Dr. ir. Romero Herrera, N.A.

Natalia Romero Herrera is associate professor of Design for Self Management at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Her research topics cover the contextualisation of knowledge to design for self-management and (inter) personal data interaction design in the fields of healthcare and sustainability.

Academic Background

With a background in Computer Science Engineering received at University of Chile, Natalia Romero Herrera has specialised in the field of Human Computer Interaction and User Centred Design since 2001. Her research outcomes have contributed to the fields of Interaction Design and data-enabled design methodologies, with applications in topics such as awareness systems and computer mediated communication, interpersonal privacy and field methods to assess user experiences (gaining her PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology, in 2008). Currently, her research focuses on Living Labs methodologies and data-enabled interactive technologies to generate contextualised knowledge on self-management in healthcare and sustainability.


  • 2008
    PhD, Coordination of Interpersonal Privacy in Mediated Communication, User Centered Engineering research group, Industrial Design Faculty, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2003
    PDEng,  User System Interaction, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • 2000
    Computer Civil Engineer, Computer Science Department, Faculty of Physics and Mathematics Sciences, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile


Natalia has large experience in the design and development of working prototypes for field study evaluation of innovative technologies. She has conducted field studies in different context (professional, intensive care and home environments) and with different target groups (professionals, elderly and people in need of care in general). She has designed, developed and evaluated home and mobile technologies that support social interaction.

Her research work has contributed HCI conferences (CHI, GROUP, Interact, Persuasive, AmI, etc.) as well as HCI journals (Interacting with Computers, Personal Ubiquitous Computing, JCSCW). She has also organised conference workshops in the area of Awareness Systems and Interpersonal Privacy. She has also co-coordinated the first Doctoral Colloquium at Ami 11.

Specialisation / field of research

Natalia has been involved in several research projects with emphasis on field studies for the evaluation of technologies related to Awareness, Social Connectedness and Sustainable Wellbeing. Her work has contributed in the design and development of communication technologies with a focus on social interaction as well as of methods and tools for field study evaluations.

Currently she is basing her research on Experience Sampling Method (ESM) for the design and development of appropriate methods and tools to evaluate daily experiences of new products.

Besides applying ESM in field study evaluations, she is working with colleagues to use ESM in the field of marketing research and product adoption and in the field of Personal Informatics and Sustainability.

Lectures/Coaches students on:

She has supervised Master projects related to:

  • ESM
  • Personal Informatics
  • Social Networks and Communities

Involved in the research project(s):