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Wouldn’t it be fascinating to fully understand what people see, so that we can design our environment such that we can provide preferred vision to all individuals? 

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Ingrid Heynderickx is a Full Professor in Applied Visual Perception within the Human-Technology Interaction group. She started her research on optimizing image and video quality of displays at the time that Liquid-Crystal Displays replaced Cathode Ray Tubes. Since then she is fascinated by what people see, and by how that knowledge can be applied in the design of (3D) displays, in signal processing algorithms and in artificial lighting. Her research not only focuses on rendering fidelity (i.e., making image material or illuminated objects as realistic as possible, and avoiding artefacts), but also on rendering preference (i.e., rendering image material or illuminated objects in the most preferred way). Instead of only looking to the averaged viewer, she is interested in differences in vision with age and cultural background.

Academic background

Ingrid Heynderickx received her PhD in physics from the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 1986. In 1987 she joined the Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven (The Netherlands), and worked in different areas of research: optical design of displays, processing of liquid crystalline polymers and functionality of personal care devices. In 1999 she became head of the research activities on Visual Perception of Display and Lighting Systems within Philips Research, and was promoted to Research Fellow in the group Visual Experiences in 2005. In that same year, she has been appointed Part-time Full Professor at the Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands). In 2013, she became Full Professor in the Human-Technology Interaction group of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Within that university she currently is dean of the department Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences.

Ingrid is a Fellow of the Society for Information Displays (SID), and has been chair of different committees of that society. She has been awarded the Otto Shade Prize of the SID in 2015. She also is Visiting Research Professor at the Southeast University of Nanjing (China) since 2005.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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