Two TRAIL Staff members have been appointed Professors at the University of Twente: Marieke Martens and Karst Geurs.
Marieke Martens is appointed part-time Professor at the Centre for Transport Studies at the University of Twente. Her research focuses on Human Factors and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
In modern road traffic, road users are supported by in-vehicle systems and roadway ITS (variable message signs and dynamic road lay-out).
These systems aim to support the driver by providing information or warnings and may even (partly or completely) control the driving task with direct car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication. The interaction between the human driver and the technology is of utmost importance to create the assumed (safety) benefits. What will happen if driver expect to be supported and technology fails? May there be a loss of skill, will driver pay less attention to the road scene? Are drivers overloaded or even confused by all information that is provided? Marieke Martens will study the effects of ITS on driving behavior of road users, workload, distraction, attention, information processing, action, comfort, acceptance and traffic safety. The Human Machine Interaction (HMI) will play a central role in this Human Factors research.
Marieke combines her work at the University of Twente with work at TNO Human Factors. In the department of Traffic Behaviour her research focuses on driving behaviour, traffic safety, road design, driver support systems and driver state (fatigue, workload, attention, expectations). She received her PhD degree from the Free University in Amsterdam about the effects of expectations on visual attention and perception in driving. The title of her dissertation is: The failure to act upon important information: Where do things go wrong?
Karst Geurs is appointed Full Professor Transport Planning at the Centre for Transport Studies. His research focuses on interactions between land use and transport, accessibility modelling and evaluation and the dynamics in travel behaviour. From 2009-2013 he was Associated Professor at the CTS. He worked at the National Institute for Public Health and Environment from 1997 and moved to the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency in 2005.
In 2006 he received his PhD at the Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, on accessibility appraisal of land-use and transport policy strategies. He teaches master courses on Transport Policy and Planning, Land Use and Transport Interactions and Sustainable Transport within the Master Track Transport Engineering and Management.
Karst is also appointed as the new chair of NECTAR (Network on European Communications and Transport Activity Research) from January 2014. NECTAR is a scientific network aming to foster research collaboration and exchange of information between experts in the field of transport, communication and mobility from all European countries and the rest of the world.