Full Professor

Marieke Martens

Department / Institute
Industrial Design
EAISI Mobility


Marieke Martens is a full professor ‘Automated Vehicles & Human Interaction’ at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Marieke is primarily interested in research related to human behavior and automated driving, an innovation that is primarily technology driven and has far from reached the desired level of readiness to be safely introduced on a large scale on public roads for the general public. Interestingly, where human error has often been named one of the key drivers of developing automated driving, current challenges of automated driving are more and more related to the human factor. After all, we are developing this to serve humans and to bring people and their preferred goods in a safe and comfortable manner from A to B. Some examples of the questions that arise are: Do users still understand their vehicle? What does the vehicle need to explain to the passenger inside about its next action? How do we need to design a transparent transition from automated driving back to the human who has been out-of-the loop? Do other road users still know how to interact with automated vehicles if human communication with the driver inside is no longer valid? And will society as a whole accept automated vehicles if not all accidents can be ruled out?. The interesting element here is that we can form and shape this transition and development by taking Human Factors and Industrial Design expertise into account in the development of these vehicles, ensuring the usability, adaptivity and safety of these systems. Systems need to be safe and comfortable to use and need to naturally blend into our current traffic system, including vulnerable road users. This links the department of Industrial Design with the Strategic Area Smart Mobility within Eindhoven University of Technology.

Seamless human-centered automation is what is needed. The real challenge is not only to increase the reliability of automated vehicles, but to design them in such a way that they will add value to humans beings and society.


Marieke studied Experimental and Cognitive Psychology at the Free University of Amsterdam. Since 1996 she has been working as a research in the area of human factors and traffic behavior at TNO, covering a variety of topics such as self-explaining roads, traffic safety, driver state, distraction, visual attention, road user behavior, driver support, smart mobility and automated vehicles. She received her PhD in 2007 from the Free University of Amsterdam entitled: ‘The failure to act upon important information: Where do things go wrong?’. From 2015 until 2019 she has been a professor ITS & Human Factors at the University of Twente, and since June 2019 she was appointed full professor Automated Vehicles and Human Interaction. She is also Director of Science of the TNO Unit Traffic & Transport. She is part of different ISO committee meetings focusing on human behavior, she is member of the Scientific Advisory Board of SWOV, part of the EU expert group on Ethics of automated mobility and part of different advisory boards and editorial boards. https://nl.linkedin.com/in/marieke-martens-30892610

Ancillary Activities

  • Director of Science Mobility (Part-time job), TNO
  • Scientific Advisory Committee, SWOV