Dr. Christian P. JanssenAssistant Professor
Department of Experimental Psychology, Utrecht University (The Netherlands)
E-mail: c.p.janssen 'insert usual symbol here' uu.nl (best way of contact)
Phone: +31 (0)30 253 4582
Department of Experimental Psychology
Martinus Langeveldgebouw, room H.052
3584 CS Utrecht
I am interested in understanding adaptive human performance and strategic adaptation. How do cognitive characteristics, task characteristics, and context shape human performance? And how well can people optimize their performance given these constraints? I investigate these research topics together with students and colleagues at the Dep. of Experimental Psychology (in Dutch) at Utrecht University. Before starting in Utrecht I worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Smith-Kettlewell eye research institute together with Dr Preeti Verghese to investigate strategies for moving the eyes efficiently both in healthy adults and adults with Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). I also investigate a.o. performance trade-offs in multitasking situations (PhD research with Dr. Duncan Brumby at UCL, Interaction Centre). My PhD research was awarded with the Briggs Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation by the APA. My previous research has also included the study of aspects of (reinforcement) learning & adaptation, performance and resource trade-offs, and the effect that psychological and environmental characteristics have on human performance and behavior. As a research strategy I conduct emperical studies and develop cognitive and user models.
November 2016 Nominated for "senior lecturer of the year" in psychology
November 2016 Paper accepted
October 2016Three items:
September 2016Two items:
August 2016 Congratulations to my MSc student Hidde van der Meulen. Work based of his masters thesis research got accepted for oral presentation at Auto-UI 2016. Hidde did his work at the lab of Andrew Kun in New Hampshire. The paper is called "Switching back to manual driving: How does it compare to simply driving away after parking?" by Van der Meulen, Kun, and Janssen.
July 2016 On September 1st I will speak at a symposium on Human Factors organized by Intergo, see The lustrum website.
June 2016 I joined the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies as an associate editor. IJHCS is ranked 1st out of all HCI journals by both Microsoft Academic Search and Google Scholar. I previously edited a special issue for this journal on multitasking and interruptions. You can find that special issue here. You can also read our editor's introduction to the special issue: [Author URL, Publisher URL ]
June 2016 I take part in various public lectures. On June 10th I am moderator at a student lead symposium on Human-Robot Interaction in Utrecht, organized by Incognito. On June 23rd I am invited speaker at a symposium on human multitasking, organized in Groningen, see here.
April 2016Our lab was on national television. The TV program "Galileo" filmed an item on multitasking: are men better than women? The item was viewed by almost 400 000 live viewers. You can watch a short snippet here:
March 2016 Congratulations to my PhD student Remo van der Heiden and Master students Elcke de Geus and Iris van Hooijdonk who will present their research as plenary talks during the Dutch "Traffic behavior days" (verkeersgedragdag). Website: Verkeersgedragdag.
March 2016 Congratulations to my PhD student Remo van der Heiden, who's MSc thesis work (also conducted in my lab and together with Dutch Ministry of Transportation) is on the short-list for the Vliegenthart thesis award for best MSc thesis in the social sciences. Final results will be announced in April.
January 2016 I was awarded a Marie Curie reintegration grant from the European Union to do more research on driver distraction, autonomous driving and physiological measurement. The reintegration grants are aimed at researchers who spent significant time outside of Europe and now want to lay the foundation for their own lab.
January 2016 The RTL TV program Galileo filmed an item in my lab. Galileo is a TV program that explains science to the general public. Presenters Manuel Venderbos and Shelly Sterk visited my lab to test how efficient people are at multitasking, and to see whether women are truly better at multitasking than men. You can see a picture on my Media page
October 2015 I was awarded funding from the Dutch Ministry of Transportation (Rijkswaterstaat) to investigate human behavior in autonomous driving. The project will form part of the PhD studies of Remo van der Heiden, for whom I will be the primary supervisor, together with Dr. Stella Donker and Prof. Leon Kenemans. More details will be released in due time.
September 2015 On September 13th 2015 I will give a public lecture on Alan Turing's work (specifically: the Turing Machine and Turing Test) followed by a screening of the film "The imitation game" at the Dutch Film Festival "Film by the Sea" in Vlissingen. More information can be found here: Film by the Sea Website. The lecture takes place in the "Omega" trajectory about art, science, artificial intelligence and memory.
August 2015 Expert opinion on turning down the radio when parking your car
July 2015 Organizing workshop on Cognitive load and In-Vehicle Human-Machine Interaction
May 2015 Journal paper accepted
May 2015 Public lectures coming up
April 2015 Special issue released
March 2015 Special issue in print
February 2015 Lots of good news!
January 2015 This year I am again serving on the program committee of the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (in Pasadena California, July 23-25 2015) and the CHI work-in-progress track (in Seoul, Korea, April 18 - 23). I look forward to reviewing your quality work! Deadline for CHI is January 5th and for CogSci is February 1st - see websites for details.
