Mr. Bourgeois, J.


Jacky is a researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft. With a background in computer science, he explores the exciting interface between Design and the Internet of Things with a focus on personal data. He is especially interested in understanding how designers can effectively and responsibly use personal data to design innovative and relevant products and services.

His research has a strong real-world focus. He relies on methods such as Participatory Data Analysis (PDA), in which he combines qualitative and quantitative data to build rich, multi-perspective understandings of contextual environments in collaboration with the end users. Using data as a core material, responsible and compliant use of data is a pillar of his research. He develops mechanisms to ensure that data subjects remain in control of their data while it is used to its full potential.

During his PhD, he investigated the design of ubiquitous technologies to support domestic energy practices of 'energy farmers', i.e. households that generate their own energy from solar panels. He combined exploratory interviews, participatory data analysis and in-home interventions to get a deep understanding of this context. He investigated two case studies focusing on Energy Demand-Shifting in the context of domestic solar electricity generation around the laundry and the electric mobility routines. His objective was to understand the connection between consumption and local generation and design support for emerging energy practices.


  • 2012 – 2016
    PhD in Computer Science, The Open University (UK) / Université de Rennes 1 (France), Title: Interactive Demand-Shifting in the Context of Domestic Micro-Generation.
  • 2009 – 2012
    Master in Computer Science, ESIR – Graduate School of Engineering (Rennes, France) 


  • 2016 – 2018
    Post-doc, Delft University of Technology (NL)
  • 2014 (3 months)
    Commercial Intern, National Energy Foundation (UK)
  • 2012 (6 months)
    Research Assistant, The Open University (UK) 
  • 2011 (4 months)
    Research Assistant, INRIA (France) 
  • 2009 (5 months)
    Developer, Axper (Canada)

Specialisation / Field of research

  • Personal Internet of Things Data
  • Participatory analysis and design
  • Supportive and user-centred system
  • Sustainability and renewable energy

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Designing and developing Internet of Things products and services
  • Designing with data
  • Smart System and Technologies

Involved in research projects