Work package 4

The application of physiological measuring instruments using wearables

Physiological measurements, such as heart rate, and models of e.g. sleep quality, emotional state, and stress, can contribute to understanding and possibly predicting problem behavior. The future of these methods lies in the design of user-friendly wearables, and advanced analysis techniques.

Even in the House of Representatives the use of wearables is discussed: the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport indicates that they aim for self-measurement in 75% of chronic patients within 5 years. Our aim is for individuals with strong problematic behavior to gain insight into when their behavior threatens to become problematic.

In this work package of the Startimpulse project, we focus on developing adequate models for physiological measurements and data analysis methods to predict problem behavior. In cooperation with the other work packages, we collect data relating to anti-social behavior and other social relationships. The usability of various wearables is increased by setting up an ICT platform that can be used by several parties for follow-up research.

This research is carried out under the supervision of TNO in collaboration with universities, applied univerisities and other partners such as the Ministry of Justice and Safety and ICT for Body, Brain and Behavior.

Affiliated researchers

Prof. Dr. Jan van Erp (TNO/UT)

Dr. Anne-Marie Brouwer (TNO)

Prof. Dr. Eco de Geus (Free University)

Dr. Mandy Tjew-A-Sin (Free University)

Dr. Mannes Poel (Twente University)

Dr. Marc Teunis (Utrecht Applied University)

Dr. Nattapong Thamassan (Twente University)

An additional research project with different funding is associated with this work package (Prof. Dr. Eus van Someren (NIN))  

The list of affiliated researchers and societal partners is ever expanding. Are you involved in this Startimpulse work package, but not yet on the list? Please send an e-mail to