Dr. Hartcher-O'Brien, J.

Jessica Hartcher-O'Brien is Assistant professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering.

Academic Background

Hartcher-O’Brien is a Delft Technology Fellowship assistant professor in Haptics in the Department of Industrial Design Engineering at TUD. She received her PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford in 2012, supervised by Prof. Spence where she identified underlying processing mechanisms of multisensory integration for dynamic events. She spent 23 months as a visiting student at the Max Planck Institute for biological cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany in the Perception and Action group with Dr. Ernst.  In 2013 she was awarded a Fyssen Foundation fellowship for independent post-doctoral research at the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris France in Dr. Auvray's group. As a post-doctoral researcher, she worked at ISIR, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie under the supervision of Prof. Hayward on two EU funded projects: Wearhap and ERC PATCH (2015-2016). She is a scientific advisor to the ERC spin-off company Transmodality Inc. focusing on haptic augmented reality.


  • 2007 – 2012
    DPhil (PhD), Crossmodal Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK jointly with Multisensory Perception and Action Group, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany
    Title: Multisensory integration of complementary and redundant cues across space and time
    Supervisors: Prof. Charles Spence & Prof. Marc Ernst
  • 2004 – 2006
    M.A. (Honours), University of Western Sydney, Australia
    Title: Approaching the underlying mechanisms of the auditory Precedence Effect using masking techniques
    Supervisor: Dr. Jörg Buchholz

Specialisation / field of research

    • Haptic perception and sensory augmentation
    • Haptic design via ecological, natural scene measurement
    • Multisensory processing and design

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Research and Design IO1080-13