MSc. Beek, E. van

Evert van Beek is a PhD researcher in the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. His doctoral research focuses on the everyday experimentation that happens in homes that are renovated with heat pumps as part of the energy transition. He makes use of ethnographic methods and data technologies to better understand the role of humans, technologies and knowledge in transforming social practices. He uses a research-through-design approach to explore the implications of everyday experimentation for more sustainable design in the energy transition.

This work is carried out in the context of the IEBB-project (Integrale Energietransitie Bestaande Bouw) in which a total of 125 partners from academia and industry collaborate to develop affordable and user-friendly renovation concepts for the Dutch housing stock.

Interested in the interactions between the dynamics of everyday life and the development of increasingly complex systems, he previously worked at the Mintlab, part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven, and within TU Delft as a researcher and designer. His work contributed to projects on ethical values in interactions with smart products, and participatory design of health care systems. He also worked as a teacher of practice and lecturer across the entire discipline of interaction design.

Academic Background

Fascinated by the interactions between humans and increasingly complex systems, he previously worked at the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven and within TU Delft as a researcher and designer. His work contributed to projects on ethical values in human-robot interaction and participatory design of health care systems. He also worked as a lecturer teaching across the entire discipline of interaction design.

Education

  • 2013 ─ 2017
    MSc Design for Interaction, Delft University of Technology
  • 2010 ─ 2013
    BSc Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Experience

  • 2018 ─ 2020
    Lecturer in Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
    Lecturing and coaching in the courses Exploring Interactions, Design Theory and Methodology, Designing Connected Experiences, Interactive Environments, Interaction & Electronics, Design in Robotics, UXAD
    Supervision of MSc-graduation projects.
  • 2018 ─ 2020
    Researcher in Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology
    Involved in projects:
    Perception of Intelligent Artifacts, funded by Delft Design for Values Institute
    2ndSkin Supporting residents to develop new practices in zero energy homes. Sensor data analysis and visualization, interviews and qualitative data analysis.
  • 2017 ─ 2018
    Researcher in Human Computer Interaction, Meaningful interactions lab (mintlab), Faculty of Social Sciences KU Leuven - imec
    Designing, prototyping and evaluating interactions between people and digital technology. Co-creation workshops and studies at home.
    Involved in the projects: GPS4IC and The Future of TV
  • 2016 ─ Present
    Self-employed designer, researcher and maker

Lectures and/or coaches students on:

  • Interaction Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Robotics
  • Prototyping
  • IoT
  • Design Methods

Involved in the research project(s):

Evert van Beek

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