CURRICULUM VITAE of Hans Godthelp

1971 M.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, Delft University of Technology
1971 TNO Institute for Road Vehicle Research
1972-1984 Human Factors engineer TNO Institute for Perception
1984 Ph.D., Delft University of Technology
1984-1992 Head Traffic Behaviour Research Group
1992-1996 Head Department of Skilled Behaviour
1992-1998 Parttime Professor in traffic safety at University of Groningen
1996-2005 Deputy director TNO Human Factors Research Institute
2005-2009 Chief Scientist TNO Defense, Safety and Security, BU Human Factors
2009-2011 Senior advisor TNO Traffic Research, (part-time 20%)
As of 2010 Partner Road safety for all
As of 2012 Member Organizing Committee of Delft Road Safety Courses

Research areas                                  

Safety and security analysis in transport, traffic safety, driver control strategy in steering and car following, driver support systems, self-explaining road.

Research and work experience

Hans Godthelp started his career as a researcher in the TNO Traffic Behaviour Research Department. Later on he became Head of department of this multi-disciplinary group, which combines technical, social and psychological expertise. As a Professor in traffic science at the University of Groningen he was one of the initiators of the EU-GIDS project, in which he developed an early vision on the potential role of intelligent transport and driver support systems in road traffic. As a researcher he developed the Self Explaining Road concept, which serves as an important element of the international Safe Systems approach. His Ph. D. work resulted in the  Time-to-Line-Crossing method, which quantifies the visual attention needed when controlling a vehicle. In a cooperative program with the Dutch Department of Defence and the German Army he designed test procedures for the evaluation of military vehicles.

As Deputy-director and Chief scientist of the TNO Human Factors research institute his managerial focus was on the human systems approach, i.e. integrating human engineering knowledge in research and development programmes, both in industry and in cooperation with governmental departments and universities.

In the period  2000 – 2009  he also served as a member and chairman of the Board of Scientific Advisors of the SWOV Institute for Road Safety Research,  

Since his retirement in 2010, he serves as Partner at Road safety for all with a focus on the development of road safety research and educational programmes in low and middle income countries.