dr. Bram B. Van Acker

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

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Behavioral change for sustainability

Wearable mental workload measurement

Technology acceptability

Human-cobot interaction


Bram Van Acker started as a junior researcher at mict 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 imec-project LoRem4.0 exploring the validity of physiological mental workload measures in industrial assembly contexts and how such measures can help in remediating mental workload. Between 2016 and 2019, Bram also worked on the Flanders Make project ‘Yves’ scrutinizing human-robot interaction and wearable mental workload parameters such as pupillometry, also in assembly settings.

In November, 2020, Bram completed his interdisciplinary PhD in Industrial Design and in Psychology on the topic of mental workload monitoring in the manufacturing industry, promoted by Prof. dr. ing. Jelle Saldien and Prof. dr. Peter Vlerick (Department of Work, Organisation and Society). This PhD project presented an applicable conceptualisation of mental workload, explored the external validity of mobile pupillometry, designed and validated a novel behavioral video coding measure and scrutinized the user acceptability of wearable mental workload monitoring.

Since November, 2020, Bram is working on the Flux50 ICON ‘Digital Twins for Upscaled Retrofits’ (DITUR). In this project, mict will investigate end-user attitudes (and end-user profiles) toward the renovation of their houses, to then design tailored behavioral change strategies fostering renovation.