Dr. Huysmans, T.

Toon Huysmans is assistant professor of Digital Human Modelling at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His main research interests are anthropometric and bio-mechanical digital human modelling and simulation with a focus on data-driven methods and design tools in the fields of ergonomics, anatomy, and orthopaedics. He has a specific interest in the design of ultra-personalised products and services.

Academic Background

Toon Huysmans (Geel, 1981) received the Master of Science degree in Computer Science in 2003 (magna cum laude). His graduation research concerned diamond cut optimization and was carried out at the Vision Lab of the University of Antwerp in close collaboration with the companies DiamCad and DiamScan. In 2003, he joined the Vision Lab as a PhD student where he enjoyed an IWT scholarship. His doctoral research focused on parameterization and correspondence construction for tubular surfaces and related applications. After his PhD, he became a research leader at the imec-Vision Lab, focusing on grant writing, guiding PhD students, and networking with industry, and as a post-doctoral researcher he did research on statistical shape modeling in ergonomics and orthopedics. As of 2018, he is at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of the TU Delft (The Netherlands).


  • 2004 – 2009
    PhD in Computer Sciences, University of Antwerp
  • 2001 – 2003
    Master in Computer Science, University of Antwerp
  • 1999 – 2001
    Bachelor in Computer Science, University of Antwerp


  • Since 2018
    Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2014 – 2017
    Research Leader, imec-Vision Lab, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp
  • 2009 – 2013
    Postdoc researcher, Vision Lab, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp
  • 2003 – 2009
    PhD Position, Vision Lab, Department of Physics, University of Antwerp

Specialisation / field of research

  • 3D anthropometry & physical ergonomics
  • biomedical image & geometry processing

Research project involvement:

  • Dined, Anthropometry in Design (https://www.dined.nl/)
  • Fieldlab UPPS (http://www.upps.nl/)
  • nextUPPS

Member of Center of Design for Agile Manufacturing

  • Expert in Digitization 

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Biomechanics and Digital Humans Modeling (Master, 2nd year; coordinator and lecturer)
  • Advanced Prototyping Minor (Bachelor; 3rd year; lecturer)
  • Ergonomics and Consumer Behaviour (Bachelor, 1st year; coach and lecturer)
  • Research and Design (Bachelor, 1st year; coach)
  • Usability and User Experience Assessment in Design (Master, 1st year; coach)
  • Advanced Embodiment Design (Master, 1st year; lecturer)
  • Master Graduation Projects (Master, 2nd year; chair and mentor