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


Social Sciences
Engineering & Materials Science
Cruise Control
Human Engineering
Business & Economics
Automated Vehicle


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


Walker, F., Morgenstern, O., Avila, J. M. , Martens, M. , & Verwey, W. (2021). A novel technique for faster responses to take over requests in an automated vehicle. In Proceedings - 13th International ACM Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicular Applications, AutomotiveUI 2021 (pp. 159-164). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3409118.3475152
Boelhouwer, A. , van den Beukel, A. P. , van der Voort, M. C., Hottentot, C., de Wit, R. Q. , & Martens, M. H. (2020). How are car buyers and car sellers currently informed about ADAS? An investigation among drivers and car sellers in the Netherlands. Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 4, [100103]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trip.2020.100103
Boelhouwer, A. , van den Beukel, A. P. , van der Voort, M. C. , & Martens, M. (2020). Determining Infrastructure- and Traffic Factors That Increase the Perceived Complexity of Driving Situations. In N. Stanton (Ed.), Advances in Human Factors of Transportation: Proceedings of the AHFE 2020 International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation (pp. 3-10). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 1212). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-50943-9_1
Walker, F. , Martens, M., Dey, D., Pfleging, B., Eggen, B., & Terken, J. (2019). Feeling-of-safety slider: Measuring pedestrian willingness to cross roads in field interactions with vehicles. In CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [3312880] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290607.3312880
Dey, D. , Martens, M., Eggen, B., & Terken, J. (2019). Pedestrian road-crossing willingness as a function of vehicle automation, external appearance, and driving behaviour. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour, 65, 191-205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2019.07.027



  • Intelligent Transport Systems 1
  • Intelligent Transport Systems 2

Bachelor Introduction into Intelligent Transport Systems

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

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University of Twente
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands