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Persoonlijk profiel


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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Touch Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
housing preference Sociale wetenschappen
media technology Sociale wetenschappen
Safety Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Light Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
Sensory Feedback Medicijnen en Levenswetenschappen
housing Sociale wetenschappen
value-orientation Sociale wetenschappen

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Onderzoeksoutput 2000 2019

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

Ipakchian Askari, S., Haans, A. & IJsselsteijn, W., 2 mei 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 7 blz. 3312976

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Display devices
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Perceived human-likeness of social robots: testing the Rasch model as a method for measuring anthropomorphism

Ruijten, P. A. M., Haans, A., Ham, J. & Midden, C. J. H., 19 jun 2019, In : International Journal of Social Robotics. 11, 3, blz. 477-494 18 blz.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan tijdschriftTijdschriftartikelAcademicpeer review

Open Access

Users’ perceptions and responses to cyber-physical attacks on IoT devices in the home environment: a naturalistic field experiment

Huijts, N., Haans, A., Budimir, S., Fontaine, J., Loukas, G., Roesch, E., Bezemski, A., Oostveen, A-M. & IJsselsteijn, W., 25 mrt 2019.

Onderzoeksoutput: Bijdrage aan congresAbstractAcademic

A large-scale real-life crowd steering experiment via arrow-like stimuli

Corbetta, A., Kroneman, W., Donners, M., Haans, A., Ross, P., Trouwborst, M., van de Wijdeven, S., Hultermans, M., Sekulovski, D., van der Heijden, F., Mentink, S. & Toschi, F., 2018, (Geaccepteerd/In druk) proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2018.

Onderzoeksoutput: Hoofdstuk in Boek/Rapport/CongresprocedureConferentiebijdrageAcademicpeer review

Open Access

Activiteiten 2011 2017

  • 1 Redactioneel werk
  • 1 Overige
  • 1 Aangemelde presentatie

Moving Light

Antal Haans (Ontvanger)
11 nov 201718 nov 2017

Activiteit: Types andere activiteitenOverigePopulair

Presence : Teleoperators and Virtual Environments (Tijdschrift)

Antal Haans (Lid redactieraad)

Activiteit: Types publicaties van collegiale toetsing en redactioneel werkRedactioneel werkWetenschappelijk

Environment 2.0 : the 9th Biennial Conference on Environmental Psychology, September 26-28, 2011, Eindhoven, the Netherlands

Antal Haans (Spreker)
26 sep 2011

Activiteit: Types gesprekken of presentatiesAangemelde presentatieWetenschappelijk


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

Auteur: Winkelmolen, E., 25 jun 2019

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


An exploration of the potential of light emitting road marking

Auteur: van Mierlo, M., 23 feb 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Willemse, C., 31 jul 2013

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Li, L., 31 aug 2017

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master


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

Auteur: Stokkermans, M., 31 aug 2011

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

Scriptie/masterproef: Master