Prof. Dr. Romain Martin

Romain Martin


Forschungsthemen Cognitive abilities, Large-scale studies, Educational measurement, Cognitive neuroscience, Computer-assisted testing
Fakultät oder Zentrum Fakultät für Sprachwissenschaften und Literatur, Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst und Erziehungswissenschaften
Forschungseinheit LUCET
Postadresse Université du Luxembourg
Maison du Savoir
2, Avenue de l'Université
L-4365 Esch-sur-Alzette
Büroadresse MSA, E17 1725-020
Telefon (+352) 46 66 44 9369
Fax (+352) 46 66 44 39369

Romain Martin is Professor of Psychology and Empirical Educational Research at the University of Luxembourg and Head of the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET). He was trained as a primary school teacher and as a psychologist. He obtained his PhD in Differential and Educational Psychology from the University of Nancy in France in 1998. He is currently responsible for numerous research projects developing new computer-aides assessment tools for the field of education and has published many papers in the field of educational measurement and applied cognitive science. He is also actively involved in projects seeking to introduce computer-based assessment in school monitoring and large-scale assessment programs such as PISA.

Member of the following Research Area Groups:

  • Educational Technology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • School Monitoring and Large Scale Studies 

Last updated on: Dienstag, den 01. Dezember 2015

Current Projects:

  • Cognitive and Linguistic Development of Portuguese Children Growing Up in Luxembourg – DEVPOLUX (FNR, project leader)
  • Assessment of Students' General Cognitive Ability with Computer-Based Complex Problem Simulations – COGSIM (FNR, project member)
  • The relation between numerical and visuo-spatial processes studied by neuro-imaging and behavioral testing (University of Luxembourg, project leader)

Former Projects:

  • The impact of socio-cognitive childhood characteristics on private and professional outcomes in later life: a follow-up over 40 years based on the Luxembourgish MAGRIP study from 1968 (FNR, project leader)
  • A quality control system for assessment processes by means of a collaborative internet-based assessment platform (scientific responsible, FNR)
  • CASCADE: Computer-Assisted Competencies Assessment and Dynamic Evaluation (project leader, University of Luxembourg)
  • CAMPUS: Computer-Assisted Mathematical Problem Understanding and Solving (project leader, University of Luxembourg)
  • TAO: A generic platform for internet-based collaborative computer-assisted testing (project leader, University of Luxembourg)
  • Attentional processes, visuo-spatial working memory and development of numerical representations: a neuropsychological approach (project leader, University of Luxembourg)
  • The role of symbolical mathematical abstraction in the development of scientific thinking (project leader, University of Luxembourg)
  • The place of school in the Luxembourg society of tomorrow (project leader, FNR)
  • Socrates project « Network for multilingualism : exploiting at school the diversity of european contexts (project member, European Union

