The 4TU.H&T community

Here you can find all the people involved in 4TU.H&T
4TU Delft
4TU Eindhoven
4TU Twente
4TU Wageningen

Main contacts for 4TU.H&T


Dirk Heylen, Professor - University of Twente

Dirk Heylen is Professor Socially Intelligent Computing. His research interests cover both the machine analysis of human (conversational) behaviour and the generation of human-like (conversational) behaviour by virtual agents and robots. He is especially interested in the nonverbal and paraverbal aspects of dialogue and what these signals reveal about the mental state (cognitive, affective, social). Continue reading...

Mark Neerincx, Professor - TU Delft

Mark Neerincx is full professor Human-Centered Computing at the Delft University of Technology and principal scientist Perceptual & Cognitive Systems at TNO (Netherlands organisation of applied research).  Recent projects focus on the socio-cognitive engineering of artificial –virtual or physical– agents (ePartners) that show social, cognitive and affective behaviours to enhance performance, resilience, health and/or wellbeing. Continue reading

Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Professor - TU/e

For more information, click here


Core members


Jan Kolkmeier, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

Jan Kolkmeier is one of the sixth doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. He joined the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4) on July 1st, 2015. He will spend the next 4 years researching how smart mixed reality environments can be used to improve people's lifestyle - environments that can adapt themselves to the moods and needs of visitors through lighting, temperature adjustment or tactile feedback.

 Keep reading...

Bernd Dudzik, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Bernd Dudzik is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. His  research revolves around enabling interactive technologies to relate to the elicitation, content and experience of episodic memories in their human users. He believes that this is an important ingredient for intelligent systems that possess the capacity to estimate how their users appraise interactions with them. 

One principal challenge in this endeavor is to provide technological systems with an understanding of how human beings organize and access information about specific events in their personal history. Keep reading...

Franziska Burger, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Franziska Burger is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. In her Bachelor studies, she followed the Cognitive Science program at the University of Tübingen in Germany. She obtained her Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen, specializing in Human-Robot Interaction. Together with Bernd Dudzik, she started her PhD in September of 2016 at the Interactive Intelligence group of TU Delft. Keep reading...  


Birna van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk is associate professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research mission is to develop design methods and computational representation and reasoning techniques for creating intimate technologies that take into account our human vulnerability in supporting us in our daily lives: intimate computing is computing with vulnerability. Keep reading


Hayley Hung, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Hayley Hung has been an Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow in the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics group at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands since 2013. She was awarded the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO) Career Talent Award for experienced researchers (Vidi) in 2015. Between 2010-2013, she held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2007-2010, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Keep reading...


Catharine Oertel, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Catharina received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Her research interest lies on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. Keep reading...


Khiet Truong, Assistant Professor - University of Twente

My interests lie in the automatic analysis and understanding of verbal and nonverbal (vocal) behaviors in human-human and human-machine interaction, and the design of socially interactive technology to support human needs. Using methods from affective computing and social signal processing, I aim to develop socially and affective intelligent interfaces (e.g. virtual conversational agents, social robots) that can recognize and display social and affective signals and to study how humans interact with this new kind of technology. Keep reading... 


Gijs Huisman, Assistant Professor- TU Delft

Gijs Huisman is an assistant professor at the Industrial Design Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Perceptual Intelligence lab and co-director of the Food and Eating Design Lab. His main research interest is in technologies to support meaningful social interactions. In this space, he is particularly interested in how the sense of touch features in technology-mediated interactions. Keep reading...


Matthijs Noordzij, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Matthijs Noordzij is associate professor in Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente.

Matthijs researches and designs (applications of) ambulant psychophysiological measures related to cognitive and emotional states and events in care and other professional contexts. He works on the following integrative research lines... Keep reading... 



Merijn Bruijnes, Post-doc - TU Delft

Merijn Bruijnes is a Post-Doc researcher at the Intelligent Interaction group at the Delft University of Technology. He holds a PhD from the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente and a masters in cognitive psychology and ergonomics. His research interests include methodology, artificial social agents, dialogue systems, and the effect technology has on humans.

His current work is on Artificial Social Agents (ASA), such as chatbots, virtual agents or social robots, to support people who struggle in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and who may suffer from welfare diseases, such as diabetes. He supports these people and their social group.. Keep reading...


Michel Jansen, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion. Keep reading...


