(F.M.T.) Frances Brazier

Frances Brazier is a full professor in Engineering Systems Foundations at the Delft University of Technology, as of September 2009, before which she chaired the Intelligent Interactive Distributed Systems Group for 10 years within the Department of Computer Science at the VU University Amsterdam.

Blazier holds a MSc in Mathematics and a doctorate in Cognitive Ergonomics from the VU Amsterdam.

Frances Brazier Career

  • Parallel to her academic career she co-founded the first ISP in the Netherlands: NLnet and later NLnet Labs.
  • Prof. Frances Brazier is involved with research on new design paradigms in today’s networked society. She heads the Participatory Systems research program. Here she leads research on socio-technical ecological systems that enable and support participation in today’s changing organizations and society. The leading design principles are: design for (I) trust, (II) autonomy and (III) human-system interaction.
  • She is currently a board member of the NLnetLabs Foundation.
  • She has over 200 refereed papers, has served on many programme committees, and is currently a member of 3 editorial boards- Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design, Analysis and Manufacturing (Cambridge University Press), the Requirements Engineering Journal (Springer), and Birkenhauser’s Autonomic Computing series.


  • 1975 – 1991 VU University Amsterdam, PhD in Computer Interaction
  • VU University Amsterdam, MSc, Computer Science

Work Experience

  • 2009 Delft University of Technology, full professor in Systems Engineering
  • 1999 – 2009 Stichting NLnet, Research Director
  • 1991 – 2009 VU University Amsterdam, Full Professor Computer Science

Links to projects and researches

Research Group :

Engineering Systems Foundations

Specialisatie :

Socio-Technical Systems

TU Delft

 Gebouw 31 Jaffalaan 5
       2628 BX Delft