Personal information

Bart Piet Knijnenburg

Email: (personal) (academic)

Current position

Human-Centered Computing (Assistant Professor, tenure track)

School of Computing, College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University


Informatics (PhD)

September 2010 – July 2015

Donald Bren School of Informatics and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine, CA, USA

Advisor: Alfred Kobsa

Dissertation: “A user-tailored approach to privacy decision support”, can be found at

Human-Technology Interaction (MSc)

September 2007 – June 2009 (graduated with top honors)

Department of Technology Management, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Thesis: “Adaptive Advice”, can be found at

Human-Computer Interaction (MHI)

September 2006 – 2007 (graduated with a GPA of 3.96)

School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Final project: “Fiesta: A Social Event Planning System for Google”, can be found at

Innovation Sciences (BSc)

September 2002 – 2005 (graduated with top honors)

Faculty of Technology Management, TU/e, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Final project: “Cognitive Modeling Tools for User Interface Design”


Journal articles


Kobsa, A., Cho, H., Knijnenburg, B.P.: The Effect of Personalization Provider Characteristics on Privacy Attitudes and Behaviors: An Elaboration Likelihood Model Approach. Paper accepted to the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST), download here.

Book chapters

Full conference papers

Previous work experience

Teaching associate at UC Irvine

January 2014 - March 2014

Job description: Developed a new syllabus and project assignments for the Information and Computer Sciences course “ICS4: Human Factors for the Web”. The course featured a main project that introduced students to human-computer interaction, market research methods, user-centered product design, and prototyping. In 10 weeks, students were challenged to design an interface that enables users perform an existing task (e.g. signing up for classes) in a radically new way.

Internship project for Samsung Information Systems America

June 2012 – December 2012 and July 2013 – September 2013

Job description: Development and execution of several research projects on adaptive privacy decision support. One track involved developing a thorough understanding of users‘ decision making processes in location sharing services, and developing an adaptive procedure to support such decisions. The other track involved a series of studies on the dimensionality and context-dependence of online information disclosure. Patent applications on both tracks are in progress. The original three-month summer internship was so succesful that it was extended for another three months during the academic year, and renewed during the next summer. In 2014, I co-advised Samsung interns as a remote consultant.

Several teaching assistantships at UC Irvine

September 2011 - June 2012

Courses: User Interaction Software for Don Patterson (grading assignments, leading practicums, teaching several lectures), Human-Computer Interaction for Alfred Kobsa (grading assignments and final), Senior Design Project for Hadar Ziv and Judith Olson (grading assignments, project coaching, teaching several lectures).

Internship project for Ericsson

June 2011 – September 2011

Job description: Development and execution of a research project investigating different justification messages for empowering users to make better decisions about disclosing privacy-sensitive information in the context of a mobile app recommender system. Conducting an online experiment with a simple prototype of the system and semi-structured interviews with a paper-based prototype.

Researcher and Teacher at TU/e

June 2009 – September 2010

Job description: Field trial coordinator for the MyMedia FP7 project on multimedia recommender systems. Co-teacher of the “Thinking and Deciding” Bachelor-level course. Coach of two “Design Track A” student projects.

Interaction Designer at Aduna

December 2007 – June 2009 (2 days/week)

Job description: Incrementally designing new interaction techniques for AutoFocus, Aduna Enterprise Search and Intella (digital investigation), using short prototype design cycles alternated with user feedback from concept validation and think aloud tests. Interaction design consultancy projects for Aduna customers. Designing website and promotional materials.

Education Officer of Study Association “Intermate”

May 2005 – May 2006 (full-time)

Job description: Intermate is the Study Association of the BSc study “Innovation Sciences” and the MSc studies “Human Technology Interaction” and “Technology and Policy”. The Education Officer is responsible for the student input in the Faculty’s policy and everyday affairs.

Several teaching and research assistantships at TU/e

Totaling over 600 hours from September 2003 to June 2006

Courses: Pre-Master Research Methods (teaching SPSS), Social Psychology (research assistant), Cognition (developing new course material, yearly guest lecture about cognition and technology), Social Science Applications of Simulation Studies (creating simulations of social phenomena), Research Methods: Measurement (weekly instructions), Fundamentals of Physics (class demonstrations and intermediary tests).

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