Student Supervision

Available student projects

General projects
I am always interested in supervising student projects at the BSc, MSc, and PhD level. Take a look at my list of current and former research projects to get a flavor of my interests. After doing that, schedule a meeting with me to discuss what might be an interesting project for you (and me). I am also open to sharing supervision with another researcher who can benefit the project.
I am also happy to talk to you about internships (I've done quite a few myself).
You can find my contact information here.
Concrete projects are available around the following themes. In each case, the exact details of the project would be set with the student. The focus can be on empirical studies, modeling human performance, or (in rare cases) a literature review. My focus ranges from very theoretical work to very applied work (e.g., see Janssen, Iqbal and Ju, 2014):
  • Human Behavior in (semi-)autonomous driving I am starting multiple projects in the area of autonomous driving, and understanding how humans behave in such situations. This can include measurement of physiology (e.g., EEG/ERP, or skin conductance level).
  • Cognitive Modeling & Machine Learning I am interested in how computer simulations can help to understand human behavior. Almost always I have some modeling projects running. Lately, I am also getting more and more interested in exploring the power of machine learning and data science techniques to understand and predict human behavior.
  • Rewards and multitasking: How do rewards of tasks influence how we divide our time between two or more tasks? This builds on work such as that published in Janssen et al. (2011, Topics in Cognitive Science) and Janssen & Brumby (2015, Plos One).
  • Driver distraction and autonomous driving: In Utrecht we have a new driving simulator with which we can study various aspects of driver distraction. I am particular interested in measuring how well people notice and respond to unexpected events (e.g., suddenly braking cars).

Ongoing Student supervision


PhD students
  • Remo van der Heiden(2016 - ) PhD research investigating human behavior in autonomous vehicles.

MSc students
  • Alexandra Bremers (2017) MSc AI student. In-car user interfaces (together with an international car manufacturer)
  • Aikaterina Tompoidi (2017) MSC AI student. Applying Machine Learning techniques to understand EEG data. Together with Daniel Oberski (Methods and statistics) and Leon Kenemans
  • Clarissa Baratin (2017) MSc Neuroscience & Cognition. Using cognitive models to understand how peopl fill out surveys. With Daniel Oberski (Methods and statistics) and Tobias Stark (General Social Sciences)
  • Vida Kasanin (2017) MSc Neuroscience & Cognition. Studying attention and distraction in autonomous vehicles

BSc students
  • Tom Kinnegram (2017) BSc Psychology student. Efficiency of multitasking.



