Knowledge and Intelligence Design (KInD) is a human-centered and multi-disciplinary research group based at Sustainable Design Engineering department of the Industrial Design Engineering faculty, Delft University of Technology.

KInD focuses on the relationship between the science and practice of design, and the digital technology that fuels intelligent products, services, and systems.

See our latest news here.

Design in the Digital Age

Individuals, organisations and society are taking advantage of computing power to crunch data and automate decision-making. This trend is opening up many new possibilities – from social robots to  digital infrastructures for intelligent cities and health-care systems. But it also poses complex questions for designers. Questions around bias, fairness, transparency, and contestability in automated decision making. Questions about the emerging relationship between people and automated devices. The Knowledge and Intelligence Design (KInD) researches these – and many more – questions.

Intelligent tools and methods

KIND’s work leads to new tools and methods for designing, understanding and controlling knowledge- and intelligence-centric product-service systems (PSS). By integrating research in design with research in data scienceInternet of Thingsmachine learning, human-computer interactionspatial analysis, and crowd computing, KInD aims to unlock the potential of digital materials – to ​​design and engineer intelligent PSSs that are robust, meaningful, intelligible, accessible, and inclusive. 

The scientific work conducted by members of the KInD group contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDG):

News and Updates

  • [May 25, 2023] | Vasileios Milias and Roos Teeuwen lead the workshop on “What Factors Impact Access to Public Spaces and for Whom?“, with the support of the American Planning Association. Read here.
  • [May 25, 2023] | Roos Teeuwen and Vasileios Milias present CTwalk Map and how to map walking accessibility of different population groups at the National Program for Sustainable Digital Information Management Demo Day. Read here.
  • [May 15, 2023] | Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis spoke at Stanford University’s “Designing for Future Mobility” symposium on pedestrian accessibility and was part of an IDE delegation to develop research and education partnerships with UC Berkeley, Stanford University, UC Davis, and MIT. Read the blog here.
  • [May 8, 2023] | Roos Teeuwen and Achilleas Psyllidis publish a short news article on measuring greenspace accessibility. Read here.
  • [April 26, 2023] | Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis speaks at MIT’s City Form Lab on unlocking new measurements of pedestrian accessibility and how to factor human experiences into these metrics.
  • [April 26, 2023] | Alejandra Gomez Ortega and Jacky Bourgeois co-organise the CHI '23 SIG on Data as Human-Centred Material. Read here.
  • [April 20, 2023] | Roos Teeuwen and Vasileios Milias exhibit posters of their latest research at ICT Open 2023. Download the posters of Roos and Vasilis.
  • [April 18, 2023] | Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis speaks at the Healthy City Conference in Rotterdam about reframing how we measure access to greenspaces for all. More info.
  • [March 15, 2023] | Vasileios Milias gives an invited talk at TU Delft’s CityAI Lab on computational methods for assessing accessibility.
  • [February 7, 2023] | Wo Meijer published in ETIS ’22: Destructive Feedback: a user created strategy for collecting user feedback in shared systems. Read here.
  • [January 26, 2023] | The paper ” HybridEval: A Human-AI Collaborative Approach for Evaluating Design Ideas at Scale” from our alumni Sepideh Mesbah and colleagues from the WIS Delft group  has been accepted at the 2023 Web Conference.
  • [January 24, 2023] | Five full papers from KInD members have been accepted at the premier HCI conference ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2023.
  • [January 22, 2023] | Two papers from KInD members have been accepted at the IUI 2023 Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces.
  • [January 16, 2023] | New Project: “Our Smart Family Buddy” consortium meeting. Read more here.
  • [January 13, 2023] | Jeroen Schunselaar successfully graduated presenting his MSc thesis. Read the thesis here.
  • [January 12, 2023] | Sinyoung Ann graduated, defending her thesis Towards Designedly Data Donation in Practice. Read here.
  • [January 10, 2023] | Roos Teeuwen, Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis, and Prof. Alessandro Bozzon publish article in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Read here.
  • [December 22, 2022] | Collaboration with Erasmus MC to support cancer patient, funded by KWF. Read more here.
  • [December 8, 2022] | Samuel Freire et al., published a COALA article on IEEE Pervasive. Read here.
  • [November 29, 2022] | Mina Foosherian from BIBA presented our COALA work in MUM 2022 conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Read more here.
  • [November 7–10, 2022] | Dr. Evangelos Niforatos and Prof. Gerd Kortuem hosted the “12th International Conference on the Internet of Things” at IDE, TU Delft. Read more here.
  • [October 8, 2022] | Alejandra Gomez Ortega, Jacky Bourgeois, Gerd Kortuem published in NordiCHI'22 Reconstructing Intimate Contexts through Data Donation: A Case Study in Menstrual Tracking Technologies. Read the full paper here.
  • [June 28, 2022] | Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis and a team of prominent scholars in GIScience and Urban Analytics publish an article (commentary) in Computational Urban Science. Read here.
  • [June 1, 2022] | Vasileios Milias and Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis publish article in Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Read here.
  • [March 29, 2022] | In the spotlight: Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis. Read here.
  • [February 24, 2022] | Interview with Jacky Bourgeois about the course ‘Digital Product Development’. Read here.
  • [February 1, 2022] | The creative breeding ground of Delft Design Labs. Imagine a research environment fuelled by creativity, where people from different disciplines and varying levels of expertise collaborate, seeking new insights and solutions that can change the world. That is what you’ll find in the Delft Design Labs, a theme-based research platform at the TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) that brings researchers, students and external partners together to find innovative solutions to the complex challenges of our time. Read more here.
  • [January 13, 2022] | A small research grant (€135,000) has been granted  by the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for BOLD Cities on Urban Digital Twins. Roy Bendor from IDE is one of the project team members as well, along with Jess Bier (Sociology, EUR), Thomas Swerts (Sociology, EUR), and Carola van Eijk (Public Administration, LU). Read more here.
  • [November 23, 2021] | Interview with Kars Alfrink about the transparency of AI systems. Read here.
  • [November 4, 2021] | Gerd Kortuem was invited to a panel discussion at the 4th IFIP International Internet of Things conference in Amsterdam - where he talked about “the IoT as Creative Design Material for generating Societal Value for All” and made an argument for moving “Towards a Sustainable Internet of Things for the Future".
  • [September 23, 2021] | KInD Researchers Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis, Roos Teeuwen, and Prof. dr. Alessandro Bozzon teamed up with Researchers from MIT Senseable City Lab, Dr. Fábio Duarte, Arianna Salazar Miranda, and Tom Benson, and published an article titled “Cities and infectious diseases: Assessing the exposure of pedestrians to virus transmission along city streets”, in Urban Studies — a top-tier journal in the field. More information is available at this link. The article is available to everyone (Gold Open Access license) at this link.
  • [August 6, 2021] | Himanshu Verma organized a workshop called “SensiBlend: Sensing Blended Experiences in Professional and Social Contexts” at ACM Ubicomp 2021. Workshop website: 

  • [July 2, 2021] | Dr. Achilleas Psyllidis was invited to a podcast by the Centre for BOLD Cities on digital means for measuring crowdedness. The podcast is available online at this link.