The state of human health is evolving. In many countries people are enjoying longer lives.
But this increase in longevity is coupled with an increase in chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease which may have gone undiagnosed in the past. The high costs of healthcare and the need for more medical staff already poses a challenge. However emerging digital technologies offer the potential for more responsive, personalised healthcare.
At the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (IDE) our research brings a human-centered design approach to the domains of prevention, care and cure. We have a particular research interest in autonomous ageing, the patient care and the patient journey. How can people live healthy and socially meaningful lives? How can we make healthcare services accessible to all?
Healthcare is facing enormous challenges requiring a concerted effort from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. The Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft – with our deep understanding of what people want, how organisations work and what emerging technology might offer - has a huge role to play in this.Richard Goossens, Professor of Physical Ergonomics
Getting personal with dementia careCaring for people with dementia is not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. That’s because people have different personalities, life experiences and preferences. Taking these things into account, Gubing Wang’s PhD explored how to facilitate designers and healthcare professionals with designing for personalised dementia care.
Value@WORK: Value-Driven Care for Labor and HealthOur health care is increasingly moving beyond the hospital walls. To answer new demands for care, new ways of collaboration are needed between all healthcare professionals involved and the patient. In the Netherlands, there is growing attention for Value-Based Health Care (VBHC), a concept of quality of care with an emphasis on using patient experiences for learning and improvement. Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft and Amsterdam UMC work together on these care issues within the domain of Work and Health in the Value@WORK project.
Design for Urban HeatwavesWith the effects of climate change manifesting themselves in our society more each year, urban heatwaves are a new phenomenon the Netherlands have to deal with. They do not leave a trail of visible destruction like earthquakes, tsunamis and pandemics. Instead, these crises are ‘silent-killers’, where periods of excessive heat and high humidity hit vulnerable groups in cities, such as the elderly, especially hard.
Enduring Rewards“Tomorrow, I’m going to start eating healthy again. And I’ll start exercising twice a week!” We’ve all told ourselves this at least once. This has a good reason, as research has shown that a healthy lifestyle can extend life expectancy with six years. The question everyone’s struggling with is: “how to keep going and maintain the progress I’ve made?”
Pride and Prejudice: Chronic disease preventionObesity is a serious threat to people’s general health, but remains a hard problem to tackle. We know that physical activity and diet are two key factors for a healthy lifestyle. But these aspects are not only difficult to modify for people on the long-term, they are also difficult to measure. The Pride and Prejudice research project combines the development of programs of design interventions with real-life monitoring and evaluation of the long-term effectiveness of these combined interventions.
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MSc. Albayrak, A.Assistant Professor
Applied Ergonomics & Design. Expertise: Design for Healthcare, Medisign
Dr. ir. Bijl-Brouwer, M. van derAssociate Professor Design for Social Innovation, Product Innovation Management, Design Theory & Methodology. Expertise: Social innovation, Public innovation, Design practices, Systemic design, Design for complexity, Human-centered design, Design for wellbeing, Designing together, Transdisciplinary design, Design education
Dr. ir. Boeijen, A.G.C. vanAssistant Professor
Industrial Design/Design Aesthetics. Expertise: Culture in design, Inter- and multi-national projects, Base of the Pyramid, Design methods
Dr. Dipl. - Des. Boess, S.U.Assistant Professor
Design for Interaction. Expertise: Design thinking and doing tools, Meaning in everyday system use, Health (ageing), mobility and ict in urban environments
MSc. Boru, A.PhD candidate
Industrial Design. Expertise: e-Health, ICT in Healthcare, Innovation Process and Models, New Product Development (NPD), Stakeholder Involvement and Assessment, Stakeholder Theory, Multi-Level Systems
Dr. ir. Bos-de Vos, M.Assistant Professor
Design, Organisation and Strategy. Expertise: Business model design, Digital innovation, Value co-creation, Value capture, Professional identity, Project management
MSc, Bostan, I.PhD candidate. Expertise: Cognitive Ergonomics of Human-System Interaction; optimal information delivery to users.
Dr. Ir. Bourgeois, J.Assistant Professor (UD)
Internet of Things. Expertise: Personal Internet of Things Data, Participatory analysis and design, Supportive and user-centered systems, Sustainability and renewable energy
Prof. dr. Cammen, T.J.M. van derFormer professor of Autonomous Ageing. Expertise: Geriatrics, Comprehensive geriatric assessment, Dementia, Falls, Drug-related falls, Falls prevention, Adverse drug reactions, Autonomous ageing
Drs. Colenberg, S.E.PhD candidate, IDStudioLab. Expertise: Environmental psychology, interior design, wellbeing, workplace research, mixed methods.
