master student and I've been a member of HART for over 1.5 years now!

During my first bachelor year I became extremely fascinated by neuroscience, neuroengineering, the brain🧠 and the endless possibilities after seeing a video of a paralyzed woman being able to steer a robot arm into giving her a drink… with her mind🤯!! When I heard Victor was starting up a student team that wanted create new technologies that can extend human capabilities, I knew I wanted to join the team!

Within HART I focus on researching whether people are actually able to learn the vibrational (haptic) language we developed. Believe me, learning the language goes faster than you can imagine! Over the past years I've come to learn that I love to work in a team of highly motivated people from different backgrounds who are able to combine their knowledge to create the coolest & newest inventions 💜!

Gilles Bonné
Tech & People

Hello everyone, my name is Gilles,

an Applied Physics master's student. I finished my graduation project about point-of-care biosensors at a biotech startup. Currently, I'm following extra-curricular courses in the medical engineering field. Next to my study, I started a technical consultancy business in which we advise companies using simulations.

For me, Team HART is about questioning what is human. Explore the realm of applications, find the limits, and get the maximum possible out of them. I love to improve all aspects of life, increasing the human body's capabilities. Brain-machine interfaces have a high potential in this field and are something I am very excited about. With our team, I hope to bring some of this technological potential to the masses using the non-invasive method we develop.

Within HART, I worked on the hardware and software. Currently, I'm researching how to apply our technology best and use machine learning to improve its effectiveness. I'm grateful to be working in this team of highly motivated and capable individuals with whom I hope to transcend the reality in which we live and think.

Marco Pleket
Tech & Business

Hi! I'm Marco Pleket,

a fourth-year Computer Science & Engineering bachelor student interested in all things algorithms and AI! After my years pursuing an Honors degree, I got to know the founders of Team HART and have been eager to join ever since. With my interest in Acquisition, I couldn't help but feel excited about joining the team and helping them pursue their goals. In my student life, I have mostly let myself go with the flow. The social aspect of student life, networking, and meeting new people, was important to me. This allowed me to pursue social hobbies outside of the university, most notable DJ'ing and performing live music. However, in my time with the Honors community, my goals in professional development became much more ambitious and clear. I think Team HART has what it takes for me to narrow down to a field much more specific. I hope to help the team achieve their goals with my experience while learning new skills that will help me along my own journey as well!

Sem Jordaan
Tech

Hey there! I am Sem Jordaan,

a third-year bachelor's student in industrial design. I have a fascination with the way humans behave. This is where my love for social design comes from. I am interested in how design can be there to help solve social issues on personal levels, such as for disabilities or medical issues. I might just have been a psychology student if it wasn't for my love of designing and crafting 😉

When I heard Robbe Nagel was forming a student team about extending the human senses so that a deaf person might hear through its skin, I got hooked!! Within the team, I put my skills as a designer to the test when we are testing and improving our V3 prototype's form. I am very happy I can be a part of team HART and the upcoming field of human augmentation, which fit my interests in human behavior extremely well!

Oh btw... I also have a passion for photography and making videos. You might see some of my work as promotional material for HART 🤫.

Ben de Jong
Tech

Hello everybody! I'm Ben,

My name is Ben, a second year Master student at Industurial Design. All my life I have been interested in emerging technologies and the possibilities they will bring to our lives. By taking inspiration from science-fiction, philosophy and technology, I like to explore what our future might look like and see what ethical concerns we might have to face. As a society we will have to think about how we would want these technologies to fit into our lives and I like to use design and imagineation to start this discussion.I joined team HART to be part of the product development of these technologies with amazing and inspiring people and to question the ethical considerations of these technologies. At team HART we have the great opportunity to set a stage for many new students to dive into this topic and expand the experience we as humans can have through technology.

Sjoerd van de Goor
Tech & People

Heyo! I am Sjoerd,

a Computer Science student.
I'm addicted to writing software & especially working with AI (may end up creating the singularity, we'll see). Team HART is now working on creating a whole new way of interpreting language, among many other interesting things. We're using AI to create an entirely new language, based on dynamic (moving) patterns, so that the user of our sleeve can learn the language as fast as possible.

