prof.dr. M.H. Martens (Marieke)


About Me

After finishing her university education in Cognitive Psychology, Marieke Martens started her carreer at TNO Human Factors in 1996. In the department of Traffic Behaviour her research focuses on driving behaviour, traffic safety, road design, driver support systems and driver state (fatigue, workload, attention, expectations). These studies are part of exploratory research, projects for the Ministry of Transport, European Union, OEMs and service suppliers. She received her PhD degree from the Free University in Amsterdam about the effects of expectations on visual attention and perception in driving. The title of her dissertation is: The failure to act upon important information: Where do things go wrong?

She has been a member of several CROW-working groups and a member of the PIARC working group on road tunnels and human factors. She is also a member of the  Advisory Board of the TRANSaid project and the INTERACT projec.

Since 2014, she works as Professor of ITS & Human Factors. Topics include driver support, Human Machine Interaction, cooperative systems, driving simulators, driving behaviour, and traffic safety.

Professional experience

  • 2014- present 
    Professor, ITS & Human Factors, Universiteit Twente

  • 2009 – 2013 
    Associate Professor, ITS & Human Factors, Universiteit Twente

  • 1996 - present 
    Department of Traffic Behaviour, TNO Human Factors


  •  PhD: "The failure to act upon important information: Where do things go wrong?", Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • 1996
    Master Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Railroad Cars
Cruise Control
Human Engineering

Ancillary Activities

  • NDW
  • TNO
    Onderzoeker TNO
  • SWOV
    Wetenschappelijke Adviesraad
  • Onderzoeksraad voor veiligheid
    Begeleidingscie Onderzoek naar Automatisering in het wegverkeer


  • Driver support
  • Workload
  • User acceptance
  • Driving behaviour
  • Cooperative systems
  • Road design
  • Traffic safety


Walker, F., Verwey, W., & Martens, M. (2018). Benefits of extended peripersonal space during automated driving. Poster session presented at 6th BMW Summer School 2018, Burghausen, Germany.
Zhang, B., Wilschut, E. S., Willemsen, D. M. C., Alkim, T., & Martens, M. H. (2018). The effect of see-through truck on driver monitoring patterns and responses to critical events in truck platooning. In N. A. Stanton (Ed.), Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation: Proceedings of the AHFE 2017 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation, July 17-21, 2017, The Westin Bonaventura Hotel, Los Angeles, California, USA (pp. 842-852). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 597). Springer Verlag. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-60441-1_81
Dey, D., Martens, M., Eggen, B., & Terken, J. (2017). The Impact of Vehicle Appearance and Vehicle Behavior on Pedestrian Interaction with Autonomous Vehicles. In AutomotiveUI '17 Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications Adjunct (pp. 158-162). DOI: 10.1145/3131726.3131750
Kyriakidis, M., de Winter, J. C. F., Stanton, N., Bellet, T., van Arem, B., Brookhuis, K. A., ... Happee, R. (2017). A human factors perspective on automated driving. Ergonomics. DOI: 10.1080/1463922X.2017.1293187
Martens, M. H. (2017). Hoe lossen we de file op? In B. de Graaf, & A. Rinnooy Kan (Eds.), Hoe zwaar is licht?: Meer dan 100 dringende vragen aan de wetenschap (pp. 208-212). Amsterdam: Balans.

UT Research Information System



  • Intelligent Transport Systems 1
  • Intelligent Transport Systems 2

Bachelor Introduction into Intelligent Transport Systems

  • VU Amsterdam Cognitive Psychology (Gastdocent)
  • Stichting PAO Various


Contact Details

+31534894322 (if no answer)

Visiting Address

University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room Z218
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  Z218
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

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