I am an interaction designer and human-centred researcher. My primary interest is how technology can be designed to work for and with people.
I obtained a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology, with a focus on interaction design. At the same university, I completed a Master in Human-Technology Interaction with a thesis that focused on social connectedness and the psychological influence of mediated heartbeat signals. In 2013, I started a joint doctoral degree in the Materialising Memories program at UTS and Eindhoven which was completed in 2018. My thesis was titled ‘Bringing Up The Past: Design for Serendipitous Reminiscing’ and investigated how people use and display personal media such as photos. My recent work continues the interest in how interactive products and media influence and benefit reminiscing in everyday life. In the past years, I have also been involved in research that explores how augmented reality can improve professional practice for technical workers out in the field. Currently, I'm working on interaction design challenges around clean energy communities, a trend that brings energy generation, storage, and consumption closer together and in the hands of more people (who thus may have a need for better tools to manage this change).
I have taught on interaction design, human-centered research methods, and design thinking. My role as a lecturer in the Design Next program involves developing design-oriented teaching and research across schools and faculties.