Netherlands: 2 PhD positions on Automotive Human-Machine Interface

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The projects are part of the collaborative
project Connect& Drive, funded by the Ministry of Economic Affairs
through the High Tech Automotive Systems programme, starting at October
1st, 2008. The Connect& Drive project is a collaboration between
Dutch companies and universities, aiming at developing technology for
Cooperative Advanced Cruise Control (C-ACC). Together with a PhD
project at the department Mechanical Engineering of Technische
Universiteit Delft, the projects constitute the Work Package on Human
Factors of  C-ACC.
The general aim of the research on Human Factors is to identify success factors for the acceptance of C-ACC systems.

1 focuses on C-ACC systems that provide drivers with advice about what
speed to apply to optimize throughput. Through model simulations and
user studies with simulators relevant factors need to be identified
that are relevant to the What, When and How of speed advice in C-ACC
systems. These insights need to be translated into concepts for
providing effective multi-modal speed advice that will be evaluated
through user studies in simulators and field tests.

Project 2
focuses on autonomous C-ACC systems and investigates key factors
influencing the driver’s decision to hand over executive control to the
C-ACC system. The aim is to come up with a model that predicts the
decision of the driver to hand over or withdraw executive control based
on driver characteristics, interface properties and the environment.


University Graduate

Candidates should
have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence,
Industrial Design, Cognitive Psychology or similar, focusing on the
area of Human-Computer Interaction, with excellent grades (first class
honours or equivalent). Other key attributes include good analytic,
synthetic, experimental and programming skills, the ability to devise
and evaluate prototypes, and excellent social and team working skills.


Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Department of Industrial Design

The department of Industrial Design of the
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), founded in 2001, is a rapidly
growing department with over 500 students, both Bachelor and Master,
and around 150 staff members. With a strong emphasis on research the ID
department focuses on the design of intelligent products, systems,
services and networks. These innovative products enable people to
interact with their environment in an optimal and flexible way. The
TU/e ID engineer, who has developed a wide range of competencies during
his/her education, is capable of integrating technology, user aspects,
design and business/marketing insights. This MSc-program is practice
oriented, capable to deal with and aware of relevant issues as
formulated by industry and society at large. Ambient Intelligence and
Ambient (health) Care draw special attention within the TU/e and ID
particular, and is an important research and application field. ID
encompasses four areas: Technology covered by the Designed Intelligent
(DI) group, User aspects, covered by User Centered Engineering (UCE)
group, Design, covered by the Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI)
group, and Business, covered by the Business Process Design (BPD)

Conditions of employment

Estimated maximum salary per month: eur 2000 – 2500
Employment basis: Temporary for specified period
Duration of the contract: 4 years
Maximum hours per week: 80

Additional Information

Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from:

dr. J. Terken
Telephone number: +31(0)402475254

Ms. J. Braat
Telephone number: +31(0)402475883
E-mail address:

Or additional information can be obtained through one of the following links.


You can apply for this job before 31-08-2008 by sending your application to:

Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
HG 3.92
Ms. J. Braat
Postbus 513
5600 MB Eindhoven
E-mail address:

When applying for this job always mention the vacancy number V51.060.


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