Assistant or Associate Professor Human-AI Interaction Automated Driving
Assistant Professor, Associate Professor
The department of Industrial Design is one of the nine departments of the
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Research at the department is
focused on two areas or thematic clusters: Future Everyday and Systemic
Change. The position that is currently available will be part of the Future
The Future Everyday cluster investigates the everyday interactions between
individual people and the highly interconnected technology that surrounds
them. We measure, model and design for the user experience when individuals
interact with social-technological networks in their homes, at work, in
transit, while doing sport or going out.
The Systemic Change cluster focuses on designing innovations that have impact
on systemic structures and groups of people, ultimately aiming to address
large-scale issues such as urban health, future mobility and sustainability.
Field data is used in novel iterative and circular research-through-design
processes involving strategic alliances of stakeholders.
Research and education at the department are highly interconnected. In
particular, Bachelor, Master and PhD students intensively collaborate with
research staff in so-called squads dedicated to specific research topics, e.g.
the Future Mobility squad.
“Future Everyday bridges the gap between emerging technologies and people's
The Future Everyday cluster is concerned with understanding, exploring, and
shaping an everyday life of individuals/small groups that encompasses the new
reality of living and working, in spaces that are becoming more responsive,
continuous and experiential in the future with emerging technologies.
Currently, we focus on designing with technologies such as internet of things,
wearables/soft things, small/local data, machine learning --- and designing
for aesthetics in an everyday life with all the nuances and subtleties, that
is inherently dynamic, ever-changing and shaped by personal and collective
values, needs and desires. We seek to better understand how to create the
right conditions --- over time and space --- to allow human-technology
relationships to grow and adapt to future situations. We aim to characterize
the innate or emergent qualities these future objects, artefacts and tools
need to be endowed with.
One of the central application domains for the Future Everyday is mobility.
Mobility, and more specifically smart mobility and automated driving and the
way this changes the human role and interaction with technology, is a central
part of everyday life.
Currently, the automotive domain is going through a major and disruptive
change, from manually driven vehicles to self-driving vehicles in various
levels of support, depending on the technology onboard and the circumstances
encountered. There is a need to understand and anticipate the effects of this
disruptive change, and investigate (research) and tune (design) the
technological developments towards the (emerging) interests of people.
Therewith, driver support systems and automated driving offers an ideal case
for developing research and design methods and for designing for disruptive
changes in everyday life, and for collecting insights into how disruptive
changes are integrated in everyday life.
For this position, 3 main topics have been identified for exploration,
research and innovation:
In-vehicle technology, focusing on the driver/passenger inside the (automated and smart vehicle/truck), including topics such as trust calibration, transition of control, adaptive interfaces, situational awareness, distraction, misuse, mode confusion)
Other road user interaction (Vulnerable Road Users such as pedestrian and cyclists and manually driven vehicles who are confronted with automated vehicle with and without people aboard), including willingness to cross the road, trust, bullying behaviour, external HMI)
The human (remote) operator, who can be responsible for various situations in which human support is needed for decision making (remote operator support, vigilance, situational awareness, shared control)
Furthermore, such methods and insights are generic in the sense that they can
also be applied outside the automotive domain and knowledge and design
methodologies from researchers in both the Future Everyday and the Systemic
Change groups can be used for cooperation in the Mobility design, such as
adaptive interfaces, multimodal interfaces, shape changing interfaces,
designing for behavioural change, implicit design, ecological interfaces,
research through design, human robot interaction, artificial intelligence in
In recent years, the focus has been more specifically on the subdomain of
human factors for autonomous driving, with topics such as trust and
acceptance, shared control, situation awareness and motion sickness, and
interaction between autonomous vehicles and pedestrians.
Mobility is an excellent application domain for research and design in the
area of intelligent systems (the mission of the Industrial Design
department). At the same time, Automotive Human Factors is an essential
subdomain in the spearhead Automotive of the Smart Mobility Strategic Area of
TUE and one of the important Moonshots (Responsible Mobility) of EAISI
(Eindhoven Artificial Intelligence Institute). In the department, we work
together with the Human Technology Group within IE&IS (Industrial Engineering
& Innovation Sciences), where we also collaborate on Ethics and AI. You will
be part of the formal Mob Com (mobility community, as organized by the
programme director Smart and Responsible Mobility of TU/e), where all
researchers working in the area of mobility exchange ideas and work together,
including people who work on the technology of cooperative and automated
Education & Research
The assistant/associate professor will actively contribute to education in ID.
Education shall address all levels in this department: at Ba, Ma and PhD
levels. A major contribution will be provided to the Smart Mobility cluster in
terms of helping develop a vision for research and education within ID
relating to Smart Mobility, translating this vision into educational
activities and design projects with industrial clients, coaching student
projects, and coordinating teaching activities in the department relating to
smart mobility. Furthermore, the assistant/associate professor will contribute
to the development, running and evaluation of courses (mandatory and
elective) relating to human-computer interaction and the human aspects of
designing smart products, systems and services. He/she will contribute to
further develop integration between education and research, which is also in
line with the expertise in a design research approach. The assistant/associate
professor will also contribute to the courses on automotive human factors at
the Bachelor and Master level and will help with writing and performing new
research proposals for the European Horizon calls, the Dutch Research Council
(NWO) and other regional and European funding bodies.
You are expected to have the following qualifications:
The candidate should have a PhD degree, building on a background in
Industrial Design, Cognitive Psychology or an Engineering program with a
strong affinity with human factors/user experience research, research
methodologies and statistics;
The candidate has affinity and experience in the areas of human factors
for automotive systems or automotive user interfaces
The candidate has an outstanding international reputation as evident from
a range of high standing publications, proving that the candidate is
contributing to the development of the area;
The candidate should have shown to be able to create bridges between
education and research, and collaborate with colleagues in a multi-
Documented ability to attract external funding, as the candidate is
expected to secure substantial additional funding through national or
international grants (with help of the other staff members);
Have published in good international scientific journals;
Have an excellent command of English;
A network in the (automotive) industry is an advantage, as the candidate
will be expected to strengthen contacts with industry to enhance education
and research activities.
Conditions of employment
A meaningful job in a dynamic and ambitious university with the autonomy
to develop your own research line and participate in the curriculum of the
A Tenure Track of five years with the prospect of becoming Associate
Professor. After a maximum of four years the tenure decision will be made.
If you have a more senior profile, a tailor-made career proposal will be
You will have free access to high-quality training programs for academic
leadership, the university teaching qualification program, research and
valorization competences, and a dedicated mentoring program to help you
get to know the university and the Dutch (research) environment.
Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labor Agreement
for Dutch Universities.
Additionally, an annual holiday allowance of 8% of the yearly salary, plus
a year-end allowance of 8.3% of the annual salary;
A broad package of fringe benefits, including an excellent technical
infrastructure, moving expenses, and savings schemes.
Family-friendly initiatives are in place, such as the Dual Career
Opportunity program to support accompanying partners, an international
spouse program, and excellent on-campus children day care and sports
Information and application
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more?
prof.dr. Marieke Martens, m.h.martensattue.nl.
For information about terms of employment, please click here or contact Sam
van Kampen, HR Advisor Industrial Design, s.q.v.kampenattue.nl.
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