Maurice Termeer

Maurice Termeer

Hi! My name is Maurice Termeer and I am a 33 year young computing science engineer living in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. My primary interests are computer graphics, visualization, image processing, and geometry. In early 2009 the Technical University of Vienna granted me a doctorate degree for my work in the area of medical visualization. Since 2011 I work at the Interventional X-Ray department of Philips Healthcare developing software to assist imaging-guided interventions. After work I enjoy an ever growing multitude of hobbies. Besides the typical geek characteristics I also take interest in topics not related to the digital world, as I like variation and trying out new things. Some of my more constant hobbies are outlined below. Although you can find me on Facebook, I am not much of a social networking fan so you may be better off contacting me by old-fashioned email at (javascript required).

Motorcycling

I love exploring the world around me on two wheels, and riding a motorcycle adds just the right kick to it to make it even better. I think Ducati makes the best bikes, both in terms of looks and handling. After riding a Monster 696 for three years I now own a Ducati Monster 821. They both are as awesome to drive as they look. I regularly go to meetups of the Dutch Ducati Club or I go touring along the twisty roads around the Eifel or Moezel areas in Germany or the Ardennes in Belgium.

Climbing

Recently climbing has become my preferred way to stay in shape. The balance between strength, skill, and mental aspects really appeal to me. Several times a week you can find me at Monk, my local bouldering gym. I also regularly go toproping at Neoliet. In 2016 I took my first climbing vacation to Fontainebleau, which convinced me I definitely want to see more of this!

Computer Graphics

What I like about computer graphics is that the result of all my hard work often is something visually that can be admired – although not always understood – by others. It requires mathematics for many low-level geometric building blocks, computing science to combine those into complicated algorithms, and interfacing with modern hardware or APIs to turn it into an image. I have particular strengths in volume rendering and polygon mesh processing algorithms.

The Web

HTML5 and todays browsers' speedy javascript implementations have finally turned the browser into a decent graphical playground. I like to play around with the canvas element – see that spinning cube on the left? – and WebGL. Besides creating animated graphics, I also enjoy fiddling with CSS and the millions of javascript libraries and web tools out there. This simple site for example was made using HTML5 Boilerplate, LESS CSS, Haml, CoffeeScript, jQuery, FitText.js, and Middleman, just to name a few. While I don't create websites, I use web technology throughout many of my other projects, often as a user interface.

Electronics

Chips

Modern computers have become quite disconnected from the cute little, understandable chips they used to be. While I enjoy the massive computer power of today's systems, I also enjoy playing with microcontrollers. Besides those nostalgic low clock speeds and assembly code, designing and building custom hardware is pretty cool. Laying out components on a circuitboard and soldering them together is a very different experience than writing code. While I played a bit with PICs and LEDs during my studies, I became more serious when I bought my Arduino in 2009. Since then I've played with lots of different Atmel chips, mostly playing with LEDs in different forms. I draw a lot of inspiration from the Arduino community, the incredible LadyAda, and many random YouTube videos. Recently I've started combining this with the awesome Raspberry Pi, adding more computing power to embedded projects.

Plants

Growing plants started to fascinate me briefly after I moved to Austria late 2005. For the past couple of years I combine my love for flora with my preference for spicy food by growing my own chillis. I started out with a cardboard box with fluorescent lights, moved up to a one-square-meter growbox with high-pressure sodium light and automatic watering system, but switched to pots in my window sill after I my moved to my west-facing-window-rich, sunny apartment in Eindhoven. Besides chillis I have grown several other types of plants, but the Nightshade family remains my favorite. My favorite chilli is the Red Habanero, for its nice balance between rich flavor and spiciness. I have also grown other varieties, including the infamous Naga Morich, the 2011 record holder the Trinidad Scorpian Butch T, and the Chocolate Habanero. Recently I mostly grow Red Habanero's as they offer just the right amount of spiciness for me with a wonderful taste and smell.

Mountainbiking

Moutainbiking is my preferred way of staying in shape. I like cycling in general – I cycle to work no matter what kind of weather – but the combined elements of the beauty of the forest, the roughness of the path, the excitement from the speed, and the touch of technology in the bike make mountainbiking the perfect sport for me. Moving from Austria to the Netherlands was however quite a shock in terms of available trails nearby – the term “all terrain biking” is more appropriate here.

Snowboarding

I’ve been enjoying annual holidays in the snow since I was about twelve. After skiing for several years and some snowblading after that, I finally settled for snowboarding about somewhere around 2006. Like most snowboarders, I prefer the soft, fresh snow beside the slopes. I’m not much into crazy tricks or jumps, but the snow, sun, and speed give me a perfect relaxing vacation. My favorite locations are scattered about the French Alps.

Reading

Reading books is an excellent way to relax or get my mind of something. Ever since I got an e-reader I take it almost everywhere. Even though I'm Dutch, I almost exclusively read English books because I dislike reading translated books and most authors I like happen to write in English. I mostly read science fiction, although only the kind that is about stuff that could actually happen (or better yet has happened since the book was written). I've read most books of Arthur C. Clarke. I also enjoy reading the short stories on tor.com and sometimes listen to Kate Baker's podcast from Clarkesworld Magazine. Many of the books posted on Boing Boing meet my demands as well.

Demoscene

As I am interested in computer graphics it’s only natural I am a member of the demoscene, which can best be described as a digital art community. As a programmer I fancied the old-school habits of pushing hardware to its limits and using obscure programming techniques, but due to advances in technology, the demoscene nowadays focusses more on the creative and artistic aspects. There still is a strong Amiga, C64 and Atari scene, but I did not grow up with those machines. The focus on art makes things easier to appreciate for outsiders, but as I never excelled at graphical design I tend to be a more passive member nowadays. You can however still find me at the annual Outline demoparty in the Netherlands.