Dr M.H. Vastenburg (Martijn)

Assistant professor - Behavioural Science Institute
Assistant professor - Communication Science

Dr M.H. Vastenburg (Martijn)
Visiting address

Thomas van Aquinostraat 4

Postal address

Postbus 9104

Working days Tuesday, Thursday

Martijn Vastenburg studies the design and application of AI-driven innovations in healthcare. In his research, the underlying challenge is to design innovations that optimally address user needs.

The research focuses, among other things, on the following questions:
• How can we design more intelligent robot solutions with AI, towards helping frail seniors live independently longer?
• How can we better personalize AI-driven hospital treatments to the needs of individual patients?
• How can we use AI to help people improve their sleeping behavior?

As an assistant professor at Artificial Intelligence, Martijn Vastenburg aims to guide AI students and developers in creating innovations that resonate with the end user's needs. He coordinates the master's course Human-Robot Interaction; supervises students in projects related to social robotics, behavior change, and AI in healthcare; and contributes to various design courses.

Martijn Vastenburg's background in computing science (MSc) and Industrial Design Engineering (PhD) positions him at the intersection of AI and design. His research themes, including design methodology, persuasive technology, serious gaming, and behavior change theory, reflect the interdisciplinary nature of his work.

Recent student projects include:
• Maike Berkhof (M AI- 2024): Exploring patient-in-the-loop approaches to personalized treatment in oncology: supporting patient values with Bayesian decision support.
• Joy Haggenburg (B AI – 2024): Patient-centered treatment for cancer patients: Exploring the use of patient preferences in AI algorithms.
• Britt Deckers (M AI 2023): Personalization of a Social Health Care Companion.

In addition to his work for the university, Martijn Vastenburg is director of the design research agency ConnectedCare b.v., which works on innovations for healthcare in a European context.

Research theme
  • Design for behavior change, social robots, persuasive technology
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