Minha Lee, PhD Candidate - TU/e

I focus on how people percieve and remember morally defining acts under various contexts. My take on morality research is rooted in everyday experiences we encounter. To accomplish this line of research, I work with various members of the 4TU center of Humans & Technology. So far I have conducted qualitative interviews with self-employed individuals, and collected data was subjected to speech processing, content analysis, and semantic analysis. Keep reading... 


Peter Ruijten, Assistant Professor - TU/e

Dr.ir. Peter Ruijten received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the Human-Technology Interaction group at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Human-Technology Interaction. Keep reading...


Sima Askari, PhD Candidate - TU/e

Sima Askari is a PhD student at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research is part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). The goal of her research is to investigate whether it is possible to develop a mediated touch prototype that can reduce stress and anxiety for a specific context (e.g. people staying in a caring home or hospital). Keep reading...


Willem-Paul Brinkman, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

In 2003 Willem-Paul Brinkman (1970) received his PhD degree in the area of human-computer interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2004 he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Brunel University of West London, where he worked for five years as a lecturer, before moving to Delft University of Technology in 2007 where he joined the Interactive Intelligence group that works on understanding and engineering human-agent collaboration. Keep reading...


Former Core members


Roel Boumans, Postdoc -TU Delft

Roel Boumans is working as a researcher at both the Interactive Intelligence group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology (DUT) and at the Geriatrics department at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). He graduated in space robotics from DUT and worked for various industrial companies before switching back to research. The target of his research is the design of an intelligent agent which effectively improves the functional performance and wellbeing for hospitalized seniors. Keep reading...


Stephan Lukosch, Associate Professor - TU Delft

Currently, I am an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. My current research focuses on designing engaging environments in mixed reality. Using augmented reality, I research environments for virtual co-location in which individuals can virtually be at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange their experiences. Using serious games, I research on how to create effective training or assessment environments. Keep reading...

Main contacts for 4TU.H&T


Dirk Heylen, Professor - University of Twente

Dirk Heylen is Professor Socially Intelligent Computing. His research interests cover both the machine analysis of human (conversational) behaviour and the generation of human-like (conversational) behaviour by virtual agents and robots. He is especially interested in the nonverbal and paraverbal aspects of dialogue and what these signals reveal about the mental state (cognitive, affective, social). Continue reading...

Mark Neerincx, Professor - TU Delft

Mark Neerincx is full professor Human-Centered Computing at the Delft University of Technology and principal scientist Perceptual & Cognitive Systems at TNO (Netherlands organisation of applied research).  Recent projects focus on the socio-cognitive engineering of artificial –virtual or physical– agents (ePartners) that show social, cognitive and affective behaviours to enhance performance, resilience, health and/or wellbeing. Continue reading

Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Professor - TU/e

For more information, click here


Core members


Jan Kolkmeier, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

Jan Kolkmeier is one of the sixth doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. He joined the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4) on July 1st, 2015. He will spend the next 4 years researching how smart mixed reality environments can be used to improve people's lifestyle - environments that can adapt themselves to the moods and needs of visitors through lighting, temperature adjustment or tactile feedback.

 Keep reading...

Bernd Dudzik, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Bernd Dudzik is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. His  research revolves around enabling interactive technologies to relate to the elicitation, content and experience of episodic memories in their human users. He believes that this is an important ingredient for intelligent systems that possess the capacity to estimate how their users appraise interactions with them. 

One principal challenge in this endeavor is to provide technological systems with an understanding of how human beings organize and access information about specific events in their personal history. Keep reading...

Franziska Burger, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Franziska Burger is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. In her Bachelor studies, she followed the Cognitive Science program at the University of Tübingen in Germany. She obtained her Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen, specializing in Human-Robot Interaction. Together with Bernd Dudzik, she started her PhD in September of 2016 at the Interactive Intelligence group of TU Delft. Keep reading...  


Birna van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk is associate professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research mission is to develop design methods and computational representation and reasoning techniques for creating intimate technologies that take into account our human vulnerability in supporting us in our daily lives: intimate computing is computing with vulnerability. Keep reading


Hayley Hung, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Hayley Hung has been an Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow in the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics group at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands since 2013. She was awarded the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO) Career Talent Award for experienced researchers (Vidi) in 2015. Between 2010-2013, she held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2007-2010, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Keep reading...


Catharine Oertel, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Catharina received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Her research interest lies on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. Keep reading...


Khiet Truong, Assistant Professor - University of Twente

My interests lie in the automatic analysis and understanding of verbal and nonverbal (vocal) behaviors in human-human and human-machine interaction, and the design of socially interactive technology to support human needs. Using methods from affective computing and social signal processing, I aim to develop socially and affective intelligent interfaces (e.g. virtual conversational agents, social robots) that can recognize and display social and affective signals and to study how humans interact with this new kind of technology. Keep reading... 


Gijs Huisman, Assistant Professor- TU Delft

Gijs Huisman is an assistant professor at the Industrial Design Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Perceptual Intelligence lab and co-director of the Food and Eating Design Lab. His main research interest is in technologies to support meaningful social interactions. In this space, he is particularly interested in how the sense of touch features in technology-mediated interactions. Keep reading...


Matthijs Noordzij, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Matthijs Noordzij is associate professor in Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente.

Matthijs researches and designs (applications of) ambulant psychophysiological measures related to cognitive and emotional states and events in care and other professional contexts. He works on the following integrative research lines... Keep reading... 



Merijn Bruijnes, Post-doc - TU Delft

Merijn Bruijnes is a Post-Doc researcher at the Intelligent Interaction group at the Delft University of Technology. He holds a PhD from the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente and a masters in cognitive psychology and ergonomics. His research interests include methodology, artificial social agents, dialogue systems, and the effect technology has on humans.

His current work is on Artificial Social Agents (ASA), such as chatbots, virtual agents or social robots, to support people who struggle in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and who may suffer from welfare diseases, such as diabetes. He supports these people and their social group.. Keep reading...


Michel Jansen, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion. Keep reading...


Minha Lee, PhD Candidate - TU/e

I focus on how people percieve and remember morally defining acts under various contexts. My take on morality research is rooted in everyday experiences we encounter. To accomplish this line of research, I work with various members of the 4TU center of Humans & Technology. So far I have conducted qualitative interviews with self-employed individuals, and collected data was subjected to speech processing, content analysis, and semantic analysis. Keep reading... 


Peter Ruijten, Assistant Professor - TU/e

Dr.ir. Peter Ruijten received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the Human-Technology Interaction group at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Human-Technology Interaction. Keep reading...


Sima Askari, PhD Candidate - TU/e

Sima Askari is a PhD student at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research is part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). The goal of her research is to investigate whether it is possible to develop a mediated touch prototype that can reduce stress and anxiety for a specific context (e.g. people staying in a caring home or hospital). Keep reading...


Willem-Paul Brinkman, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

In 2003 Willem-Paul Brinkman (1970) received his PhD degree in the area of human-computer interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2004 he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Brunel University of West London, where he worked for five years as a lecturer, before moving to Delft University of Technology in 2007 where he joined the Interactive Intelligence group that works on understanding and engineering human-agent collaboration. Keep reading...


Former Core members


Roel Boumans, Postdoc -TU Delft

Roel Boumans is working as a researcher at both the Interactive Intelligence group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology (DUT) and at the Geriatrics department at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). He graduated in space robotics from DUT and worked for various industrial companies before switching back to research. The target of his research is the design of an intelligent agent which effectively improves the functional performance and wellbeing for hospitalized seniors. Keep reading...


Stephan Lukosch, Associate Professor - TU Delft

Currently, I am an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. My current research focuses on designing engaging environments in mixed reality. Using augmented reality, I research environments for virtual co-location in which individuals can virtually be at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange their experiences. Using serious games, I research on how to create effective training or assessment environments. Keep reading...

The 4TU.H&T community

Main contacts for 4TU.H&T


Dirk Heylen, Professor - University of Twente

Dirk Heylen is Professor Socially Intelligent Computing. His research interests cover both the machine analysis of human (conversational) behaviour and the generation of human-like (conversational) behaviour by virtual agents and robots. He is especially interested in the nonverbal and paraverbal aspects of dialogue and what these signals reveal about the mental state (cognitive, affective, social). Continue reading...