Former Student supervision


MSc students
  • Hendrik Nunner (2017) MSc Artificial Intelligence thesis project on using Cognitive Models to understand social phenomena. Supervision together with Dr. Wojtek Przepiorka (Dep. Sociology). Thesis passed cum laude. Hendrik now works as a PhD student at the department of Sociology in Utrecht
  • Jolijn de Heer (2017) MSc Applied Cognitive Psychology, external research at Bartimeus on haptic perception by individuals that are deaf-blind. Thesis passed cum laude
  • Nathalie Korbee (2017) MSc Applied Cognitive Psychology, external research at SWOV on education of traffic safety. Thesis passed cum laude
  • Stef van Gogh (2017) MSc internship in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Careweb, on UX in health care.
  • Ken Beckers (2017) MSc internship in Appliec Cognitive Psychology, focusing on measuring skin conductance in driving simulator settings.
  • Hidde van der Meulen (2016) MSc thesis Artificial Intelligence on hand-over in automated driving. Conducted at University of New Hampshire together with Prof. Andrew Kun. Resulted in conference paper for Automotive-UI. Thesis passed cum laude. Hidde is now a PhD student at UC Dublin.
  • Vere Weermeijer (2015-2016) MSc thesis in Science and Business Management, investigating the role of rewards in task switching.
  • Jackie Poos (2015-2016) MSc thesis in Neuroscience and Cognition (Research Master) on reducing cognitive biases through serious games (with Dr. Karel van den Bosch at TNO). Thesis passed cum laude. Resulted in journal paper for Computers & Education.
  • Elcke de Geus (2015-2016) MSc thesis in Applied Cognitive Psychology, conducted at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research. Work presented at Dutch Traffic Behavior days (Graduated Cum Laude - highest honors)
  • Mitchell van Zuylen (2016) MSc thesis in Applied Cognitive Psychology, conducated at Philips. Mitchell is now a PhD student at TU Delft
  • Bertine van Deijzen (2016) Small project within MSc AI on use of technology to support learning. Internship in industry
  • Saskia Brakenhoff (2015-2016) small project for MSc Applied Cognitive Psychology.
  • Iris van Hooijdonk (2015-2016) MSc Applied Cognitive Psychology, small project on red light crossings at bridgets, together with Rijkswaterstaat. Work presented at Dutch Traffic Behavior days
  • Remo van der Heiden (2015) MSc thesis in Applied Cognitive Psychology on lane switching (together with Rijkswaterstaat)(Graduated Cum Laude - highest honors). THis resulted in a journal paper (Van der Heiden et al. Transportation Research Part F), and Remo continued as a PhD student in my lab.
  • Robbert Martens (2015) MSc thesis in Applied Cognitive Psychology on detecting unexpected events in automated systems
  • Kimberly Hulleman (2015) MSc thesis in Applied Cognitive Psychology on automated driving, conducted at SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research
  • Tamara Will (2015) MSc internship in Applied Cognitive Psychology at Philips Research (Graduated Cum Laude - highest honors)
  • George Farmer (2010): MSc thesis Human-Computer Interaction (shared supervision with Dr Duncan Brumby). Awarded with a distinction and with the John Long prize for outstanding research promise.Read George's thesis here.This work was also been published as a paper in Cognitive Science journal. George now (2016) works as a post-doc at Univeristy of Cambridge.
  • Samantha Davies (2010): MSc thesis Human-Computer Interaction (shared supervision with Dr Duncan Brumby). Awarded with a distinction. Read Samantha's thesis here. This work was also presented at CHI 2011 (see publications)
  • Rae Garnett (2009): Mini-project research Master Psychology (shared supervision with Dr Duncan Brumby). Part of this work contributed to a 2012 paper in the Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making (see publications)
  • Nina del Rosario (2009): MSc thesis Human-Computer Interaction (shared supervision with Dr Duncan Brumby). Awarded with a distinction and with the John Long prize for outstanding research promise. Read Nina's thesis here. Part of this work is reported in one of our ICCM 2010 papers (see publications)


BSc students
  • Perpe Luijben (2017) BSc Artificial Intelligence student. Project looking at modeling (ir) rationality in the context of logical statements. Supervision together with Rosalie Iemhoff
  • Evy van Weelden (2017) honors student BSc Psychology. Creative challenge on the use of digital stories for science communication. Watch the result: on my Youtube channel
  • Sissi Cao (2016) BSc Artificial Intelligence. Individual differences in multitasking
  • Maud Stigted (2016) BSc Artificial Intelligence. Automation in airplanes and cars
  • Tariq Mouhtadi (2016) BSc Artificial Intelligence. Investigating the use of modeling and machine learning in driver distraction settings
  • Lotte Hardeman (2016) BSc Psychology (honors student) investigating cognitive distraction using ERP techniques. Project passed cum laude.
  • Keri Mans (2016) BSc Psychology (honors student) investigating cognitive distraction using ERP techniques. Project passed cum laude.
  • Naomi Prins (2015) BSc report Liberal Arts and Sciences. Investigating the role of Artificial Intelligence in Japanese culture.
  • Koen Verlaan (2016) BSc report Liberal Arts and Sciences. Investigating how well humans are equipped to drive at high speeds on the highways.
  • Emma Everaert (2015) BSc Psychology - honors trajectory. Moved on to MSc Neuroscience and Cognition
  • Ghislaine Mensing (2015) BSc Psychology -honors trajectory. Moved on to: MSc Economics
  • Heleen Hendriksen (2015) BSc Psychology - honors trajectory
  • Laura Tigchelaar (2015) BSc Psychology -honors trajectory. Moved on to: student BSc Computer Science.
  • Elaine Ching (2009): Project for BSc in Psychology (shared supervision with Dr Duncan Brumby at UCL).


If you are a student who would like to work on a project with me, please contact me to discuss some ideas. I would be very interested!