Marijn Martens

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Communication Sciences, Ghent University.

Marijn Martens 

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Digital technologies
Education & technology
Privacy & cybersecurity


Marijn Martens started as a junior researcher at imec-mict-UGent in August 2017. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education: Physics – Mathematics (Artevelde University College, 2015) and a master’s degree in communicational sciences with a specialization in New Media and Society (Ghent University, 2017). 

He joined imec-mict-UGent on the interdisciplinary BCC-project (Belgian Cost of Cybercrime). Together with four partner research centers, the BCC-project tried to give a thorough insight in the costs connected to cybercrime for industry, government and society. Thereafter, Marijn worked on projects with the new smartphone logging-tool, MobileDNA, which measures someone’s smartphone usage.

From October 2018 onwards, Marijn works on his FWO-funded PhD track (2018- 2022) concerning the social implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), promoted by Prof. dr. Lieven De Marez, dr. Ralf De Wolf and Prof. dr. Bettina Berendt (Department Computer Sciences, KU Leuven).

He investigates the (dis)trust of people towards AI Decision Support Systems. The project adopts a critical & interpretative mixed method research design, consisting of expert interviews, content analysis, focus groups, surveys and qualitative in-depth interviews.