I think Human Agumentation is the future for humankind. We're already seeing the first sign of this with Meta's Metaverse, VR/AR, and so on. The possibilities are endless and undiscovered.Team HART is working hard on enhancing human experience, currently with hearing through a sleeve, but expanding into other fields quickly as well!

Currently I am working on HART full-time! Doing all kinds of things, but my favourite is working on Pattern Distinguishability, where we use AI to define "good" patterns to play on the sleeve for different sounds.Who knows... perhaps you will be listening to lectures through your arm soon!

Damian Bustowski
Tech & People

Hey! My name is Damian

and currently I am a full-time member of HART alongside pursuing my third year of Computer Science Bachelor. The focal point of my education as well as a long-term goal is to conduct brain research using computational methods. I believe that the AI developments in the last decade mark a pivotal moment for many domains of science, including neuroscience.

Aside from my studies I like to spend my free time learning about cultures and societies, cognitive science, programming, and other random things.My main incentive to join HART was mostly my curiosity about the project and the thrill of collaborating with people towards a common goal, which is enhancing and pushing boundaries of what (and how) humans can experience the world around them. Considering my background, I mostly spend my time at HART working on software and hardware, but I also enjoy putting my effort into fostering wellbeing and a sense of community within the team.

Simone Parvizi
Tech

Ciao! I'm Simone from Italy.

I came to the Netherlands to study Neuroscience in Amsterdam. Back in Italy, during the lockdown of the pandemic, I've started learning a bit about coding and AI, and I immediately became interested in their interactions.

On Linkedin, through the Human Brain Project, I've discovered Team HART and it was so fascinating: a group of extremely young enthusiastic students working on one of the most interesting fields that exist. It was amazing to get accepted and to get the chance to give my part in this project, also because I think that the Neuroscience aspect can not be ignored in the Human Augmentation field.

Right now in my internship, I am developing an AI model to assess the sleep stage in a sleeping person in real-time, and I hope that my future knowledge will give me the possibility to contribute to the more practical sides of Team HART.

Lotte Vermeulen
Tech

Hii! I'm Lotte

and currently I am a first year Master student from Applied physics. I completed my bachelors in Applied Mathematics and Applied Physics last year, so now I was looking beyond just studying to explore all the options the university has to offer. When I saw team HART and their vision, I was immediately interested.  I think that the processes of the human body are amazing (especially the interplay with the brain :) ); how our bodies allow us to function in our daily lives and give us so much possibilities and all at the energy cost of a single light bulb! Imagine if we added technology in order to go further and beyond. This interest is what caused me to join team HART, where I can work on the interaction between humans and technology in an innovative way. Here, I hope to learn more about the application of AI in designing human augmenting technologies. whilst being part of a team with whom I can have a lot of interesting discussions.

Juliette Passariello-Jansen
Tech, Marketing & Awareness

Hola! I'm Juliette,

a physics student from Maastricht University who has just finished the BEP with TU/e in the field of photonics. During my bachelor however, I have always been interested in joining student projects working on other fields! So far, I have had the opportunity to join a few projects that have expanded my knowledge and provided some experience in synthetic biology, science communication, bio-based research, science education, production, and business. One of these projects, Flui.Go Science, has actually turned into a start-up where I have worked for the past three years. Now, onto my latest adventure is Human Augmentation with HART!

Stephanie Jacobs
Tech, Marketing & Awareness

Hi there, I'm Stephanie

and I am a last year Psychology & Technology bachelor student. Because I am in my last year and feel like I need a little break from my studies, I wanted to broaden my skills with various activities like team HART and committees at Intermate💃🏻.

Psychology is always something I am fascinated about and especially how people react to all kinds of technologies. Human Augmentation is a new field that grabbed my attention and it matches my study perfectly. With all the new developing technologies many questions arise around the interaction between humans and technology which I hope to get some answers to this year.

