Bram B. Van Acker

Junior researcher at the research group for Media, Innovation and Communication Technologies, Department of Industrial Systems Engineering and Product Design, Ghent University.


Wearable cognitive load measurement

Human-cobot interaction


Bram Van Acker started as a junior researcher at imec-mict-UGent in December 2018. He graduated as a bachelor in Communications Management (Howest University College, 2009), as a bachelor in Industrial Psychology and Personnel Management (Ghent University, 2012), as a Master in World Religions, Inter-Religious Dialogue and Religious Studies (KU Leuven, 2013) and as a Master in Social Psychology (Tilburg University, 2014).

He joined mict on the project LoRem4.0 exploring the validity of physiological cognitive load measures in industrial assembly contexts and how such measures can help in remediating cognitive load. Since 2016, Bram also works on the Flanders Make project ‘Yves’ scrutinizing human-robot interaction and wearable cognitive load parameters such as pupillometry, also in assembly settings.

Since February 2016, Bram is working on an interdisciplinary PhD in Industrial Design and in Psychology on the topic of wearable cognitive load measurement in the Flanders manufacturing industry and promoted by Prof. dr. Jelle Saldien and Prof. Dr. Peter Vlerick (Department of Personnel Management, Work and Organizational Psychology). The research questions of this PhD project are centered around the theoretical understanding of work-related cognitive load, the external validity of physiological measures and the user acceptability of wearable cognitive load measurement.