Mark Neerincx, Professor - TU Delft

Mark Neerincx is full professor Human-Centered Computing at the Delft University of Technology and principal scientist Perceptual & Cognitive Systems at TNO (Netherlands organisation of applied research).  Recent projects focus on the socio-cognitive engineering of artificial –virtual or physical– agents (ePartners) that show social, cognitive and affective behaviours to enhance performance, resilience, health and/or wellbeing. Continue reading

Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Professor - TU/e

For more information, click here


Core members


Jan Kolkmeier, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

Jan Kolkmeier is one of the sixth doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. He joined the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4) on July 1st, 2015. He will spend the next 4 years researching how smart mixed reality environments can be used to improve people's lifestyle - environments that can adapt themselves to the moods and needs of visitors through lighting, temperature adjustment or tactile feedback.

 Keep reading...

Bernd Dudzik, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Bernd Dudzik is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. His  research revolves around enabling interactive technologies to relate to the elicitation, content and experience of episodic memories in their human users. He believes that this is an important ingredient for intelligent systems that possess the capacity to estimate how their users appraise interactions with them. 

One principal challenge in this endeavor is to provide technological systems with an understanding of how human beings organize and access information about specific events in their personal history. Keep reading...

Franziska Burger, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Franziska Burger is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. In her Bachelor studies, she followed the Cognitive Science program at the University of Tübingen in Germany. She obtained her Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen, specializing in Human-Robot Interaction. Together with Bernd Dudzik, she started her PhD in September of 2016 at the Interactive Intelligence group of TU Delft. Keep reading...  


Birna van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk is associate professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research mission is to develop design methods and computational representation and reasoning techniques for creating intimate technologies that take into account our human vulnerability in supporting us in our daily lives: intimate computing is computing with vulnerability. Keep reading


Hayley Hung, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Hayley Hung has been an Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow in the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics group at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands since 2013. She was awarded the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO) Career Talent Award for experienced researchers (Vidi) in 2015. Between 2010-2013, she held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2007-2010, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Keep reading...


Catharine Oertel, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Catharina received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Her research interest lies on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. Keep reading...


Khiet Truong, Assistant Professor - University of Twente

My interests lie in the automatic analysis and understanding of verbal and nonverbal (vocal) behaviors in human-human and human-machine interaction, and the design of socially interactive technology to support human needs. Using methods from affective computing and social signal processing, I aim to develop socially and affective intelligent interfaces (e.g. virtual conversational agents, social robots) that can recognize and display social and affective signals and to study how humans interact with this new kind of technology. Keep reading... 


Gijs Huisman, Assistant Professor- TU Delft

Gijs Huisman is an assistant professor at the Industrial Design Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Perceptual Intelligence lab and co-director of the Food and Eating Design Lab. His main research interest is in technologies to support meaningful social interactions. In this space, he is particularly interested in how the sense of touch features in technology-mediated interactions. Keep reading...


Matthijs Noordzij, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Matthijs Noordzij is associate professor in Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente.

Matthijs researches and designs (applications of) ambulant psychophysiological measures related to cognitive and emotional states and events in care and other professional contexts. He works on the following integrative research lines... Keep reading... 



Merijn Bruijnes, Post-doc - TU Delft

Merijn Bruijnes is a Post-Doc researcher at the Intelligent Interaction group at the Delft University of Technology. He holds a PhD from the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente and a masters in cognitive psychology and ergonomics. His research interests include methodology, artificial social agents, dialogue systems, and the effect technology has on humans.

His current work is on Artificial Social Agents (ASA), such as chatbots, virtual agents or social robots, to support people who struggle in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and who may suffer from welfare diseases, such as diabetes. He supports these people and their social group.. Keep reading...


Michel Jansen, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion. Keep reading...


Minha Lee, PhD Candidate - TU/e

I focus on how people percieve and remember morally defining acts under various contexts. My take on morality research is rooted in everyday experiences we encounter. To accomplish this line of research, I work with various members of the 4TU center of Humans & Technology. So far I have conducted qualitative interviews with self-employed individuals, and collected data was subjected to speech processing, content analysis, and semantic analysis. Keep reading... 


Peter Ruijten, Assistant Professor - TU/e

Dr.ir. Peter Ruijten received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the Human-Technology Interaction group at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Human-Technology Interaction. Keep reading...


Sima Askari, PhD Candidate - TU/e

Sima Askari is a PhD student at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research is part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). The goal of her research is to investigate whether it is possible to develop a mediated touch prototype that can reduce stress and anxiety for a specific context (e.g. people staying in a caring home or hospital). Keep reading...


