Cyriel Diels

Dr, MSc (Psychology)

  • 92 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Personal profile

Research Interests

Motion sickness ; Human-machine interaction ; Usability and user experience ; Driving simulation technology ; Transportation and automotive human factors


Dr. Cyriel Diels has a background in Psychology and Human Factors. Following his degree in experimental psychology at Utrecht University, his doctoral studies investigated self-motion perception and negative side effects associated with simulated and virtual environments at Loughborough University. Since then, he has worked in the field of driver behaviour and performance at the Transport Research Laboratory for a range of clients including Department for Transport, Highways Agency, European Commission, and various commercial organisations. Since 2009, he has been acting as the UK representative and chair of the national shadow committee of ISO Working Group 8 on in-vehicle Human Machine Interfaces. Following on from this he joined Jaguar Land Rover where he worked as a Human Factors specialist within advanced product development and research. In 2012, he started his current position as senior lecturer in Human Factors at the Industrial Design department with a particular focus on automotive and transport design.

Vision Statement

“I fight for the users” – Tron

An understanding of the physical, cognitive and affective aspects of our interactions with the man-made world is essential for the design of safe, useful, usable, and increasingly, desirable yet sustainable systems and products. Radical changes are taking place in the automotive and transportation industry. Alternative powertrains, lightweight vehicles, automation, novel interface concepts, intermodal transport, the connected car, the digital native and an ageing population are among the key trends that challenge the status quo and raise new and exciting Human Factors questions.


  • BF Psychology
  • Human Factors
  • Automotive
  • Design

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Research Output 2007 2018

1 Citations

Looking forward: In-vehicle auxiliary display positioning affects carsickness

Diels, C., Kuiper, O. & Bos, J. Apr 2018 In : Applied Ergonomics. 68, 16 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Motion Sickness
Display devices

Designing for Comfort in Shared and Automated Vehicles (SAV): a Conceptual Framework

Diels, C., Erol, T., Kukova, M., Wasser, J., Cieslak, M. P., Payre, W., Miglani, A., Mansfield, N., Hodder, S. & Bos, J. 6 Jun 2017 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Travel time
1 Citations

Human-Machine Interface Design Development for Connected and Cooperative Vehicle Features

Payre, W. & Diels, C. 24 Jun 2017 p. 415-422 8 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Emergency vehicles
Telecommunication traffic

Do we really know which vehicle attributes are important for customers?

Kukova, M., Diels, C., Jordan, P., Franco-Jorge, M., Anderson, J. & Kharouf, H. 2016 p. 428-436

Research output: Research - peer-reviewPaper

Relative importance
Purchase decision

Activities 2013 2016

  • 6 Participation in conference

AutoSens: The Automotive Sensor and Perception Conference

Diels, C. (Invited Speaker)
22 Sep 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

CAR HMi concepts and systems 2015

Diels, C. (Speaker)
20 Jun 201621 Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference


Diels, C. (Speaker)
17 May 201618 May 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

Driverless Technology Conference and Exhibition (DTCE)

Diels, C. (Speaker)
23 Dec 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Driverless Technology Conference and Exhibition

Diels, C. (Speaker)
2 Nov 20153 Nov 2015

Activity: Participation in conference