"The LIGHTCAP project"
The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences of Eindhoven University of Technology has three PhD positions in intelligent, human-centric lighting in the Human Technology Interaction (HTI) group, to work on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN funded LIGHTCAP project.
The LIGHTCAP project is a European Training Network under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions framework. LIGHTCAP aims to provide a strong, innovative and necessary impulse to our insights in the intricate and complex relationships between light, perception, attention and cognition. Prof Yvonne de Kort of the HTI group is the coordinator of this ETN project.
Cognition, Attention and Perception (CAP) are crucial for professional success, core to educational success, and essential to productive, safe and healthy functioning. Yet cognition is hard work, attention is fragile, and perception is selective. Recent research has shown that light directly and indirectly helps to foster CAP, in particular via the activation of a recently discovered photoreceptor in the human eye. However, large-scale migration to cities, increased time spent indoors, and our 24-hour economy have impacted on our light exposure. Such aberrant, unnatural light dark cycles impact on human physiology and functioning and can result in sleep, mood and circadian rhythm disturbances, in fatigue and cognitive failure, and they even may aggravate certain cancer pathologies.
LIGHTCAP is an international, interdisciplinary, cross-sectional and translational training program. It unites experts from neurobiology, cognitive neuroscience, chronobiology, psychology and lighting technology. It will train a generation of researchers who can look beyond the borders of their discipline and understand the implications of their findings for other fields.
In LIGHTCAP, 15 early stage researchers will be trained in a joint programme between 7 academic European partners:
These groups will be collaborating intensively with each other and with the solid consortium of industrial and medical partners through secondments (research visits), consortium meetings and a joint training programme. The HTI group is seeking three enthusiastic, ambitious young researchers to work in our team; this is the description for one project. For the remaining LIGHTCAP positions at TU/e and in the partner universities, please see the LIGHTCAP project’s website: https://lightcap.eu
PhD position: Effects of light spectrum on cognition, attention and perception in mesopic outdoor situations
We aim to investigate the acute non-image forming (NIF) and image-forming (IF) effects in pedestrians under mesopic conditions. For this purpose we will investigate the role of spectral power distributions (SPD), in particular in blue (NIF) and green (IF) wavelength ranges, in spatial brightness perceptions and safety judgements, and in decision making in critical situations (e.g., face recognition or road crossing situations). Your research mostly involves laboratory experiments, but we aim to develop, together with other LIGHTCAP partners, experimental paradigms to test and measure pedestrian attention and (crossing) behavior in an ecologically valid manner (e.g., in a virtual reality setup). Findings will contribute to a better understanding of the importance and practical significance of considering NIF effects in mesopic / outdoor lighting conditions; also in light of the health and ecological concerns associated with blue wavelengths.
You will conduct your research under the supervision of Dr. Ir. Antal Haans, and Prof. Yvonne de Kort. You will be a member of the light group of HTI, the larger LIGHTCAP team, and of TU/e’s Intelligent Lighting Institute. We have planned secondments for you with the Centre for Biological Timing at the University of Manchester, the Lighting and Visual Perception group of the University of Sheffield, and Signify.
Eindhoven University of Technology is a top-ranking Dutch university that combines scientific curiosity with a hands-on attitude. Our spirit of collaboration translates into an open culture and a number 1 position in collaborating with advanced industries. Fundamental knowledge enables us to design solutions for the highly complex problems of today and tomorrow.
The Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS) is a leading school in the area of industrial engineering and management science as well as innovation sciences. IE&IS has several BSc and MSc programs housed in two separate schools. Research is multi-disciplinary, based on fundamental scientific insights and methods. The school of Industrial Engineering (IE) focuses on the analysis, (re)design, and control of operational processes in organizations and the information systems needed for these processes, and the school of Innovation Sciences (IS) focuses on the realization and impact of technological innovations at the individual, organizational, and societal level. At the heart of our academic philosophy is the synergy between research and teaching.
The Human Technology Interaction (HTI) group is part of the school of IS. It concentrates expertise in social sciences – in particular psychology – and engineering, studying technology in the service of human wellbeing, within the broader context of a socially and ecologically sustainable society. The HTI group has a strong track record in education at the TU/e, running the BSc program Psychology and Technology and a (international) Master program in Human-Technology Interaction. Current research topics at the Human-Technology Interaction group include affective computing, persuasive technology, artificial intelligence, data science, virtual environments, digital gaming, recommender systems, online behavior, natural and artificial light, robotics, and embodied interfaces.
The Intelligent Lighting Institute (ILI) is TU/e’s interdepartmental institute for innovations in lighting. It was established in 2010 and is home to multidisciplinary research around novel intelligent lighting solutions, with a special emphasis on how these new solutions might affect people. In addition, ILI aims at providing scientific evidence for the claims that go with these novel lighting solutions.
Do you recognize yourself in this profile and would you like to know more? Please contact Prof. Yvonne de Kort, y.a.w.d.kort[at]tue.nl, or a.haans[at]tue.nl, or +31 40 247 2889.
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