November 2014 My research with Preeti Verghese was described in a news article for Horizon (Pacific Vision Foundation Newsletter) (2014). The title is "Not seeing what is really there - PVF funded research seeks scotoma solutions". You can read the article here: [PDF].
July 2014 In October I will start as an assistant professor in experimental psychology at Utrecht University (The Netherlands).
June 2014 The formatted version of my latest journal paper is now online: Janssen, C.P., Iqbal, S.T., Ju, Y.C. (2014). Sharing a Driverís Context with a Caller via Continuous Audio Cues to Increase Awareness about Driver State. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 20(3), 270-284. doi: 10.1037/xap0000020 [Author URL, Publisher URL, Supplementary Material, Video]
May 2014 I will chair and present in a session on Visual search: Eye movements and mechanisms" at the annual Vision Science Society meeting. The session is on Saturday May 17th between 5:15 and 6:45 pm. The title of my talk is "Stop & think: looking into a scotoma". Read the abstract here: abstract. It will present recent research on how efficient people are in looking at information that is hidden to them due to either an artificial blob or damage to their eye (for patients with Macular Degeneration). Very exciting! More information about the program and the conference can be found here
April 2014 Lots of good news:
March 2014 We have received a great, diverse set of submissions for our special issue on Multitasking and Interruptions for the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. As lead editor of the special issue, I have taken a sneak peak at the submissions and I am very excited about the content so far! More information on the issue can be found on our dedicated website: http://www.cpjanssen.nl/IJHCS.
February 2014 I will chair and present in a session on Visual search: Eye movements and mechanisms" at the annual Vision Science Society meeting. The session is on Saturday May 17th between 5:15 and 6:45 pm. The title of my talk is "Stop & think: looking into a scotoma". Read the abstract here: abstract. It will present recent research on how efficient people are in looking at information that is hidden to them due to either an artificial blob or damage to their eye (for patients with Macular Degeneration). Very exciting! More information about the program and the conference can be found here
January 2014 I am serving on the program committee of the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (in Quebec, July 23 - 26) and the CHI work-in-progress track (in Toronto, April 26 - May 1). I look forward to reviewing your quality work! Deadline for CHI is January 7th and for CogSci is February 1st - see websites for details.
September 2013 We are organizing a spotlight (formerly called "communities") at CHI 2014 on "Interaction Science". We want to highlight Interaction Science work and establish a stronger presence of this community within the CHI conference and outside of it. For more details, please visit the Interaction Science Spotlight page here.
September 2013 Preeti Verghese and I received funding from the Pacific Vision Foundation for a one-year research project entitled "Testing a novel method for teaching scotoma awareness". We will investigate whether people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be made more aware of their scotoma (a damaged area on the retina) through experience with a task that requires frequent eye-movements. More to follow later.
August 2013 I am presenting my latest work at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society in Berlin. I present my poster on Friday, August 2nd between 12:10 and 14:30. My poster number is 344 and has the title "Eye-Movement Strategies in Multiple-Target Search: Likely Targets or Locations with Uncertainty?". Find a PDF here [Poster PDF.] All posters are presented in the Maritim proArte Hotel (Friedrichstrasse 151). Some light lunch items are served free of charge during the session.
June 2013 I am co-editing a special issue of the International Journal of Human-Computer studies on multitasking and interruptions. We are currently looking for high quality contributions. The aim is to offer a platform to discuss how different approaches to understanding multitasking and interruptions can be combined to provide insights that are more than the sum of their parts. For more information see the dedicated website: http://www.cpjanssen.nl/IJHCS.
May 2013 This is the poster that I presented at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (in Naples, Florida, May 10-15, 2013). It is presented at the "visual search: eye movements" session, Sunday May 12th between 8:30 -12:30 am (bring your breakfast along :-)). The title of the poster is "Towards a Better Understanding of Eye-Movement Strategies in Multiple Target Search".
April 2013 I will present my recent work as a poster at the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (in Berlin, July 31 - August 3). The title of the poster is "Eye-Movement Strategies in Multiple Target Search for Target Location and Uncertainty Reduction".
February 2013 I will present my recent work as a poster at the annual meeting of the Vision Sciences Society (in Naples, Florida, May 10-15, 2013). My poster's title is "Towards a Better Understanding of Eye-Movement Strategies in Multiple Target Search" and will be presented on the "visual search: eye movements" session, Sunday May 12th between 8:30 -12:30 am (bring your breakfast along :-))
January 2013 This year I am serving on the program committee of the annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (in Berlin, July 31 - August 3). I look forward to reviewing your quality work! Deadline for submission is February 1st, see the conference website for more details.
October 2012 I started a post-doc position at The Smith-Kettlewell Eye-Research Institute: http://www.ski.org/
Summer 2012 I am currently working as a research intern at Microsoft Research in Redmond, Washington together with Dr Shamsi IqbalApril 2012 I successfully defended my PhD thesis with Prof. Stephen Payne (U. Bath, UK) and Prof. David Shanks (UCL, UK) as examiners. It was a great experience. You can find my PhD thesis here: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/1348372/