• Phone+31 (0)40 247 2889, +31 (0)40 247 47 47
  • Emailhti@tue.nl
  • De Zaale, Atlas 9.401



  • P.O. Box 513, Atlas 9.401

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

The Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group analyzes people’s interaction with technology with the aim to better understand and improve the match between technology and its users. 

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Exploring the connection between humans and technology

Organisational profile

Research of the Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) focuses on social and cognitive psychology and persuasion, analyzing how humans interact with technology in ways that work best for them and for society at at large.

Behavioral sciences can deliver value to a society suffused with technology, based on solid theory and a methodological approach. By studying technology and how it relates to humans and human well-being, the group develops and contributes to new scientific niches at the crossroads between humans and technology, whilst contributing to its core disciplinary domains. In this way, HTI and TU/e help new technologies deliver the greatest possible benefits without losing sight of the human factor.

Technological development can contribute significantly to making people's daily lives healthier, safer, more independent, enjoyable, and comfortable. New technologies may also provide us with new means of communication and entertainment and contribute to solving a wide range of challenges, such as saving energy or promoting health and well-being. For such technologies to be successful, people need to trust, accept, and adopt them and use them correctly in a natural way.

HTI combines expertise from areas of social sciences (mainly cognitive and social psychology and perception) with engineering. The group’s lab facilities offer opportunities to study virtual reality, auditory perception, gaming, lighting, and general psychological lab resources. HTI hosts its own panel of participants and a dedicated system (‘ARCHIE’) that facilitates experiments to be run with HTI’s experiment committee and can safely store experimental results.

The group’s research centers around five main areas:

  • Human-computer interaction and affective computing
  • Decision-making and human-data interaction
  • Social psychology and persuasion
  • Contextual environmental psychology
  • Human perception and cognition

The HTI group takes part in multiple collaborations. These collaborations form an important part of our multidisciplinary field of research. These include:

  • Center for Humans and Technology:The research Center for Humans & Technology (Center H&T) at TU/e focusses on the relationship between people and technology, and how one transforms the other.
  • Eindhoven School of Innovation Studies (ECIS): A good part of our research is focussed on the acceptance of innovative technologies. Placing the human in the middle our research encompasses many different aspects that can make or break the acceptance of a novel technology. These include, but are not limited to research focussing on human factors, public acceptance, and ambient intelligence for instance. HTI is one of the 3 research groups that together shape the ECIS school of innovation studies.
  • Intelligent Lighting Institute: The Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) clusters the strengths of six TU/e departments in the field of intelligent lighting. ILI develops new applications and provides the scientific proof that these applications will do what they promise to do. This encompasses fundamental research on lighting systems, interaction with those systems, and psychological effects of such systems. ILI's counterpart association (ILIA) is an organisation and network where long-term strategic cooperation enables companies and knowledge institutions to facilitate innovations in intelligent lighting through an open innovation network and physical testbeds. HTI forms one of the core research competencies within ILI, and participates in several of its program lines.
  • The 4TU research centre Humans & Technology (H&T): This center brings together the social sciences and technical sciences. Its goal is excellent research on innovative forms of human-technology interaction for smart social systems and spaces. The centre organises events such as symposia on Machine Smarts and Human Values and Empathic Technologies, as well as thematic workshops geared towards collaborative research. Current collaborations include multi-modal research on moral conflicts in virtual reality and speech processing of affect and stress, among other projects.

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    Research Output

    Aberrant personality tendencies and academic success throughout engineering education

    Bipp, T., Kleingeld, A. & Snijders, C., 1 Apr 2020, In : Journal of Personality. 88, 2, p. 201-216 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    Advances in the sociology of trust and cooperation: Theory, experiments, and field studies

    Buskens, V. (ed.), Corten, R. (ed.) & Snijders, C. C. P. (ed.), 2020, 450 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook editingAcademicpeer-review

    A sociological view on hierarchical failure: The effect of organizational rules on exchange performance in buyer-supplier transactions

    Rooks, G., Snijders, C. C. P. & Tazelaar, F., 2020, Advances in the sociology of trust and cooperation: Theory, experiments, and field studies. Mouton de Gruyter

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review


    Human-Technology Interaction (HTI Labs)

    M.C. Boschman (Manager)

    Human Technology Interaction

    Facility/equipment: Research lab

    Telepresence System

    Martin C. Boschman (Manager)

    Human Technology Interaction

    Facility/equipment: Equipment

  • Prizes

    ASPO Dissertatieprijs 2004

    Jaap R.C. Ham (Recipient), 2004

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Beste Paper Award Persuasive conference 2014

    Jaap R.C. Ham (Recipient), 2014

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

    Best Paper at the 10th Annual Persuasive Technology Conference

    Shengnan Lu (Recipient), Jun 2015

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific


    SLEEP, organiser symposium at teh annual meeting of the APSS

    Luc J.M. Schlangen (Organiser)
    27 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    CIE/ICNIRP Online Tutorial on the Measurement of Optical Radiation and its Effects on Photobiological Systems

    Luc J.M. Schlangen (Organiser)
    25 Aug 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesWorkshop, seminar, course or exhibitionScientific

    Interaction Design and Children 2020

    Wolmet Barendregt (Organiser)
    21 Jun 202024 Jun 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Press / Media

    Markt voor UV-C lampen explodeert

    Luc J.M. Schlangen


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Can teaching exist without touch?

    Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn & Antal Haans


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Increasing fire protection through virtual reality

    Patty C.P. Jansen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    (I)ADL assistive robot for older adults with dementia

    Author: de Jong, E., 30 Nov 2017

    Supervisor: Ruijten, P. (Supervisor 1) & Cuijpers, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    A brief encounter with Vincent: the effect on self-compassion from a single interaction with a chatbot that gives or asks for help

    Author: van As, N., 31 Jul 2019

    Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1), Frank, L. (Supervisor 2) & Lee, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Active coping behaviour & the physical work environment: can the physical work environment support active coping?

    Author: Winkelmolen, E., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Appel - Meulenbroek, R. (Supervisor 1), de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 2), Haans, A. (Supervisor 2) & Kemperman, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master