Last updated on: 01 Jul 2014

  • Dr. Sylvie Kerger (in cooperation with University of Nancy 2): Le rôle du sexe dans les intérêts et choix scolaires pour les branches scientifiques et techniques (finished 2005)
    • Main PhD related publication: Kerger, S., Martin, R., & Brunner, M. (2011). How can we enhance girls' interest in scientific topics? The British Journal of Educational Psychology, 81(Pt 4), 606-28.
  • Dr. Caroline Hornung (University of Luxembourg): Working memory, number sense and early mathematics in 5-to-7-year old children: Assessment, connections and development of assistance measures (finished 2010)
    • Main PhD related publication: Hornung, C., Brunner, M., Reuter, R. A. P., & Martin, R. (2011). Children's working memory: Its structure and relationship to fluid intelligence. Intelligence, 39, 210-221.
  • Dr. Monique Reichert (University of Luxembourg): The C-test and its validation in a multilingual and international context (finished 2011)
    • Main PhD related publication: Reichert, M., Keller, U., & Martin R. (2010). The C-Test, the TCF and the CEFR: A validation study. In R. Grotjahn (Ed.). The C-Test: Contributions from Current Research (pp. 205-232). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
  • Dr. Alexandre Baudet (University of Luxembourg): Develop and validate a vocational competency assessment model and his adaptive tool (AFR funded, finished 2012)
    • Main PhD related publication: Baudet, A., Gronier, G., Latour, T., & Martin, R. (2013). L'auto-évaluation des compétences assistée par ordinateur: validation d'un outil de gestion des carrières. In M.E. Bobillier Chaumon, M. Dubois M., J. Vacherand-Revel, P. Sarnin, & R. Kouabenan (Eds.) La gestion des parcours professionnels en psychologie du travail. Paris: L’Harmattan.
  • Dr. Magda Chmiel (University of Luxembourg): The Impact of Childhood Intelligence on Subjecitve Well-Being in Adulthood (AFR funded, finished 2013)
    • Main PhD related publication: Chmiel, M., Brunner, M., Keller, U., Schalke, D., Wrulich, M., & Martin, R. (2012). Does childhood general cognitive ability at age 12 predict subjective well-being at age 52? Journal of Research In Personality, 46(5), 627-631.
  • Dr. Marius Wrulich (University of Luxembourg): The Relationship between Intelligence and Health in Luxembourg (AFR funded, finished 2013)
    • Main PhD related publication: Wrulich, M., Brunner, M., Stadler, G., Schalke, D., Keller, U., Chmiel, M., & Martin, R. (2013). Childhood intelligence and adult health: The mediating roles of education and socioeconomic status. Intelligence, 41(5), 490 - 500.
  • Dr. Katja Weinerth (University of Luxembourg): How does usability improve computer-based knowledge assessment? (finished 2015)
    • Main PhD related publication: Weinerth, K., Koenig, V., Brunner, M., & Martin, R. (2014). Concept maps: A useful and usable tool for computer-based knowledge assessment? A literature review with a focus on usability. Computers & Education, 78, 201–209.

Last updated on: 06 Nov 2015

Academic Qualifications:

  • 1990: Certificate of Pedagogical Studies ISERP (Luxembourg)
  • 1991: Licence of Psychology Université Nancy 2 (France)
  • 1992: Maîtrise of Psychology Université Nancy 2 (France)
  • 1993: D.E.A. of Psychology Université Nancy 2 (France)
  • 1998: State psychologist (Luxembourg)
  • 1998: PhD in Differential and Educational Psychology: Université Nancy 2 (France)

Professional Experience:

  • Since October 2003: Professor of Psychology and Educational Science at the University of Luxembourg; responsible professor of the EMACS research unit (Educational Measurement and Applied Cognitive Science)
  • Since 2000: founder and responsible researcher of the EMACS research unit (Educational Measurement and Applied Cognitive Science) of the ISERP which has been integrated in 2003 in the University of Luxembourg
  • 2000-2003: member of the directing committee of the ISERP in charge of the development and coordination of research activities and the definition of research directions
  • 1996 - 2003: Researcher and teacher in psychology and educational science at the Institut Supérieur d'Études et de Recherches Pédagogiques (Walferdange, Luxembourg)
  • since 1994: associated teacher at University Nancy 2: (main topics: psychological and educational measurement, technology-based assessment, new technologies of information and communication in an educational context)
  • 1992-1996: Researcher in social sciences at the Centre d'Etudes de Populations, de Pauvreté et de Politiques Socio-Economiques (CEPS/INSTEAD) in Walferdange (Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg), division « Formation /Education /Emploi » (FEE)


  • 1995-1996: external expert for European  Commission (DG XXII, DG V):
  • National expertise for PETRA and FORCE program (Luxembourg).
  • Expertise and selection of the LEONARDO da VINCI projects (National and European levels).
  • Expert of the Luxembourgish Ministry of National Education for methodological questions in the context of PISA 2000/2003/2006/2009
  • Expert of the French Ministry of National Education for questions of educational measurement
  • Reviewer of different international journals of differential, applied and cognitive psychology
  • Member of the scientific committee and the organisation committee of different psychological/educational conferences
  • Member of the editorial committee charged to design the research programme “Living tomorrow in Luxembourg” of the Luxembourgish National Science Foundation (Fonds National de la Recherche)
  • Member of the faculty council of the Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (LSHASE – University of Luxembourg)
  • Member of the problem solving expert group for PISA 2012

Last updated on: 16 Sep 2014

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