Contact Max Mulder

Head department Control & Operations

Head section Control & Simulation 
Room: LB 0.31
Building: 62
Kluyverweg 1
2629 HS Delft,The Netherlands
T:  +31 (0)15 27 89471




My inaugural lecture... M. Mulder


I am full professor aerospace human-machine systems and head of the section Control and Simulation. My first goal is to lead our section to be the world’s best group in the domain of aerospace flight control automation and human-machine systems, attracting talented students, phd students and staff, and working with world-class facilities. In this role I strive to be a fair and approachable person to support the personal and academic development of all individuals that are part of our group. Leading the group by serving those who show commitment, integrity and dedication.

My second goal is to do research on the most challenging topics in the field of human-machine systems, those that, when solved, could have a major impact on how humans and automated systems work together to establish a 100% safe and sustainable air transport system. Examples in the field of cybernetics are our pioneering work in the field of modelling human visual-vestibular self-motion perception, manual control with preview and the mitigation of biodynamic feedthrough phenomena. Examples in the field of cognitive systems are our novel ecological interface designs for cockpits and air traffic control workstations, our work on context-aware adaptive automation and joint-cognitive systems for future air traffic management concepts.

If you are interested in working on these topics with me, let me know. Below you will find my publications, a selection of projects that I work on and also a list of students who obtained their PhD degree with me as part of the supervision team.

Research interests

Human-machine systems, visual and vestibular perception, neuromuscular dynamics, manual control cybernetics, haptic systems, system identification, cognitive systems engineering, ecological interfaces


Teacher of the Year 2014, faculty of Aerospace Engineering (here some of my thoughts on teaching)

  • AE2235-II Instrumentation and Signals
  • AE4304 Stochastic Aerospace Systems
  • AE4316 Aerospace Human-Machine Systems


1999 PhD (cum laude) Aerospace Engineering, Control and Simulation, TU Delft
1992 MSc Aerospace Engineering, Stability and Control, TU Delft

Selected projects

NWO/STW VIDI: Cybernetic Approach to Assess Flight Simulator Fidelity
SESAR WP-E – C-SHARE: Joint ATM Cognition through Shared Representations
SESAR WP-E – MUFASA: Multidimensional Framework for Advanced SESAR Automation
FP7 – ARISTOTLE: Aircraft and Rotorcraft Pilot Couplings – alleviation and detection
FP7 – ACROSS: Advanced Cockpit for Reduction Of Stress and Workload


PhD alumni (dd Feb 2015)

Frizo Vormer, David Abbink, Mark Mulder, Joost de Winter, Mung Lam, Herman Damveld, Clark Borst, Matthijs Amelink, Monique Heiligers, Xander in 't Veld, Peter Zaal, Frank Nieuwenhuizen, Daan Pool, Rita Valente Pais, Arjen de Leege, Bruno Correia-Gracio, Joost Ellerbroek, Stefan de Groot, Paul de Jong, Stijn van Dam, Mariam Rahman, Joost Venrooij, Liguo Sun

Curriculum Vitae

My CV can be obtained on request.

Personal life

Above all I enjoy being with and travelling with my family. My whole life I have been fascinated about mathematics, and I love listening to music, watching movies, reading books and watch/do sports. Some years ago I started playing the piano and finally learned how to sail a boat. What remains, is to learn Italian, and move South.

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