Jan van Erp


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 is also with The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO as principal scientist.

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, brain-computer interfaces, and interaction robotics. 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 vice-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/ Neurovation 2014 http://www.neurovation.nl/) and the next EroHaptics Conference in Leiden in 2020; and society through participating in public events (Hack the Brain 2014 http://hackthebrain.nl/, Lowlands University 2014 http://vimeo.com/103649010). 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, , vibration vest to support the spatial orientation of astronauts in microgravity, and telepresence robotics including bimanual control. 


Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=3W1xn9EAAAAJ,

TNO repository: http://repository.tudelft.nl/search/tno/?q=creator%3A%22Erp%2C%20J.B.F.%20van%22

University of Twente repository (incomplete):