Maarten Houben is 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. 

Feel free to contact me or follow my research via LinkedInGoogle Scholar or ResearchGate!
Research Interests
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.
Selected 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 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '20)

Designing for Everyday Sounds at Home with People with Dementia and their Partners. 
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers and Berry Eggen
Conditionally accepted in Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’ 22)
DOI (available in apr '22) | PDF

Foregrounding Everyday Sounds in Dementia
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen
In Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '19)

Enriching Everyday Lived Experiences in Dementia Care
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Emma Dhaeze, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers and Berry Eggen
In Proceedings of the 2022 Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI '22)
DOI (available in feb '22) | PDF

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)

For full list, see Publications or Google Scholar​​​​​​​
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) | Website
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 for smart cities, citizen science and open data (2017 - 2018) | Website
OrganiCity - Research[x]Design - KU Leuven
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)
Research[x]Design
Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
Research Internship (2016)
Research[x]Design
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
AWARDS 
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.
Skills
Research Methods: 
Ethnography, in-situ observations, interviews, context mapping, inclusive co-creation methods, Wizard of Oz experiment, and participatory workshops.
Prototyping: 
Basic programming and electronics (Processing, Arduino), Digital Fabrication (UR5-robot, Laser cutter, 3D printing), simulation (Unity, Cinema 4D).
Design: 
Adobe CC, Scenarios and storyboards, paper prototyping, architectural design, computational design and sound-based design.
Academic service
Program Committee Member - Associate Chair - ACM CHI 2022 Late-Breaking Work 
Program Committee Member - Dementia Lab Conference 2022
Reviewer - ACM CHI 2022 Full Paper Track (2 Special Recognitions for Outstanding Reviews)
Reviewer - ACM TEI 2022 Full Paper Track
Reviewer - ACM CSCW 2022 Full Paper Track
Editor - Dementia Lab 2021: Supporting Ability Through Design Proceedings of the 5th Dementia Lab Conference 2021
Program Committee Member - Associate Chair - ACM CHI 2021 Late-Breaking Work 
Reviewer - ACM CHI 2021 Full Paper Track
Reviewer - ACM DIS 2021 Full Paper Track
Reviewer - ACM TEI 2021 Full Paper Track
Reviewer - Journal on Behaviour & Information Technology (BIT) 2021 Journal Article
Program Committee Member - Dementia Lab Conference 2020/2021 Full Paper Track
Program Committee Member - Dementia Lab Conference 2019 Full Paper Track
Teaching
2018-2020: Acoustic Awareness Course, Sound of Science: Group Coaching (7S5X0)
2018- present: Design Project: Inclusive Design and Thoughtful Technology* (DEP001)
Turnaround: Exploring Care Relations in Dementia Through Design (Published as LBW at CHI '20) by Benjamin Lehn, Noa van den Brink, Sabeth Diks, Jasmijn Verhoef
RelivRing: Reliving Social Activities for People with Dementia (Published as LBW at CHI '20) by Tom Cobbenhagen, Rens Janssen, Maria Væver Olsen, Karlijn van Rijen
2018- present: Master Design Research Projects* (DPM120)
Exploring How an Interactive Placemat Can Influence Eating Activities for People with Dementia (Published at D-Lab '19) by Ward de Groot
Smile: Capturing and Sharing Personal Photos to Stimulate Social Relations and Support Self-Identity in Dementia (Published at D-Lab '21) by Veerle van Engen
Sounds Like Home: Sonically Augmenting Care Environments to Offer a Sense of Home by Melvin van Berlo
2018- present: Final Master Project (DEM220)
SoundscapePillow: Creating Personalised Auditory Experiences for People with Dementia (Published at D-Lab '19) by Daniel van Pel
Project Dance 2 move by Melvin van Berlo
2018-present: Master's Thesis Engineering Sciences: Architecture (B-KUL-H03N9A)
Evaluating sound interaction strategies for a media facade by Evelien Feys
Project MUURmelaar by Simon Meekers

(*selected example projects)
Presentations & Workshops
Invited Talk: LSH PPS dag 2021 March 2021
Paper Presentation: Dementia Lab 2021 January 2021 (watch video)
Invited Talk: Dutch Design Week 2020, Embassy of Health  October 2020
Paper Presentation: Dutch CHI June 2020 (watch video)
Paper Presentation: ACM CHI Workshop: 'HCI at End of Life & Beyond' May 2020
Paper Presentation: 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
PRESS
Everyday Sounds of Dementia: Designing Warm Technology for and with People with Dementia: MMI Platform January 2022
Healthtech speelt een steeds grotere rol bij de kwaliteit van leven:  Innovation Origins NL Mei 2021
Warme technologie: design met én voor mensen met dementie: Publicaties ZonMw Maart 2021
Onderzoek naar inzet 3D-geluid voor meer thuisgevoel: Vitalis Nieuws Maart 2021
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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