Willem-Paul Brinkman, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

In 2003 Willem-Paul Brinkman (1970) received his PhD degree in the area of human-computer interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2004 he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Brunel University of West London, where he worked for five years as a lecturer, before moving to Delft University of Technology in 2007 where he joined the Interactive Intelligence group that works on understanding and engineering human-agent collaboration. Keep reading...


Former Core members


Roel Boumans, Postdoc -TU Delft

Roel Boumans is working as a researcher at both the Interactive Intelligence group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology (DUT) and at the Geriatrics department at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). He graduated in space robotics from DUT and worked for various industrial companies before switching back to research. The target of his research is the design of an intelligent agent which effectively improves the functional performance and wellbeing for hospitalized seniors. Keep reading...


Stephan Lukosch, Associate Professor - TU Delft

Currently, I am an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. My current research focuses on designing engaging environments in mixed reality. Using augmented reality, I research environments for virtual co-location in which individuals can virtually be at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange their experiences. Using serious games, I research on how to create effective training or assessment environments. Keep reading...

Main contacts for 4TU.H&T


Dirk Heylen, Professor - University of Twente

Dirk Heylen is Professor Socially Intelligent Computing. His research interests cover both the machine analysis of human (conversational) behaviour and the generation of human-like (conversational) behaviour by virtual agents and robots. He is especially interested in the nonverbal and paraverbal aspects of dialogue and what these signals reveal about the mental state (cognitive, affective, social). Continue reading...

Mark Neerincx, Professor - TU Delft

Mark Neerincx is full professor Human-Centered Computing at the Delft University of Technology and principal scientist Perceptual & Cognitive Systems at TNO (Netherlands organisation of applied research).  Recent projects focus on the socio-cognitive engineering of artificial –virtual or physical– agents (ePartners) that show social, cognitive and affective behaviours to enhance performance, resilience, health and/or wellbeing. Continue reading

Wijnand IJsselsteijn, Professor - TU/e

For more information, click here


Core members


Jan Kolkmeier, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

Jan Kolkmeier is one of the sixth doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. He joined the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4) on July 1st, 2015. He will spend the next 4 years researching how smart mixed reality environments can be used to improve people's lifestyle - environments that can adapt themselves to the moods and needs of visitors through lighting, temperature adjustment or tactile feedback.

 Keep reading...

Bernd Dudzik, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Bernd Dudzik is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. His  research revolves around enabling interactive technologies to relate to the elicitation, content and experience of episodic memories in their human users. He believes that this is an important ingredient for intelligent systems that possess the capacity to estimate how their users appraise interactions with them. 

One principal challenge in this endeavor is to provide technological systems with an understanding of how human beings organize and access information about specific events in their personal history. Keep reading...

Franziska Burger, PhD Candidate - TU Delft

Franziska Burger is one of the six doctoral candidates working within the Humans & Technology Center. In her Bachelor studies, she followed the Cognitive Science program at the University of Tübingen in Germany. She obtained her Master’s degree in Artificial Intelligence in Nijmegen, specializing in Human-Robot Interaction. Together with Bernd Dudzik, she started her PhD in September of 2016 at the Interactive Intelligence group of TU Delft. Keep reading...  


Birna van Riemsdijk, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk is associate professor Intimate Computing in the Human-Media Interaction group at University of Twente, The Netherlands. Her research mission is to develop design methods and computational representation and reasoning techniques for creating intimate technologies that take into account our human vulnerability in supporting us in our daily lives: intimate computing is computing with vulnerability. Keep reading


Hayley Hung, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Hayley Hung has been an Assistant Professor and Delft Technology Fellow in the Pattern Recognition and Bioinformatics group at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands since 2013. She was awarded the Dutch Research Foundation (NWO) Career Talent Award for experienced researchers (Vidi) in 2015. Between 2010-2013, she held a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at the Intelligent Systems Lab at the University of Amsterdam. Between 2007-2010, she was a post-doctoral researcher at Idiap Research Institute, Switzerland. Keep reading...


Catharine Oertel, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

Catharina received her PhD in 2017 from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. After completing her postdoctoral position at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, she joined TU Delft in August 2019 as an assistant professor.

Her research interest lies on understanding and modeling human interaction to build socially aware conversational agents able to engage with people in a human-like manner. Keep reading...


