Measuring human behavior in 3D virtual environments

Organisers: Jorrit Kuipers, Green Dino and Tobias Heffelaar, Noldus Information Technology


  • Presentations - Friday 29 August, 11:10 - 15:20, Pomonazaal
  • Excursion - Friday 29 August, 15:30 - 17:00 (details will be announced in the symposium, see below for location).

3D virtual environments offer efficient, safe and environment friendly facilities for measuring human behavior. Examples are driving simulators and shop simulators.  Although the benefits are clear, the end users have not been quick to take up this promising innovation. The main question end users like driving schools or supermarket owners have is, “can I transfer the knowledge acquired in the simulator to the real world?”.

In this symposium we will present several studies from the field. These studies show how 3D virtual environments are being used for measuring behavior. The presentations will focus on the transfer and retention of the measured behavior in real life and the achieved benefits for the end user.

Participants of the symposia can visit the vessel simulator facility of MARIN after the seminar (walking distance). At the premises of MARIN several simulators will be demonstrated such as a driving simulator and a shop simulator.


Time Author Title
11:10-11:30 Kees Nieuwenhuis, Thales Nederland B.V. From 2D to 3D in ATC? Can operators be trained?
11:30-11:50 Balázs Péter Hámornik, Anita Komlódi, Máté Köles and Károly Hercegfi, Budapest University of Technology and Economics Studying the Features of Collaboration in the VirCa Immersive 3D Environment
11:50-12:10 Jacques Terken and Qonita Shahab, Technical University of Eindhoven Design and Evaluation of HMI Concepts for Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control
12:10-12:30 Jorrit Kuipers, Green Dino Automation of training and assessment with DATA Centred Design (DDT)
14:00-14:20 Erica van Herpen, Tian Yu, Eva van den Broek and Hans van Trijp, Wageningen University Using a virtual grocery store to simulate shopping behaviour
14:20-14:40 Tobias Heffelaar, Renkske Landman, Menno Merts, Jasper Michiel van Hemert, Arjan Stuiver and Lucas Noldus, Noldus Information Technology Driver state estimation: from simulation to the real world
14:40-15:00 Wendie Uitterhoeve, MARIN Measuring behaviour in a manoeuvring simulator
15:00-15:20 Jorrit Kuipers, Green Dino Multi variable strategy reduces symptoms of simulator sickness