Prof. Dr. Peter Vink – TU Delft

Prof. Dr. Peter Vink

TU Delft


A product can never be comfortable by itself.

Comfort is experienced in the interaction between the product and the human. It is also dependent on the context. A bed can be comfortable for sleep, but for using the smart phone it is not comfortable. This means that the design of a car interior should take the context and the user into account.  In this presentation new technologies are shown and their meaning for a comfortable car interior is explained.

Topics to be discussed are:

  • The construct of comfort
  • Principles in soft robotics
  • From 3D scans to seat design
  • The importance of posture variation and in car technologies to support this


Prof Dr Peter Vink is professor at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the TU-Delft. Since 2015 he is head of the department Design Engineering at this faculty. He did write more than 250 papers and books in the field of comfort, performance and design of interiors. His latest book is ‘vehicle seat comfort and design’ (Pumbo, 2016), which is a follow up of ‘aircraft interior comfort and design’ co-authored by Klaus Brauer, one of the leading designers of the Boeing 787 interior (CRC Press, Boca Raton, 2011). Peter Vink received his Masters’ degree at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam at the faculty of Human Movement Sciences and he received his PhD degree in 1989 at the Medical Faculty of the University of Leiden in the field of biomechanics. He is in the editorial board of scientific journals (e.g. Applied Ergonomics), chairing the jury of the Crystal Cabin Award (the most prestigious prize in aircraft interiors) and won the Hal W Hendrick Award in 2011, which is  for a non-U.S. citizen who has made outstanding contributions to the human factors/ergonomics field.

The current research projects

 His most recent research project concerns the design of the interior of the Flying V aircraft ( Peter Vink is also involved in car interior design in a project with BMW (currently 3 PhD students), in designing and studying aircraft seats (2 PhD students). Also, August 1st the 3-year project ComfDemo will start, a Horizon2020 project of 1.2 MEur, coordinated  by Peter Vink, in which a jacket is developed with sensors recording CO2, temperature, vibration, pressure, posture, sound, number of movements etc. Additionally projects with KLM, Embraer, Ipeco, Octaspring and Airbus are running, in which master and PhD students are involved.   

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