Peter Werkhoven

POSITION: PROFESSOR | MULTIMODAL INTERACTION IN VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS
TNO UNIT: EXECUTIVE BOARD TNO, CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
UNIVERSITY: UTRECHT UNIVERSITY (FACULTY OF SCIENCE / DEPT OF INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES)
 
TNO LOCATION: DEN HAAG, ANNA VAN BUERENPLEIN 1
EMAIL: PETER.WERKHOVEN@TNO.NL
TEL: +31653979658

RESEARCH AREA

My research and teaching activities are about human perception and interaction in computer simulated worlds, focusing on:

  • Tactile and brain-computer interfaces for navigating simulated worlds, e.g. How can you see with your skin? How can you move your avatar in a game by just thought?
  • Affect, stress and body ownership in augmented reality, e.g. How to measure and control your stress level while playing a game? How to reconstruct a game designer’s goal based on game characteristics? How to let you feel and control a virtual or robotic arm as if it’s your own arm?
  • Meaningful control of autonomous intelligent systems, e.g. How to tell autonomous (super) intelligent systems ‘what to do’, assuring alignment with ‘human values’?

The impact of this research is in the application domains of effective training simulators, intuitive tele-operations and responsible development of AI systems. These application domains are relevant for the TNO roadmaps ‘Operations & Human Factors’ and ‘Maritime & Offshore’ (tele-robotics) and  for the TNO Early Research Programs ‘i-Botics’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’.

RECENT RESULTS

  • The research on stress control in serious games (PhD work Benny van der Vijgh) resulted in GASICA, a system for the automated control of the stress state in therapy and training applications. The system has been employed by TNO in training simulators for the military.
  • The research on body ownership in augmented reality (PhD work Nina Rosa) is input for the design of the tele-manipulation robot demonstrator developed in the i-Botics

PHD SUPERVISION

  • Nina Rosa-deJong, topic ‘Multimodality in augmented reality games’ (funded by NWO)
  • Sjors Martens, topic ‘Games a tools for city model behavior’ (funded by NWO)
  • Nadisha-Marie Aliman, topic ‘Safe, secure and ethical transition to artificial superintelligence’ (funded by TNO)

TOP PUBLICATIONS

  • Nadisha-Marie Aliman, Leon Kester, Peter Werkhoven and Roman Yampolskiy (2019). Orthogonality-based disentanglement of responsibilities for ethical intelligent systems. Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI-2019), August 6-9, 2019, Shenzhen, China. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-27005-6_3.
  • Nina Rosa, Jean-Paul van Bommel, Wolfgang Hürst, Tanja Nijboer, Remco Veltkamp and Peter Werkhoven (2019). Embodying an extra virtual body in augmented reality. Proceedings of the 26th IEEE Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D User Interfaces, March 23-27, Osaka, Japan. Doi: 10.1109/VR.2019.8798055.
  • Peter Werkhoven, Leon Kester, & Mark Neerincx (2018). Telling autonomous systems what to do. In Proceedings of the 36th European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (ECCE'18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, Article 2. Doi: 10.1145/3232078.3232238.

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