Full Professor Human-Robot Interaction, TUDelft
Prof. dr. ir. David A. Abbink received his MSc. degree (2002) and PhD degree (2006) in Mechanical Engineering from Delft University of Technology. He is a full Professor there, leading the section of Human-Robot Interaction in the department of Cognitive Robotics.
Research His PhD thesis on haptic assistance for car-following was awarded the best Dutch dissertation in movement sciences (2006), and contributed to the market release of Nissan’s Distance Control Assist system. David received two prestigious personal grants - VENI (2010) and VIDI (2015) and led large interdisciplinary research programmes on human-centered robotics. His research has received funding from major industry partners such as Nissan, Renault, Boeing. He currently leads an interdisciplinary community of ethnographers, psychologists, designers, philosophers and engineers to study and shape the interactions between humans and robots at work.
Education David was voted best teacher of his department for seven consecutive years, best teacher of his faculty twice, and received an international open courseware award for his course “The Human Controller”.
Private Life David has always worked 4 days a week, to ensure enough time for the other pleasures in life, such as drumming in rock bands, cooking, traveling and being present as a dad, husband and friend.
His PhD thesis (2006) on haptic support for car-following was awarded the best Ph.D. dissertation in the Netherlands, and contributed to the market release of Nissan’s Distance Control Assist system. David’s research on human control over intelligent vehicles and other robots has been funded by personal grants - VENI (2010) and VIDI (2015) – as well as by industry (e.g., Boeing, Nissan, Renault).
David was awarded best teacher of his department for seven years in a row, and best teacher of his Faculty twice.