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Florian Sense, born January 24th, 1988 in Bremen, Germany currently living in Groningen, The Netherlands.


Formal Education

2007 – 2010: Bachelor of Psychology at the University of Groningen (Minor: Cognitive Science)

2010 – 2012: BCN Research Master at the University of Groningen (C-track: Cognitive neuroscience and cognitive modeling; the research for my MSc thesis was conducted in Brad Wyble’s lab at Syracuse University; graduated cum laude.)

2012 – 2016: PhD candidate at the University of Groningen (department of Psychometrics and Statistics and Department of Experimental Psychology). Supervised by Hedderik van Rijn and Rob R. Meijer. I defended my thesis Making the Most of Human Memory on April 20th, 2017.

Nov 2016 – now: Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Groningen (department of Psychometrics and Statistics and Department of Experimental Psychology). See my Projects page for an overview of things I am working on.

Sep 2019 – now: Freelance data scientist at Infinite Tactics, LLC.


PCT logo

After defending my PhD thesis in April 2017, I took the rest of the year off to hike from Canada to Mexico on the Pacific Crest Trail and do other fun things before returning to the University of Groningen as a postdoctoral researcher.

I wrote a blog during the hike that you can find at a separate web address. You can find more information about the PCT more generally on the website of the Pacific Crest Trail Association.

If you have a lot of time and really like walking and eating ungodly amounts of food, I can highly recommend it.


Conference attendence

A chronological list of my conference and workshop attendance.

2019

17th NVP Winter Congress on Brain & Cognition
December 19-21, 2019 in Egmond aan Zee, NL.
I presented a poster entitled ” Weighting Learning and Forgetting Terms in a Spaced Repetition Model”. I also contributed to the work presented by Maarten van der Velde; a talk entitled “Alleviating the Cold-Start Problem in Adaptive Fact Learning Using Bayesian Modelling” [conference program].

41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
July 24-27, 2019 in Montréal, Canada.
I presented a conference paper as a talk. The title of the paper was “An Integrated Trial-Level Performance Measure: Combining Accuracy and RT to Express Performance During Learning” [conference proceedings]

17th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) & 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (MathPsych)
July 20-22, 2019 in Montréal, Canada.
I presented a conference paper as a talk. The title of the paper was “Perspectives on Computational Models of Learning and Forgetting” [conference proceedings]. I also contributed to two other presentations at MathPsych/ICCM.

2018

40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
July 25-28, 2018 in Madison, WI, USA.

16th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM) & 51st Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology (MathPsych)
July 21-24, 2018 in Madison, WI, USA.
I presented a poster entitled “Deploying a Model-based Adaptive Fact-Learning System in a University Course” together with Maarten van der Velde. For details see the Github repo. See page 137 in the 2018 conference proceedings.

2016

Psychonomic Society’s 57th Annual Meeting
November 17-20, 2016 in Boston, MA, USA.
I presented a poster entitled “The Effect of Reward Prospect on a Personalized Fact-Learning System” [see OSF]. Edyta Sasin presented a poster of work that I was involved in entitled “Can we learn to forget?” [details].

38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
August 11-13, 2016 in Philadelphia, PA, USA
I presented a conference paper as a talk. The title of the paper was “On the Link between Fact Learning and General Cognitive Ability” [conference proceedings]

14th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM)
August 4-6, 2016 in State College (Penn State), PA, USA
I presented a poster entitled “Interactions of declarative and procedural memory in real-life tasks: validating CPR as a new paradigm” [two-page abstract] + [PDF of poster]

58th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen; TeaP)
March 21-23, 2016 in Heidelberg, Germany.
I gave a talk entitled “Psychometric predictors of academic performance”.

BCN Winter Meeting
February 11, 2016 in Groningen, The Netherlands. I presented a poster with the title “Learn more in less time: Applying memory models to personalize fact learning” [PDF] and won an award for best poster.

Advanced statistics course: Mixed-Effects Regression and Generalized Additive Modeling
January, 2016. Taught by Martijn Wieling.

2015

15th NVP Winter Conference
December 17-19, 2015 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
I gave a talk entitled “An Individual’s Rate of Forgetting is Stable over Time, but Differs Across Materials”.

Invited talk at the Cognitive Psychology Unit in Leiden
December 9, 2015 in Leiden, The Netherlands. I was invited to present at a colloquium in Leiden.

