My name is Merijn Bruijnes, I was born in the Netherlands in a small village near Zwolle in 1984. From an early age I found everything interesting and as a child I already conducted small ‘experiments’. I started my academic career in 2004, by studying mechanical engineering and psychology at the University of Twente in Enschede. I received my master’s degree at the department Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics (CPE) in 2011, studying development of spatial mental representations in an embodied artificial neural network using sequential and egocentric data (thesis). After graduating, I joined Human Media Interaction (HMI) to do my PhD research. The topic of my PhD research is social signals in interaction between humans and artificial agents.