I am a PhD candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology at the department of Industrial Design, and researcher at TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University. 

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With a background in architectural engineering, I am interested in designing ambient technologies and interactive spaces, that have a meaningful impact on vulnerable user groups. My PhD research focuses on investigating the potential of everyday sounds and soundscapes in design of everyday technologies for people with dementia. I adopt a design research approach for introducing and evaluating novel design interventions in everyday care routines and real-life care environments, by involving the perspectives of key stakeholders such as residents in care facilities, their relatives and care practitioners.
TOP Publications
The Role of Everyday Sounds in Advanced Dementia Care
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen
In Proceedings of the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20)
🏆 Best Paper AwardDOI | PDF | Video

Foregrounding Everyday Sounds in Dementia
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen
In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '19)
🏆 Best Paper Award | DOI | PDF | Video

The Perspectives of Professional Caregivers on Implementing Audio-Based Technology in Residential Dementia Care
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Gail Kenning, Berry Eggen, and Inge Bongers  
In International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2020, 17, 6333. (IJERPH)
Exploring Everyday Sounds in Dementia: Practical Guidelines for Interactive Workshops 
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen
In HCI and Design in the Context of Dementia. 2020. Human–Computer Interaction Series. Springer. 

The Meaningful Integration of Interactive Media in Architecture
Maarten Houben, Benjamin Denef, Matthias Mattelaer, Sandy Claes, and Andrew Vande Moere
In Companion Publication of the 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17)
DOI | PDF | Video

For full list, see Publications or Google Scholar​​​​​​​
Work Experience & education
PhD Candidate (2018 - Current)
Department of Industrial Design, 
Eindhoven University of Technology
Guest Researcher (2018 - Current )
TRANZO Center for Care and Wellbeing, 
Tilburg University
Research Assistant (2017 - '18)
Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
Research Internship (2016)
Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
M.Sc. Engineering: Architecture (2015 - '17)
Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven
B.Sc. Engineering: Architecture (2012 - '15)
Faculty of Engineering Science, KU Leuven
Best Paper Award CHI'20 (top 1%) | LINK
2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.
Best Paper Award DIS'19 (top 1%) | LINK
2019 ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, San Diego, California.
Media Architecture Award 2018 LINK 
in category 'Animated Architecture' 
at the Media Architecture Biennale '18, Beijing.
Nomination Belgian Building Awards 2018 | LINK
in category 'Art Integration', Batibouw, Brussels.
BESIX Master's Thesis Award 2017 | LINK
of the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven.
Research projects
Everyday Sounds of Dementia: A ZonMW Create Health Project (2018 - 2021)  | Website
Eindhoven University of Technology - Tilburg University - Slimmer Leven - Archipel

Sounds Like Home - CLICKNL Fieldlab Sense Of Home (2021)
Eindhoven University of Technology - Fontys - Qwiek - Vitalis 

MUURmelaar: an Interactive Facade with Architectural Value (2016 - 2018)  | Website
Research[x]Design - KU Leuven - DMOA

Citizen Dialogue Kit: A toolkit for smart cities, citizen science and open data (2017 - 2018) | Website
OrganiCity - Research[x]Design - KU Leuven
Supervised Students
Bachelor Design Project | Paper at CHI '20
Turnaround: Exploring Care Relations in Dementia Through Design 
Benjamin Lehn, Noa van den Brink, Sabeth Diks, Jasmijn Verhoef

Master Design Project - 2020 | Paper at CHI '20
RelivRing: Reliving Social Activities for People with Dementia 
Tom Cobbenhagen, Rens Janssen, Maria Væver Olsen, Karlijn van Rijen

Master Research Project | Paper at D-Lab '19
Exploring How an Interactive Placemat Can Influence Eating Activities for People with Dementia 
Ward de Groot

Final Master Project | Paper at D-Lab '19
SoundscapePillow: Creating Personalised Auditory Experiences for People with Dementia 
Daniel van Pel
Presentations & Workshops
Paper Presentation Video: DIS conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2020 July 2020
Paper Presentation Online: Dutch CHI June 2020
Paper Presentation Online: ACM CHI Workshop: 'HCI at End of Life & Beyond' May 2020
Paper Presentation Online: CHI Down Under May 2020
Workshop Organiser: 'Zoek Het UIt' Conference Lochal Tilburg, December 2019
Invited Talk: 29th Alzheimer Europe Conference The Hague, October 2019
Paper Presentation: Dementia Lab Conference Eindhoven, October 2019
Paper Presentation: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems San Diego CA, June 2019
Invited Talk: 15e Bijeenkomst Lerend Netwerk Dementie Rode Kruis Eindhoven, June 2019
Project Pitch: DRIVE Festival: E-Health for Healthy Ageing Eindhoven, October 2018
Workshop Organiser: Dementia Lab Conference Workshop organiser, Newcastle, August 2018
Invited Talk: 11e Bijeenkomst Lerend Netwerk Dementie ZuidZorg Eindhoven, May 2018
Dutch Design Week 2020, World Design Embassies: Co-design in de anderhalvemetermaatschappij October 2020
PhD Students Are Valued Members of Our Research Activity: TU/e LinkedIn January 2020
Contact maken dankzij het VITA beleefkussen: Slimmer Leven December 2019
Nadenken over het beleefkussen vanuit Cees, Ellen en Piet: Zoekhetuit! December 2019
Kussen helpt voor beter contact bij dementie: Skipr Tea Keijl. 12, 9: 30–33. September 2019
Resultaten Everyday Sounds of Dementia Workshops: Archipel Nieuws June 2019
Eerste resultaten workshops Everyday Sounds of Dementia: Slimmer Leven April 2019
MUURmelaar wins the 2018 Media Architecture Awards: KU Leuven Nieuws March 2019
Een muzikale gevel? Deze architecten kregen het voor elkaarHet Laatste Nieuws February 2019
Kom zelf de MUURmelaar ervaren!: Dag van de Wetenschap 2018 November 2018
MUURmelaar Interactive Facade Media Architecture Biennale October 2018
MUURmelaar verrast voorbijgangers: Innovatief April 2018
Gevel reageert op voorbijgangers: ROB-TV March 2018
Levende gevel maakt geluid wanneer je passeert: Nieuwsblad March 2018
A singing building to brighten your day: India Art N Design March 2018
Levende gevel begroet voorbijgangers met geluiden: ENTRR March 2018
Levende Leuvense gevel begroet voorbijgangers met geluiden: KU Leuven Nieuws March 2018
Geluidsproject Muurmelaar nieuw kantoor DMOA: ARCHITECTURA March 2018

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