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A. Albayrak (Armagan), MSc

Assistant Professor
Applied Ergonomics & Design


Armaĝan Albayrak was born in Ankara, Turkey. In 1993, she finished her high school education in Izmir, Turkey. The same year she came to Holland and did her entrance examination for a study on Delft University of Technology.  In 1994, she started with her study Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. In 2002, she received her master degree at this faculty. The same year she started with her PhD-research titled “Ergonomics in the operating room: transition from open to image-based surgery”. Her PhD-research was in cooperation with the Erasmus Medical Centre (EMC) in Rotterdam. In the first two years of her PhD-research she was situated in EMC.
In 2004, she came back to the faculty Industrial Design to finish her PhD. Since July 2007, she has been employed as an Assistant Professor at the department Industrial Design, section Applied Ergonomics and Design. Her responsibilities include both research and teaching in the field of ergonomics, medisign, usage evaluation methodology and biomechanics.


  • 2002 - 2008               
    PhD-research, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands. Title: Ergonomics in the operating room: transition from open to image-based surgery
  • 1994 - 2002
    Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands
  • 1990 - 1993
    High School, Izmir, Turkey


  • July 2007-now          
    Assistant Professor at the department Industrial Design, section Applied Ergonomics and Design

Specialisation / field of research

  • The investigative designer
    The investigative designer in practice: combining usage research and designing, or, ways to exchange usage research data within design teams (e.g. designers, researchers, management, …)  in succeeding phases of the design process. Subtopics; focus on differences between professional user groups and consumers regarding process, communication and methodology.
  • Participatory design/co-creation methods (design models, usage behavior)
    The role of participatory design and different usage research methods when designing for professional user groups.

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  1. Usage evaluation in the Bachelor (Mens en Product, PO2 en PO4)
  2. Project Domestic Appliances in the Master Integrated Product Design
  3. Observational Research in the Master Design for Interaction
  4. Biomechanics
  5. Supervising students in research projects and degree candidates


Click here for an overview of my publications.

Involved in the research project(s):

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