Khiet Truong, Assistant Professor - University of Twente

My interests lie in the automatic analysis and understanding of verbal and nonverbal (vocal) behaviors in human-human and human-machine interaction, and the design of socially interactive technology to support human needs. Using methods from affective computing and social signal processing, I aim to develop socially and affective intelligent interfaces (e.g. virtual conversational agents, social robots) that can recognize and display social and affective signals and to study how humans interact with this new kind of technology. Keep reading... 


Gijs Huisman, Assistant Professor- TU Delft

Gijs Huisman is an assistant professor at the Industrial Design Engineering department of the Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Perceptual Intelligence lab and co-director of the Food and Eating Design Lab. His main research interest is in technologies to support meaningful social interactions. In this space, he is particularly interested in how the sense of touch features in technology-mediated interactions. Keep reading...


Matthijs Noordzij, Associate Professor - University of Twente

Matthijs Noordzij is associate professor in Psychology, Health and Technology at the University of Twente.

Matthijs researches and designs (applications of) ambulant psychophysiological measures related to cognitive and emotional states and events in care and other professional contexts. He works on the following integrative research lines... Keep reading... 



Merijn Bruijnes, Post-doc - TU Delft

Merijn Bruijnes is a Post-Doc researcher at the Intelligent Interaction group at the Delft University of Technology. He holds a PhD from the Human Media Interaction group at the University of Twente and a masters in cognitive psychology and ergonomics. His research interests include methodology, artificial social agents, dialogue systems, and the effect technology has on humans.

His current work is on Artificial Social Agents (ASA), such as chatbots, virtual agents or social robots, to support people who struggle in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and who may suffer from welfare diseases, such as diabetes. He supports these people and their social group.. Keep reading...


Michel Jansen, PhD Candidate - University of Twente

In October 2017 Michel Jansen joined the 4TU.H&T project “Smart Social Systems and Spaces for living well” (S4). Michel is a PhD candidate at the Human Media Interaction group of the University of Twente. His PhD position is placed under the theme “sensing and social signal processing” which is closely related to his research interests such as automatic multimodal emotion recognition and models and theories of emotion. Keep reading...


Minha Lee, PhD Candidate - TU/e

I focus on how people percieve and remember morally defining acts under various contexts. My take on morality research is rooted in everyday experiences we encounter. To accomplish this line of research, I work with various members of the 4TU center of Humans & Technology. So far I have conducted qualitative interviews with self-employed individuals, and collected data was subjected to speech processing, content analysis, and semantic analysis. Keep reading... 


Peter Ruijten, Assistant Professor - TU/e

Dr.ir. Peter Ruijten received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the Human-Technology Interaction group at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences at Eindhoven University of Technology. He holds a B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering and a M.Sc. in Human-Technology Interaction. Keep reading...


Sima Askari, PhD Candidate - TU/e

Sima Askari is a PhD student at the Human-Technology interaction group at Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research is part of the 4TU.H&T project Smart Social Systems and Spaces (S4). The goal of her research is to investigate whether it is possible to develop a mediated touch prototype that can reduce stress and anxiety for a specific context (e.g. people staying in a caring home or hospital). Keep reading...


Willem-Paul Brinkman, Assistant Professor - TU Delft

In 2003 Willem-Paul Brinkman (1970) received his PhD degree in the area of human-computer interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. In 2004 he obtained his Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Brunel University of West London, where he worked for five years as a lecturer, before moving to Delft University of Technology in 2007 where he joined the Interactive Intelligence group that works on understanding and engineering human-agent collaboration. Keep reading...


Former Core members


Roel Boumans, Postdoc -TU Delft

Roel Boumans is working as a researcher at both the Interactive Intelligence group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of Delft University of Technology (DUT) and at the Geriatrics department at the Radboud University Medical Center (Radboudumc). He graduated in space robotics from DUT and worked for various industrial companies before switching back to research. The target of his research is the design of an intelligent agent which effectively improves the functional performance and wellbeing for hospitalized seniors. Keep reading...


Stephan Lukosch, Associate Professor - TU Delft

Currently, I am an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology. My current research focuses on designing engaging environments in mixed reality. Using augmented reality, I research environments for virtual co-location in which individuals can virtually be at any place in the world and coordinate their activities with others and exchange their experiences. Using serious games, I research on how to create effective training or assessment environments. Keep reading...