Internship position: Comparing driver behavior in a driving simulator and a real-world vehicle

Noldus Information Technology develops professional software, systems and services for observational and behavioral research. Our products enable the collection, analysis, management, and presentation of behavioral, physiological, and acoustical data. Scientists, engineers, and practitioners use our products to study behavioral processes, automate measurements, improve the quality of their data, increase productivity, and make optimal use of human or animal resources. Applications are in biology, psychology, pharmacology, consumer behavior research, health, and human factors.
Noldus has been working on a system for measuring and analyzing driver behavior, called DriveLab. Data is extracted from multiple systems (for example, video of the driver, a driving simulator and an eye tracker), and is integrated in Noldus’ behavioral analysis software application, The Observer XT. Once it is in The Observer XT detailed (multimodal) analyses can be run.
For more info on DriveLab:


Duration: 5-6 months
Start: January 2017
Daily supervision: Tobias Heffelaar, project leader DriveLab, New Business Development
Other stakeholders: Marketing and Sales departments

The student can work in the Noldus office (Wageningen) and have access to a computer. He/she can use our corporate facilities like phone, e-mail, Internet access etc.

Goals and methods assignment

Main goal

Behavior of drivers in a virtual world can be translated into driving behavior in the real world. This makes driving simulators a valuable tool for behavioral research. However, the extent of that transfer varies.

Noldus wants to assess the level of transfer of driving behavior measured in the DriveLab simulator and a real car.

Sub goals: questions to be answered

  • To what extent is the overall behavior of the driver similar in both situations?
  • Are there scenario-related differences?
  • Are there technology related differences?


  • Conduct a simulator experiment.
  • Compare the overall outcome with experiment data acquired as part of the ADVICE project (
  • Link differences to driving scenarios and/or used technologies.
  • Report and publish the findings.

Intern profile

We are looking for:

  • Graduate student (college or university) with a technical major.
  • To have a relevant educational background, such as Human Factors or automotive.
  • Fluent in English speaking and writing.
  • To be capable of working independently.
  • To be able to conduct an experiment, and analyze and report the findings.
  • Knowledge of HCI, behavior analysis and/or product development is a plus; experience in any of these areas is a high recommendation.


Contact Noldus and ask for Tobias Heffelaar or email

Or use the `apply now´ button below.

Agency inquiries for this vacancy are not welcome