Invited guest lecture: The advantage of introducing computational models of learning to the classroom
December 2, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands. I was invited to give one of the lectures in the course Learning – Theory and Practice.

GSMS PhD Development Conference
June 11-12, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

13th International Conference on Cognitive Modeling (ICCM)
April 9-11, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands. I gave a talk entitled “Stability of individual parameters in a model of optimal fact learning”. (Note: this was the same experiment/data I presented at the TeaP but tailored towards the ICCM audience.)

Heymans Symposium 2015
April 8, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands. I gave a talk entitled “How personalized learning can improve grades”.

BCN Retreat 2015
March 26/27, 2015 in Odoorn, The Netherlands (attended without presenting).

57th Conference of Experimental Psychologists (Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen; TeaP)
March 8-11, 2015 in Hildesheim, Germany. I gave an talk entitled “Stability of individual parameters in a model of optimal fact learning”

BCN New Year’s Meeting
February 12, 2015 in Groningen, The Netherlands. I presented a poster with the title “Stability of individual parameters in a model of optimal fact learning” [PDF] and won an award for best poster. (Note: the poster is not meant to be self-explanatory and relies on me standing next to it to tell the story.)

2014

BCN Course: Entrepreneurship and Valorization for Medical Sciences
September – November 2014 in Groningen, The Netherlands

36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci)
July 23-26, 2014 in Québec City, Canada

MathPsych 2014
July 18-21, 2014 in Québec City, Canada
I presented a poster with the title “Opportunity for verbalization does not improve visual change detection performance: A state-trace analysis”. [PDF]

29th IOPS Summer Conference
June 26/27, 2014 in Tilburg, NL

BCN Course: Management Competences
May 21, 2014 in Haren, The Netherlands. As one of the mandatory courses for BCN.

IOPS Course: Applied Bayesian Statistics
May 12 – 16, 2014 in Utrecht, The Netherlands. As one of the elective courses for IOPS.

IOPS Course: Meta-Analysis
April 30 – May 2, 2014 in Maastricht, The Netherlands. As one of the elective courses for IOPS.

BayesFactor: A workshop on Bayesian inference
April 8, 2014 in Groningen, The Netherlands.

2013

14th NVP Winter Conference on Cognition, Brain, and Behaviour of the Dutch Psychonomic Society
December 19-21, 2013 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.
I presented a poster with the title “Opportunity for verbalization does not improve visual change detection performance: A state-trace analysis”. [PDF] And I presented another poster with the title “Optimizing Learning by Hierarchical Bayesian Estimation of Individuals’ Learning Parameters”. [PDF]

23rd IOPS Winter Conference
December 12+13, 2013 in Leuven, Belgium.
I presented a poster with the title “Opportunity for verbalization does not improve visual change detection performance: A state-trace analysis”. [PDF]

Bayesian Modeling for Cognitive Science: A WinBUGS Workshop
August 12-16, 2013 in Amsterdam, NL.

28th IOPS Summer Conference
June 13/14, 2013 in Groningen, NL

13th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society
May 10-15, 2013 in Naples, FL, USA.
I presented a poster with the title “Working memory consolidation does not necessarily delay response selection: Disentangling the costs of task initiation and execution”. [PDF]

2012

22nd IOPS Winter Conference
December 18/19th, 2012 at the University of Twente, Netherlands.

53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomics Society
November 15-18th, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN, USA.

12th Annual Meeting of the Vision Science Society
May 10-16th, 2012 in Naples, FL, USA.

2011

13th NVP Winter Congress on Cognition, Brain, and Behaviour of the Dutch Psychonomic Society
December 16/17th, 2011 in Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.

Workshop Technical and Ethical Aspects of Digital Image Manipulation
June 20th, 2011 at the UMCG (Groningen, The Netherlands).

Second Symposium on the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
May 10th, 2011 at the UMCG (Groningen, The Netherlands).

European ACT-R Workshop 2011
April 15th, 2011 in Groningen, The Netherlands (program)

Training School on the Psychophysical, Computational and Neuroscience Models of Time Perception
April 4th – 8th, 2011 in Groningen, The Netherlands

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Cognitive Neuroscience, Educational Research and Cognitive Modelling
March 9th – 12th, 2011 in Delmenhorst, Germany


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