Dr. Stefan Wierda was born in Steenwijk in 1984. In 2002, Stefan began studying Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen.
During this period, he was an active board member of the Groninger Studentenbond (GSb), Cognitievereniging (Cover), Centre for Information Sciences, and the council of the Faculty of Behavioral and Social Sciences. After receiving his bachelor degree, he studied Human Machine Communication at the University of Groningen. For his master thesis, he worked on a research project on the learning of robust and flexible skills at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) for six months.
After graduating as a Master of Science in 2009, he started working on a PhD project at the Neuroimaging Center of the University Medical Center Groningen, which resulted in the thesis "Less is More". Supervised by Sander Martens, Hedderik van Rijn, and Niels Taatgen, he studied the temporal constraints of temporal attention, and showed that the attentional blink phenomenon is best explained as a result of strategic restrictions in temporal attention rather than being caused by a fundamental cognitive bottleneck.
Currently, Stefan is working together with Niels Taatgen and Rineke Verbrugge at the Artificial Intelligence Department of the University of Groningen as a postdoctoral fellow, focusing on Theory of Mind and the transfer of cognitive skills.
Concurrent to his academic work, Stefan co-founded Doddledays BV in 2013. Doddledays is a Dutch based company that exploits an overarching loyalty program for small and medium enterprises. The company's goal is to strengthen the connected enterprises by binding loyal customers to the member enterprises, facilitating and promoting cooperation between it's members, and providing anonymised customer data to strengthen their position in the market.