I am a PhD candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology at the department of Industrial Design, and work 1 day a week as a Guest Researcher at TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University.

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. In my PhD research, I am exploring the potential of everyday sound and soundscapes in design of technology and services for people living with dementia.

Feel free to contact me or follow my research output via LinkedInGoogle Scholar or ResearchGate.
PUBLICATIONS
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen. 2019. Foregrounding Everyday Sounds in Dementia. In Proceedings of the DIS 2019 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 71-83. This paper received a Best Paper Award.

Maarten Houben, Benjamin Denef, Matthias Mattelaer, Sandy Claes, and Andrew Vande Moere. 2017. The Meaningful Integration of Interactive Media in Architecture. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS '17 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 187-191. 

Jorgos Coenen, Maarten Houben, and Andrew Vande Moere. 2019. Citizen Dialogue Kit: Public Polling and Data Visualization Displays for Bottom-Up Citizen Participation. In Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion (DIS '19 Companion). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 9-12.

Ward de Groot, Maarten Houben, and Bart Hengeveld. (2019) Exploring How an Interactive Placemat Can Influence Eating Activities for People with Dementia. In: Brankaert R., IJsselsteijn W. (eds) Dementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work: Engaging with Dementia in Context. D-Lab 2019. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1117. Springer, Cham.

Daniel van Pel, Maarten Houben, and Berry Eggen. (2019) SoundscapePillow; a Design for Creating Personalised Auditory Experiences for People with Dementia. In: Brankaert R., IJsselsteijn W. (eds) Dementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work: Engaging with Dementia in Context. D-Lab 2019. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1117. Springer, Cham. 

Kenning, Gail; Brankaert, Rens; Houben, Maarten (2019): Exploring your soundscape: Engaging with stakeholders in dementia care to explore the potential of sound. In: Proceedings of Dementia Lab 2018. Experience, participation and design. figshare. Conference contribution.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Winner of Best Paper Award (top 1%) at the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 2019, San Diego, California.
Winner of Media Architecture Award 2018 in category 'Animated Architecture', Media Architecture Biennale 2018, Beijing, China. 
Nominated for Belgian Building Awards 2018 in category 'Art Integration', Batibouw 2018, Brussels, Belgium.
Winner of the BESIX Master's Thesis Award 2017 of the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven.
PROJECTS
Everyday Sounds of Dementia: A ZonMW Create Health Project (2018 - current) partners: Eindhoven University of Technology - Tilburg University - Slimmer Leven 2020 - Archipel.
Citizen Dialogue Kit: A toolkit designed for smart cities, citizen science and open data (2017-2018) partners: OrganiCity - Research[x]Design - KU Leuven. 
MUURmelaar: an Interactive Facade with Architectural Value (2016-2018) partners: Research[x]Design - KU Leuven - DMOA Architecten.
Work Experience & education
Apr. 2018 - Current: PhD Candidate, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology.
Apr. 2018 - Current: Guest Researcher at TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University.
Aug. 2017 - Apr. 2018: Research Assistant - Research[x]Design, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven.
Aug. - Sep. 2016: Research Internship - Research[x]Design, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven.
2015 - 2017: Master of Science in Engineering: Architecture (cum laude), KU Leuven.
2012 - 2015: Bachelor of Science in Engineering: Architecture, KU Leuven.
Presentations & Workshops
E-Health for Healthy Ageing, Get Inspired! Project Presentation at DRIVE Festival. Eindhoven. October 2018.
Workshop 'Everyday Sounds of Dementia'. Dementia Lab Conference. Newcastle. August 2018.
Presentation at '11e Bijeenkomst Lerend Netwerk Dementie' at Ontmoet en Groetplein van ZuidZorg Extra. Eindhoven. May 2018
PRESS
Kussen helpt voor beter contact bij dementie. Tea Keijl. Skipr 12, 9: 30–33. September 2019.
MUURmelaar: an Interactive Facade with Architectural Value. Media Architecture Biennale October 2018. 
MUURmelaar verrast voorbijgangers. Innovatief. April 2018.
Gevel reageert op voorbijgangers. ROB-TV. March 2018.
A singing building to brighten your day. India Art N Design. March 2018.
Masterproefprijzen. Geniaal: Tijdschrift van de Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen. October 2017.
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