dr.ir. E.C. Dertien (Edwin)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I have a deep passion for building Robotics, resulting in many robot(related) projects inside and outside University. In 2004 I finished an internship at the ' Shadow Robot Company' in London, working on air-muscle control of their famous humanoid hand and an eight-legged walking robot. After my graduation work on 'Dribbel' in 2005, a powered 'passive dynamic' walking robot, I continued to work on energy efficient actuation of (walking) robots. I have been a member of the Dutch Robotics team participating in the RoboCup in 2008 and 2009. In 2014 I completed my PhD research on the development of a pipe inspection robot for life gas Mains in which rapid manufacturing (3D printing) plays a major role. More info can be found at inspectierobot.nl. Currently I am involved in a number of research projects related to social robotics such as R3D3 concerning the design of a robot receptionist and the eyePi head.

I am involved as researcher and educator in the bachelor programme ' Creative Technology' coordinating two modules on Smart Technology and Explorative Design. I teach courses on Programming and Physical Computing, Sensors and Control. In the module 'Living and Working Tomorrow' I teach a central project course. Other contributions are tinkering sessions in the CuriousU summerschool program and an introduction into Robotics in the 'Smart Cities' HTHT module.

Furthermore I try to maintain a blog on personal DIY projects at retrointerfacing.com, a central site on my activities at edwindertien.nl and a site on technical activities for art and theatre at kunstentechniekwerk.nl. Since 2013 I am co-founder of the ASSortiMENS foundation running a FabLab inspired workshop for people with autism.


Human Robot Interaction
Electronic Equipment
Light Emitting Diodes


Aslam, S., Dertien, E. C., & van Dijk, J. (2019). Participatory Design of a Social Robot (So-bot) Toolkit for and with Adults with Autism. Paper presented at 4th RTD Conference: Design United, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Davison, D., Gorer, B., Kolkmeier, J., Linssen, J. M., Schadenberg, B. R., van de Vijver, B., ... Reidsma, D. (2017). Things that Make Robots Go HMMM : Heterogeneous Multilevel Multimodal Mixing to Realise Fluent, Multiparty, Human-Robot Interaction. In K. P. Truong, & D. Reidsma (Eds.), Proceedings of eNTERFACE '16 (pp. 6-20). Enschede: Telematica Instituut / CTIT.
Neidlinger, K. L., Truong, K. P., Telfair, C., Feijs, L., Dertien, E. C., & Evers, V. (2017). AWElectric: that gave me goosebumps, did you feel it too? In Proceedings of the Eleventh International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI'17) (pp. 315-324). Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/3024969.3025004
Dertien, E. C., & Stramigioli, S. (2017). Highlights in mechatronic design approaches. In D. Zangh, & B. Wei (Eds.), Advanced Mechatronics and MEMS Devices II (pp. 41-59). (Microsystems and Nanosystems). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-32180-6
Mader, A. H., & Dertien, E. C. (2016). Tinkering as Method in Academic Teaching. In E. Bohemia (Ed.), DS 83: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education (pp. 240-245)
Mader, A. H., Reidsma, D. (Ed.), Dertien, E. C., Volpe, G. (Ed.), Kolkmeier, J., Camurri, A. (Ed.), ... Nijholt, A. (Ed.) (2015). Single Value Devices. International journal of arts and technology, 8(3), 249-277. DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2015.071209
Neidlinger, K., & Dertien, E. C. (2015). Interactive inflatables: amplifying human behaviors. In B. Verplanck, & W. Ju (Eds.), Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 489-491). New York: Association for Computing Machinery. DOI: 10.1145/2677199.2683588
Bohemia, E. (Ed.), Mader, A. H., Eger, A. O. (Ed.), Dertien, E. C., Eggink, W. (Ed.), Parkinson, B. (Ed.), ... Kovacevic, A. (Ed.) (2014). How to educate for creativity in creative technology?. 562-567. Paper presented at 16th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design, E&PDE 2014, Enschede, Netherlands.

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