The Netherlands, Eindhoven, TU/e DESIS Lab

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Starts: 22 March, 2016
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Instructors: The Netherlands, Eindhoven, TU/e DESIS Lab
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Country: The Netherlands
City: Eindhoven
Coordinator: dr. Jun Hu /
Operational manager: dr. Mathias Funk /
Address: Laplace Building, Laplace 32, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (40) 247 8331

Hosting institution: Department of Industrial Design (ID), Technische Universiteit Eindhoven (TU/e), Laplace Building, Laplace 32, Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 (40) 2474522

Background and objectives

TU/e is a leading international university in engineering sciences. In 2001, TU/e started the department of Industrial Design. Based on discussions with industry, the department decided in 2001 to concentrate on the design of intelligent systems, products, and related services in a societal context, which addresses aspects such as adaptive behavior, context-awareness, and highly dynamic interaction. Students learn to integrate various areas into the design process, with emphasis on designs using new technology for people in the socio-cultural and business context, in the areas of health, energy and mobility.

At ID Research and education are strongly intertwined. Teaching activities include projects, assignments, modules, expert meetings, personal coaching, showcase and portfolio development and assessment, based on a competency-based education model. These competencies are for example integrating technology, user focus and perspective, social and culture awareness, form and senses, and business process design. We employ both university staff and design specialists from the professional field. The interaction with the professional world outside the department is therefore well supported.

TU/e DESIS Lab searches for new ways to design open social systems that connect people with and in physical / digital realities in the era of social computing. The lab does not only design and research open systems, next to educating students on this topic, it also functions itself as an open dynamic, action-centric system that crystallizes from chaos.

Primary research areas and activities

We explore the impact of Social networks, Internet, multimedia, and virtual reality on behavior and society, the impact of the bottom-up power and the much flattened structure of the social media on societal transformations, the impact of the social and systematic perspective of intelligent systems, products and related services on industrial design, and in turn, the possible impact of industrial design on these on-going societal and technical changes. The primary research areas are social computing, social interaction, linking between the virtual and the physical, the opportunity and challenge brought up by connecting the web of people and the internet of things, and the related cultural and societal issues. In the era of social networking and computing, the creation of intelligent systems, products, and related services in a social context are facing a number of technology supported social challenges.

All these challenges imply that research and design in creating intelligent systems, products and related services have to pay attention to the area of social computing as a platform for social interaction and innovation. Traditional new product design and development methods and tools to deal with these new challenges become insufficient when dealing with the shift towards service centric design, the power from the flattened and bottom-up social structure, and the complexity of the social system of people and things. We try to address and face these challenges in bachelor and master student projects, in PhD research projects and in international workshops and conferences. We organize events to bring people together to discuss, learn, debate, observe, make, demonstrate, evaluate and reflect.

List of projects and research

1. Sino-dutch design center for social and cultural computing (SDDC)
Funding: Science and Education New Town, Taicang; School of Digital Media, Jiangnan University; Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
SDDC is located in Taicang, Jiangsu, China, supported by SENT, based on the design expertise of SDM-JU and TU/e DESIS Lab, focusing on international research, education and industry in the areas of interactive digital public arts, experiential design landscapes, intelligent lighting, and social and cultural computing, aiming at a knowledge network and an innovation incubator.


2. Euphoria: a community-based social recipe system,
December 2012 – January 2016
Funding: EMJD-ICE, by European Commission.
A project aiming at designing towards a social system for the community that allows users to log and track their everyday food related behavior and redirect these, through social influence, towards more sustainable food related practices promoting sustainable lifestyles.

3. Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces
Funding: Supported by Out Of Control Theme, Department of Industrial Design, TU/e
The design challenge in this project is to find ways to design a physical locus of interaction, a specific, physical device that opens the ‘digital’ action possibilities of a city to the physical. While the context is the city, it is up to the designer focus the design challenge within that context.

4. Unconscious Signals – for Elderly Bonding and Care
December 2012 – January 2016,
Funding: EMJD-ICE, by European Commission.
We propose a technological solution as our intervention strategy to support the elderly population and maintain their independence. We envision a solution for improving social connectedness by connecting the elderly and their caregivers through unconcious or non-intrusive signals.


Prof. dr. Matthias Rauterberg is the head of the Designed Intelligence group at TU/e. He is a leading expert in HCI and entertainment computing. He is a nominated member of the ‘Cream of Science’ in the Netherlands (the 200 top-level Dutch researchers), and in addition among the 10 top-level scientist of the TU/e.

Prof.dr. Caroline Hummels is a full Professor within the Designing Quality in Interaction group and theme leader of Smart Environment within Health@TU/e, interested in aesthetics of interaction, ethics in design, tangible interaction and a variety of design methods and tools. In this project she is particularly interested in the perception of time in relation to the daily schedule and calendar, especially in situations in which the calendar seems to control the life of professionals. Aarnout Brombacher is dean of the department of Industrial Design. He has a background in Electrical Engineering and Engineering science, and he worked in industry for many years. He has extensive experience in industrial quality and reliability improvement projects and the development of quality and reliability analysis methods and tools. He is currently focusing on developing quality and reliability analysis methods and tools for designing disruptive innovative systems, products and related services.DESIS_CtN_2018 DESIS2018_TUe