I hope to create more brand awareness around team HART but I believe you can only excite others if you are excited about it yourself. I am already super excited about the upcoming year so I hope you are too🤗.

Emma Hendriks
Tech & Business

Hi everyone! I am Emma

and I am finishing my Bachelor Psychology and Technology this year. I have always been fascinated by psychology, neuroscience and the positive impact technology can make on people's health, well-being, and quality of life.

Ever since I have heard about Team HART, I was interested in the idea behind the team and I knew I wanted to be part of the team one day.As I will be finishing my bachelor’s this year, it felt like the right time to put my knowledge and time into HART. Within team HART, I want pursue research on the prototype and see what more is possible in the field of human argumentation. I am curious to see what the future will bring! 💜

Maud van der Linden
Tech

Hey everyone! I am Maud

and I am currently in my third year of the Bachelor Industrial Design.

I have always been interested in designing for people within emerging technologies and trends, to improve the quality of our future everyday life. Team HART really interests me, as they reach beyond regular human senses to improve human capabilities, which I think will likely be present in the future! During my studies I have been fascinated by human-technology interaction, which made me very curious to work on the technology of human augmentation and their implementation into society.

I am currently working on researching the prototype by setting up user-tests and I am working on the prototype of the sleeve! Besides, I am trying out new, exciting things such as software development.

Jasmijn Vugts
People & tech

Heyhey! I'm Jasmijn,

a third-year Industrial Design student with lifelong amazement about soft textiles and wearables.
However, this year is mainly focused on broadening my expertise. Therefore, besides doing the minors in Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Neuropsychology, I joined team HART with great enthusiasm. Within the team, you will find me working on the outer layer of the sleeves and with others, we try to create an AI program to generate the best variety of vibration patterns. Furthermore, this year I will organize a big bunch of fun activities for the members to create a solid and coherent team.

Ivy van Dongen
Tech, Marketing & Awareness

Hi all! I am Ivy

and a first year Master's student of Industrial Design, after recently obtaining my Bachelor's degree at the same department. 💡

As I aspire to be a broad interested and skilled designer in the future, during my Master's I try to challenge myself to go out of my design 'comfort zone'. In the break of a lecture of the course Interactive Intelligent Products, one HART member gave a presentation about the purpose of the team and I was intrigued, even though I had little to no knowledge about Human Augmentation. But I absolutely wanted to know more! 🧐

Within Team HART, I am currently mainly involved in creating the new prototype of the sleeve and increasing the audience of HART within the Marketing cluster. I am excited to see what myself and the team can achieve the upcoming time! Because I believe there is a lot of potential in the things we do and will do, based on what was already achieved by the previous team! 💜

Jelle Osinga
Tech & People

Hello there! I'm Jelle,

I've gotten my Bachelor's degree in Psychology & Technology and I am currently a second year Master's student of Human-Technology Interaction. I've always felt it important not to lose focus of the human element in technological development. I believe there to be unrealized potential in considering the effects of technologies on the way people think, feel, behave and socially interact. At Team HART, I get to practically engage with user research as well as contribute to a real technological development process! I also get to experience working with smart, motivated people, and experience what a flat structure can offer and require. Finally, I get to apply my combination of technological and psychological knowledge in exploring the possibilities of human augmentation, which is a fascinating topic with many ethical, societal and psychological implications!

Nesrin Gunes
Tech & Business

Hi everyone I'm Nesrin

also known as Nes,I am a first year Master's student of Human Technology Interaction. When looking at new interventions it gets harder for people to keep up, use or understand these innovations. I have always envisioned to become someone that is able to bridge this problem between emerging technologies and humans. To enhance human lives and contribute to science. To do so, however, I needed a starting point.

