I am a PhD candidate at Eindhoven University of Technology at the department of Industrial Design, and affiliated with 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 sounds 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.
Work Experience & education
PhD Candidate (Apr. 2018 - Current)
Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University
Research Assistant (Aug. 2017 - Apr. 2018) 
Research[x]Design, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
Research Internship (Aug. - Sep. 2016)
Research[x]Design, Department of Architecture, KU Leuven
KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Science
KU Leuven, Faculty of Engineering Science
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS
Best Paper Award DIS'19 (top 1%) at the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 2019, San Diego, California.
Media Architecture Award in category 'Animated Architecture', Media Architecture Biennale 2018, Beijing, China. 
in category 'Art Integration', Batibouw 2018, Brussels, Belgium.
BESIX Master's Thesis Award 2017 of the Faculty of Engineering Science at KU Leuven.
Selected PUBLICATIONS
Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Saskia Bakker, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, and Berry Eggen 
Accepted for publication in Proc. of the 2020 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - (CHI '20)

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). ACM, NY, USA, 71-83. 
—This paper received a Best Paper Award.

For full list, see Publications or Google Scholar
Research PROJECTS
Eindhoven University of Technology - Tilburg University - Slimmer Leven - Archipel
OrganiCity - Research[x]Design - KU Leuven
Research[x]Design - KU Leuven - DMOA Architecten
Supervised Students
Daniel van Pel, 2019. (Final Master Project)
Turnaround: Exploring Care Relations in Dementia Through Design 
Benjamin Lehn, Noa van den Brink, Sabeth Diks, Jasmijn Verhoef, 2019. (Bachelor Design Project)
Presentations & organised Workshops
'Zoek Het UIt' Science in practice for people-oriented care. Workshop organiser. Local, Tilburg. December 2019.
29th Alzheimer Europe Conference. Presentation. The Hague. October 2019.
Dementia Lab Conference 2019. Paper Presentation. Eindhoven. October 2019.
ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2019. Paper Presentation. San Diego. June 2019.
15e Bijeenkomst Lerend Netwerk Dementie. Presentation. Rode Kruis, Eindhoven. June 2019.
DRIVE Festival: E-Health for Healthy Ageing, Get Inspired! Presentation. Natlab, Eindhoven. October 2018.
Dementia Lab Conference 2018. Workshop organiser. Newcastle. August 2018.
11e Bijeenkomst Lerend Netwerk Dementie. Presentation. Ontmoet en Groetplein (ZuidZorg Extra), Eindhoven. May 2018
Kussen helpt voor beter contact bij dementie. Skipr. Tea Keijl. 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.
Back to Top