Prof. dr. Ridder, H. de


Huib de Ridder is full professor of Informational Ergonomics at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands. He holds a M.Sc. degree in Psychology from the University of Amsterdam and a Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences from Eindhoven University of Technology. From 1982 till 1998 he was affiliated with the Vision Group of the Institute for Perception Research (IPO), Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where his research on image quality metrics was supported by a personal fellowship from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). November 1998, he moved to Delft where he headed, until January 2015, the Human Information Communication Design (HICD) group consisting of researchers with a background in industrial and graphic design, physics, computer science, psychology and ergonomics. His main research objective is understanding human behavior in context, with a focus on human perception and human information processing. May 2008, he co-founded the Delft Perceptual Intelligence Lab (π-Lab) to investigate (multi-) sensory fluency. He is (co-) author of 74 journal papers and 142 papers in books and proceedings in such diverse fields as information presentation, image quality, picture perception, light, space and material interaction, vision-based gesture recognition, user understanding, dual tasking, assessment methodologies, ambient intelligence, social connectedness, crowd well-being, gamification of work, involvement of children in experience design activities. Some of these resulted from the long-running research programme on Persuasive Environments comprising PhD projects on engaging interactions with digital products, user experience for considerate home products, inducing human cooperation in decentralized networks, teamwork gamification and crowd behavior, with application fields such as operation rooms, laparoscopic surgery, intensive care units, automotive industry and police cars. He served as promotor for 21 PhD-students and is currently supervisor for 4 other PhD-students. Recently, he got involved with the Holland Proton Therapy Center, a new Delft-based clinic/research institute for cancer treatment, to develop human/patient-centric technologies for healthcare settings.


  • 1980
    M. Sc. Degree in Psychology, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands                                
  • 1987
    Ph.D. degree in Technical Sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands   


  • 1998 - present  
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
    Professor of Informational Ergonomics, Department of Industrial Design
  • 2008 - present
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
    Co-founder and member of Delft Perceptual Intelligence Lab
  • 1998-2015
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
    Head of section Human Information Communication Design (HICD)
  • 2002-2006
    Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
    Head of Department of Industrial Design (ID)
  • 1982-1998
    Institute for Perception Research (IPO), Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    Member of Vision Group

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Supervisor of Graduation projects
  • Supervisor of PhD projects

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