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I am an environmental psychologist who is fortunate to work in the midst of technology development, where interesting challenges are constantly posed, and psychological insights find direct application.

Research profile

Antal Haans is an Assistant Professor in the department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). His research interests include smart urban lighting, its requirements from a user perspective, and its effects on human functioning, behavior, and perception, with an emphasis on the empirical investigation of light's role in the safety perception formation process, and the possibilities of using light for crowd management and behavioral change (for example de-escalating potentially aggressive situations). Part of this research is conducted in living labs situated in the city of Eindhoven, such as residential area Achtse Barrier or recreational area Stratumseind. A second research interest is in advanced media technologies and their potential as tools for psychological research (such as immersive VR environments, or mediated social touch technologies).  

Antal is particularly interested in understanding the phenomenon of presence, or the extent to which a person is fooled by computer generated content. His research group is developing a theory of presence from an embodied perspective, and has recently laid out the foundations for its measurement. They have also started to explore and validate the use of presence evoking—and thus ecologically valid—virtual environments in the aid of urban lighting research. 

Academic background

Antal Haans obtained his PhD, MSc and in Human Technology Interaction and his BSc in  Technical Inoovation Sciences (formerly ‘Technology and Society’) from TU/e. His thesis was titled ‘The embodied user: Corporeal awareness & media technology.” 

He published regularly in leading international journals such as Journal of Environmental Psychology, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Acta Psychologica and Interacting with Computers. He has contributed book chapters to ‘A framework for interactivity and presence in novel bodies’ and ‘Malleable body images: Mediated environments as a tool for investigating brain plasticity, body consciousness and self-perception’. He has also contributed articles and (keynote) lectures to a wide range of conferences such as Proceedings of Experiencing Light, Challenging Presence: Proceedings of the International Society for Presence Research and Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology.  

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Research Output

Context Matters: The Effect of Textual Tone on the Evaluation of Mediated Social Touch

Ipakchian Askari, S., Haans, A., Bos, P., Eggink, M. J. G., Lu, E. M., Kwong, F. G. L. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 2020, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

Does Mediated Social Touch Succesfully Approximate Natural Social Touch?

Ipakchian Askari, S., Harjunen, V. J., Haans, A. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 2020.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractAcademic

Is seeing believing? The effect of morphological congruent visual feedback on mediated touch experience

Ipakchian Askari, S., Haans, A. & IJsselsteijn, W., 2 May 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 1-6 6 p. 3312976

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

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    • 1 Contributed talk

    Moving Light

    Antal Haans (Recipient)
    11 Nov 201718 Nov 2017

    Activity: Other activity typesOtherPopular

    Presence : Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (Journal)

    Antal Haans (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activityScientific

    9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, September 26-28, 2011, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

    Antal Haans (Speaker)
    26 Sep 2011

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Press / Media

    Can teaching exist without touch?

    Wijnand A. IJsselsteijn & Antal Haans


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    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


    An exploration of the potential of light emitting road marking

    Author: van Mierlo, M., 23 Feb 2017

    Supervisor: Haans, A. (Supervisor 1) & Cuijpers, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An exploratory study on the effects of multimodal feedback in bimanual interaction with active tangible interfaces

    Author: Willemse, C., 31 Jul 2013

    Supervisor: Haans, A. (Supervisor 1) & IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    An investigation on the risk perception of residents in IoT smart home environments

    Author: Li, L., 31 Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Haans, A. (Supervisor 1) & IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master


    Artificial skylights: the benefits of and preference for artificial skylights and sun patterns

    Author: Stokkermans, M., 31 Aug 2011

    Supervisor: de Kort, Y. (Supervisor 1) & Haans, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master