That is when I encountered HART through Julie van der Hijde. The way she explained how they tapped into human augmentation got me super excited!🤩 Augmentation alone stands for becoming greater in size or amount, so what if we could help others to enhance their senses? Just like the sleeve we are developing right now, allowing impaired people to feel, hear through their skin! At the moment I am contributing by doing more research about implementations of the sleeve, user testing and finding business opportunities! I am glad to be part of this team and see how we will grow further 📈🚀

Gijs Horsten
Tech & Business

Hoi Hoi! I am Gijs,

I'm a person who enjoys all things regarding technology and programming. I am currently a student at Fontys doing HBO ICT, but I am looking at making a switch to the TU/e next year wanting to do Computer Science. According to Damian I am an interesting Dutch person because I have no blond hair. Within Team HART I am interested in seeing what we could do to expand our use-cases. Besides working on Team HART I enjoy programming and playing some games, also cycling from time to time. When I am done with my Bachelors at the TUe I might do a Masters.

Mălina Gașpar
Tech, Marketing & Awareness

Hi everyone! I'm Malina

and I am currently in my fourth year of Electrical Engineering.  During my studies,  I've found myself being more and more interested about health applications, especially in the neuroscience domain. I've always been very enthusiastic about working on new technologies that can improve the way that we live. Being in the final year of my bachelor, I thought that it will be the perfect time to join Team HART for a challenge in the Human Augmentations field! 💜

I am very excited for the opportunity to work with this team, therefore,  beased on my background, I am mostly working on the production, focusing on the hardware part. Besides this, I am taking the opportunity to broaden my knoledge in other field as well such as marketing and user-testing.

Roel Koopman
Tech

Hi everyone! My name is Roel

and I am now studying for a master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence at the RU in Nijmegen. I am specialized in cognitive computing, which focuses on how to build brain inspired systems.

The connection to the brain is why I started this study, and it is also the reason why I joined HART. Our brain is an amazing machine, not only from an AI perspective, but also how it creates our experiences. So, a starting point for human augmentation is looking at what our brain has to offer and how we can use this. I hope my study background could help me here. Before I started in Nijmegen, I studied at the TU/e and got my bachelor’s degree here. Besides studying and HART, I am also this year’s treasurer at Panache, the student badminton association, and manage a software business with two other people. At HART I focus on topics closely related to this: software, AI and finances. In the future I hope to keep working on AI with a focus on neuromorphic systems.

Dilara Tezmen
Tech

Hey everyone! I am Dilara,

a first-year psychology and technology student. I have always been fascinated by neuroscience, how the human brain works and how it applies to behavior. In the future, I would like to open my own research lab to work with people who are just as passionate about these topics as me. I believe that team HART is an amazing opportunity for me to experience the professional life of innovators, and form amazing friendships! 🤗In my opinion, within the human augmentation field, there is an enormous amount of opportunities to improve life itself. Therefore at team HART I mainly focus on research and learning from my more experienced peers!

Dear in our HART: Alumni

In no particular order
Wolff Voss
Marketing & Awareness
Sep 2020 - Aug 2021
Hendrik Lohse
Tech
Apr 2021 - Feb 2022
Mariia Turchina
Tech, Marketing & Awareness
Sep 2020 - Dec 2021
Lourens Touwen
Tech
Jan 2021- Feb 2022
Robin van Hoorn
Tech & Business
Sep 2020 - Feb 2022
Gijs Herings
Tech
Sep 2020 - Aug 2021
Victor Brouwers
People
Sep 2020 - Aug 2021
Eline Ensinck
Tech
Jan 2021 - Aug 2021
Brigitte van der Lugt
Marketing & Awareness
Mar 2021 - Nov 2021
Robbe Nagel
Tech & Business
Sep 2020 - Aug 2022
Ben Esseling
Connect & Tech
Jan 2021 - Aug 2022
Lisa Overdevest
Tech, Marketing & Awareness
Sep 2021- Aug 2022
Julie Hamoen
Marketing & Tech
Jan 2021 - Aug 2022
Rik Schutte
Marketing, People & Tech
Sep 2021 - Aug 2022
Tess Geerts
People & Tech
Sep 2021 - Aug 2022
Codrin Stefan Vicu
Tech
Sep 2021 - May 2022
Sander Steeghs
Tech
Jan 2021 - Mar 2022

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