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Wijnand IJsselsteijn is a full professor of Cognition and Affect in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He has an active research program on the impact of media technology on human psychology, and the use of psychology to improve technology design. His focus is on conceptualizing and measuring human experiences in relation to digital environments (immersive media, serious games, affective computing, personal informatics) in the service of human learning, health, and wellbeing. He has a keen interest in the relation between data science, AI and psychology, and works on technological innovations (such as sensor-enabled mobile technologies, virtual environments) that make possible novel forms of human behavior tracking, combining methodological rigor with ecological validity.

Academic background

Wijnand IJsselsteijn has a background in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuropsychology (MSc, Utrecht University). He obtained his PhD in 2004 on the topic of telepresence. He is a member of the Jheronimus Academy of Data Science (JADS) in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and is scientific director of the interdisciplinary Center for Humans and Technology at TU/e, which explicitly focuses on people- and value-centred perspectives of technology understanding, engineering, and design.

Wijnand has published over 200 peer-reviewed academic papers in journals and conferences and has (co-)edited 10 volumes. His most recent co-edited book ‘Immersed in Media: Telepresence Theory, Measurement, and Technology’ appeared in 2015. His work has been supported through several industrial, national (NWO), and EU (FP6, FP7, H2020) grants. He is one of the leading scholars in his field with over 12000 citations (h-index: 55, i10 index: 131).


“Putting people first: To unlock the potential of new technologies, we need to first understand and respect people – their passions and worries, needs and values, their contexts and ways of life.”

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Binoculars Engineering & Materials Science
Display devices Engineering & Materials Science
experience Social Sciences
Communication Engineering & Materials Science
Experiments Engineering & Materials Science
Self Report Medicine & Life Sciences
Touch Medicine & Life Sciences
Fatigue of materials Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2019 2019

DMCoach: App suite for personalized coaching and lifestyle awareness increasing in T2DM prevention

IJsselsteijn, W., Van Gorp, P., Benckhuijsen - Mertens, P., Kaymak, U., Jansen, R., Jansen, R. & Van Gorp, P.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1997 2019

Beyond behavior: the coach’s perspective on technology in health coaching

Rutjes, H., Willemsen, M. C. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperAcademic

A decision-making perspective on coaching behavior change: a field experiment on promoting exercise at work

Zhang, C., Starczewski, A. P., Lakens, D. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 1 Jan 2018, Persuasive Technology: 13th International Conference, PERSUASIVE 2018, Waterloo, ON, Canada, April 18-19, 2018, Proceedings. Ham, J., Karapanos, E., Morita, P. P. & Burns, C. M. (eds.). Dordrecht: Springer, p. 87-98 12 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 10809 LNCS)

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

Field Experiment
Application programs
Decision making
Decision Making
Open Access

Atmosphere ON / aggression OFF: exploring the concept and measurement of atmosphere in an urban nightlife setting

Kalinauskaite, I., 5 Sep 2018, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 240 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access

Cardiovascular reactions during exposure to persuasion principles

Spelt, H. A. A., Westerink, J. H. D. M., Ham, J. R. C. & IJsselsteijn, W. A., 2018, 13th International Conference PERSUASIVE 2018. Springer, p. 267-278 (Lecture notes in Computer Science(LNCS); vol. 10809)

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

Persuasive Communication
Startle Reflex

Activities 2008 2008

  • 1 Workshop, seminar, course or exhibition

CHI 2008 Workshop Evaluating User Experiences in Games, Florence, Italy

Wijnand IJsselsteijn (Organiser)
5 Apr 2008

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

Student theses

3D viewing experience: the induction and measurement of discomfort for stereoscopic content with motion on 3DTVs

Author: Goossens, R., 31 Aug 2012

Supervisor: IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 1) & van den Hoogen, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Ambient-light and sonification feedback to support home-based resistance training for normo- and pre-hypertensive individuals

Author: den Boer, N., 29 Mar 2018

Supervisor: Radha, M. (Supervisor 1), Willemsen, M. (Supervisor 2) & IJsselsteijn, W. (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


Appropriate feedback mechanisms in games: improving motor skills and cognitive abilities of the elderly

Author: Meijer, M., 31 Oct 2018

Supervisor: Ruijten, P. (Supervisor 1) & IJsselsteijn, W. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master