Jan van Erp


Function:Full Professor


Jan van Erp is Professor of Tangible User Interaction with a special interest in using discriminative touch in haptic and tactile displays and social touch in mediated communication and interaction with virtual agents and robots. Jan has a part time appointment with HMI and also works at The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO as a senior scientist and program manager.

Current technology is often inefficient, ineffective and even frustrating. Jan believes that technology should support people in their performance, safety and strive for happiness and that people and technology co-evaluate and add up to more than their sum. His mission is to develop user-system symbiosis: Human Computer Interfaces that are of benefit to both entities.

Prof. Van Erp has a MSc degree in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Computer Science. His expertise is on advanced Human Computer Interaction including multisensory interaction, remote control interfaces and brain-computer interfaces. His publications are listed in Google http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3W1xn9EAAAAJ, and the TNO repository http://repository.tudelft.nl/search/tno/?q=creator%3A%22Erp%2C%20J.B.F.%20van%22. Jan has directed large research consortia and chaired and participated in expert groups of amongst others ETSI, NATO and ISO. He is the current president of the Eurohaptics Society (http://eurohaptics.org/), a board member of the i3B foundation (ICT for Brain, Body and behavior, http://i3b.org/), editor at the Brain-Computer Interfaces journal (Taylor & Francis http://www.tandfonline.com/tbci) at the Frontiers in Human-Media Interaction journal (Frontiers, http://www.frontiersin.org/human-media_interaction), and editor of the ISO standard on tactile and haptic interactions. Jan also helps to disseminate scientific knowledge amongst peers (e.g. through organizing scientific events like EuroHaptics 2010 http://www.eurohaptics2010.org/ and Neurovation 2014 http://www.neurovation.nl/) and society through participating in public events (Hack the Brain 2014 http://hackthebrain.nl/, Lowlands University 2014 http://vimeo.com/103649010). In 2015 he will travel throughout the country in a mobile EEG lab together with writer Arnon Grunberg to discuss the concept of the quantified reader with the public. A full list of functions is available through his linkedin profile: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/janvanerp.

Five examples of Jan’s work:

Research into neurophysiological correlates of creativity and emotion in writers and readers, integration of central and peripheral neurophysiological measures of mental and cognitive state, research into social agents using affective touch, dancevest for deaf teenagers who can feel the music, vibration vest to support the spatial orientation of astronauts in microgravity.