Team

People

Meet our researchers and designers!

Core team

Dr. ir. Rens Brankaert

Dr. ir. Rens Brankaert


Co-initiator of the ECDT

Dr. ir. Rens Brankaert is Assistant Professor Active & Healthy Ageing within the Systemic Change research group at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and Lector at Fontys School of Allied Health. He works on design for people with dementia by applying participatory methods and living labs. In this work, he aimed to build a bridge between a design-based approach and current healthcare practices with a specific focus on dementia.

Publications

Prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn

Prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn


Co-initiator of the ECDT

Prof.dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn has a background in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuropsychology. He obtained his PhD in 2004 on the topic of telepresence. Since 2012, he is full professor of Cognition and Affect in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He has an active research program on the impact of media technology on human psychology, and the use of psychology to improve technology design.


Publications

Ir. Ans Tummers

Ir. Ans Tummers


Research & Support /
PhD Candidate

Ans Tummers has a rich history in administrative work in relation to dementia and the public domain. She is a board member of Alzheimer Forschung Initiative Dusseldorf, and former member of controlling board of “internationale stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek”. Currently she is a PhD Candidate at Human and Technology Interaction, on mediated touch for people with dementia.




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Dr. Maarten Houben

Dr. Maarten Houben

Assistant Professor Industrial Design

Maarten Houben is a Postdoc at the Eindhoven University of Technology at the Department of Industrial Design. His PhD research focused on the beneficial effects of everyday sounds and soundscapes in technologies for dementia. Maarten holds a master’s degree in engineering sciences: architecture and gained research experience in interactive media architecture at the Research[x]Design group at KU Leuven. He is interested in designing and researching ambient multisensory technologies for vulnerable user groups.

Publications

Karlijn van Rijen MSc.

Karlijn van Rijen MSc.

Project manager & PhD Candidate Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology

 Karlijn van Rijen MSc. is a graduated design researcher with master’s degrees in Industrial Design and Human-Technology Interaction. On behalf of Luckt B.V., she works for the ECDT as project manager. Next to this, she is pursuing a PhD on the implementation gap in the development of assistive technology for elderly.


Renata Vis

Renata Vis

Secretary

Since October 2017, Renata has been working as management/office assistent IE&IS for the Human-Technology & Interaction research group. Since 2021 she has also been supporting the ECDT as office assistant.



Dana Starmans

Dana Starmans

Student Assistant

Dana Starmans has been the student assistant at ECDT since November 2022. She is currently working on her final Bachelor project Industrial Design at the TU/e. For this project, she is designing a group activity for older adults to improve their quality of life, in collaboration with the community center Ontmoet & Groet.


Research team

Dr. Giulia Perugia

Dr. Giulia Perugia


Assistant Professor in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology


Dr. Giulia Perugia is an expert in the field of ethical and inclusive Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Social Psychology. For the ECDT, she is interested in exploring how we can promote the co-design of AI for people with dementia, ensuring that these technologies are ethical and safe, and utilizing these technologies to engage marginalized individuals with dementia.







Dr. Minha Lee

Dr. Minha Lee


Assistant professor Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology



Dr. Minha Lee completed her Ph.D. on the topic of interactional morality (Eindhoven University of Technology – TU/e ), has an M.Sc. in Information Science (University of Amsterdam), a B.F.A. in digital arts (Pratt Institute), and a B.A. in philosophy (University of Minnesota – Twin Cities). She is an assistant professor since 2020 at the department of Industrial Design at TU/e. Her active area of research is on conversational user interfaces, moral emotions like compassion or gratitude, and if technology can be incorporated to explore our socio-moral growth.

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Dr. Linghan Zhang

Dr. Linghan Zhang

Assistant Professor in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology

With an educational background in computer science and research experiences in mobile and wearable sensing/computing, she leverages sensors, sensory data processing and modeling, data fusion and AI to enable personalized and accurate human-computer interactions. Precisely, her research interests lie in mobile/wearable sensing, affective computing, and assistive technology.







Sanne Beijer MSc.

Sanne Beijer MSc.


PhD Candidate Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology

Sanne Beijer has a background in Industrial Design and obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eindhoven University of Technology. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in Industrial Design, focusing her project on studying the implementation gap that arises after the introduction of technologies in dementia care.

Rucha Khot MSc.

Rucha Khot MSc.


PhD Candidate Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology

Rucha Khot is a designer and an engineer. She holds an MSc. in Integrated Product Design (specialization Medisign) from TU Delft and a B.E in Electronics Engineering from Mumbai University. Currently, she is a PhD candidate researching on interactive agents and responsible engineering practices for dementia care using Warm Technology.

Yvon Ruitenburg MSc.

Yvon Ruitenburg MSc.

PhD Candidate Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology

Yvon Ruitenburg has a background in Industrial Design and obtained her bachelor and master’s degree at Delft University of Technology. Currently, she is a PhD Candidate at Industrial design, with her project focussing on improving the communication for people with dementia.

Alicia Valencia MSc.

Alicia Valencia MSc.

PhD Candidate Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology

Alicia Valencia is an object designer and researcher specializing in age-friendly healthcare environments. She received an MDes from Harvard Graduate School of Design and an MSc in Human-Environment Relations from Cornell University. She also holds an ScB in Psychology from Brown University and a BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. As a PhD candidate, Alicia currently contributes to the HOMEDEM Project – investigating warm technology opportunities and home experiences for people with dementia. 

Teis Arets MSc.

Teis Arets MSc.


PhD Candidate Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology

Teis Arets has a background in Human-Technology Intraction and obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eindhoven University of Technology. Currently, he is a doctoral candidate at the Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group of Eindhoven University of Technology. He joined the QoLEAD project and investigates how AI can enrich social contacts for a better quality of life for people living with dementia.




Fan Wang MSc.

Fan Wang MSc.


PhD Candidate Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology

Fan Wang has a background in Industrial Design and obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Peking University and Northwestern Polytechnical University separately. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the Human-Technology Interaction (HTI) group, focusing on deception issues in human-robot interaction for people with dementia.







Associated researchers and designers

Prof. Dr. Ir. Berry Eggen

Prof. Dr. Ir. Berry Eggen

Full Professor of Design for User Experience in Ambient Intelligent Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Ir. Emilia Barakova

Dr. Ir. Emilia Barakova

Assistant Professor of Socially Intelligent Systems at Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Helianthe Kort

Prof. Dr. Helianthe Kort

Full Professor Built Environment, Building Performance at Eindhoven University of Technology

Prof. Dr. Ir. Masi Mohammadi

Prof. Dr. Ir. Masi Mohammadi

Full Professor Built Environment, Smart Architectural Technologies at Eindhoven University of Technology

Ir. Myrte Thoolen

Ir. Myrte Thoolen

PhD student Industrial Design, Systemic Change at Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Yuan Lu

Dr. Yuan Lu

Associate Professor of Design for Healthy and Active Ageing at Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Jun Hu MEng, EngD.

Dr. Jun Hu MEng, EngD.

Associate Professor of Social Computing, Systemic Change and EAISI Health at Eindhoven University of Technology

Dr. Francesca Toso

Dr. Francesca Toso

Assistant Professor in Stakeholder engagement and Co-Design at the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the University of Twente