MSc. Dehli, S.R.Lecturer
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Medical Design, Strategic Product Design, User-Centered Design, Design Research
Prof. dr. ir. Desmet, P.M.A.Professor of Design for Experience. Expertise: Design for emotion, Design for subjective well-being, Measuring user experience, Conceptual design, Positive design
Prof. Dr. Ir. Diehl, J.C.Full Professor (HGL)
Design for Sustainability. Expertise: Design for Sustainability, Design for the Base of the Pyramid, Design for Cultural Differences
Dr. Egmond, R. vanAssociate Professor. Expertise: Product sound design & perception, Cognitive ergonomics, Research Methodology, Data analysis & visualisation
MSc. Faber, J. S.PhD Candidate, Industrial Design, Design Aesthetics. Expertise: eHealth, Lifestyle, Self-management, Codesign & Co-creation, Guidelines, Digital Society, Quality of Life
Dr. Ghodrat, S.Assistant professor, Design Engineering. Expertise:Shape Morphing Objects with Shape Memory Materials, Mechanics of Materials Testing and Characterization Techniques, Additive Manufacturing
MSc. Gielen, M.A.Assistant Professor
Industrial Design. Expertise: Design for children's play, Participation of children in design, Contextmapping techniques
Dr. Gonçalves, M.G.Assistant Professor
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Creativity, Creative problem solving, Inspiration, Design Cognition, Design methodology, Design thinking, Visual communication
Prof. dr. ir. Goossens, R.H.M.Professor of Physical Ergonomics. Expertise: Healthcare, Biomechanics, Physical ergonomics
MSc. Goto, L.PhD candidate
Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: Medisign, User-centered design, 3D Anthropometry
Dr. Hartcher-O'Brien, J.Assistant professor
Product Innovation Management. Expertise: Haptics, Haptic design, Multisense, Touch
Dr. Huysmans, T.Assistant professor
Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: 3D anthropometry, Physical ergonomics, Biomedical image processing, Biomedical geometry processing
Dr. ir. Jansen, A.J.Lecturer
Design Engineering. Expertise: Sports, Sports Innovation, Human powered energy systems
Prof. dr. ir. Jansen, K.M.B.Professor of Emerging Materials. Expertise: Wearables, Smart materials, Emerging materials, Interactive materials, Integration of emerging materials in design
MSc. Jellema, A.H.Lecturer/researcher
Industrial Design. Expertise: Ergonomics, Human factors, 3D scanning, Anthropometrics, 3D body scanning, Virtual fit mapping, Digital Human Modeling (DHM)
Prof. dr. ir. Kleinsmann, M.S.Professor in Design for Digital Transformation.
Expertise: Digital Transformation, Strategic Design, Design Methodology, Co-creation, Healthcare, Smart Technologies
Prof. dr. Kortuem, G.Professor of Internet of Things. Expertise: Internet of Things, Intelligent Systems, Data-Centric Design, Smart Cities
Dr. Kraal, J.J.Assistant Professor, Industrial Design, Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: Research, Health, Wellbeing & Sports
Dr. Lemke, M.Post-doctoral Researcher. Expertise: Stroke rehabilitation; Pelvic floor disorder in women; Empowering children to engage in their healthcare therapies; Patient handling system for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI); Experience of solo diners; The use of digital technology in the context of eating alone; The experience of disgust in the context of promoting a healthier food consumption.
MA. Li, M.PhD candidate
Human Information Communication Design. Expertise: User Investigation, Human-machine interaction design, Usability evaluation
MSc. Loth, M.PhD candidate
Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: Sanitation, Hygiene, Toilets, Train toilets, Observational research, Mock-up testing
Dr. ir. Melles, M.Associate Professor Applied Ergonomics & Design
Coordinator Master specialisation Medisign. Expertise: Medisign, Design for healthcare, Design for experience, Patient and staff experience
Ir. Minnoye, A.L.M.Lecturer, Course Coordinator IO2022 – Product & Beweging
Design Engineering. Expertise: Embodiment Design, Agile Manufacturing
Dr. ir. Molenbroek, J.F.M.Associate Professor
Applied Ergonomics. Expertise: Anthropometrics, Inclusive design, Ergonomics, Human factors, Product safety, 3D scanning, Digital Human Modeling (DHM), Usability
MSc. Morales Ornelas, H.C.PhD candidate. Expertise: eHealth, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence.
Dr. Ozcan Vieira, E.Assistant Professor
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Critical alarms, Information design, Healthcare, Design for wellbeing, Sound-driven design & research
MSc. Pannunzio, V.P.PhD candidate
Industrial Design. Expertise: Design for Healthcare, Data-driven design methods
Dr. ir. Paus-Buzink, S.N.Lecturer Industrial Design. Expertise: Human factors engineering, Medisign, Design for healthcare, Medical device development, Usability, Ergonomics
Dr. Psyllidis, A.Assistant Professor of Location Intelligence, Department Sustainable Design Engineering. Expertise: Location Intelligence, Urban Analytics, Spatial Data Science, Geographic Information Retrieval, Spatial Analysis, Spatial Planning
Prof. dr. Ridder, H. deProfessor of Information Ergonomics. Expertise: Visual perception, Decision making, Research methodology, Human factors, Information ergonomics
Dr. ir. Romero Herrera, N.A.Associate professor
Design Contextualization and Communication. Expertise: Design for self-management, Data practices, eHealth, Sustainability
Dr. ing. Rozendaal, M.C.Associate Professor
Human Information and Communication Design. Expertise: Interaction design, Interaction aesthetics, User experience, Product service systems, Design innovation for healthcare
Prof. dr. Rutten-van Mölken, M.P.M.H.Full Professor (HGL)
Expertise: Health Economics, Health Economic Modelling, Health Technology Assessment, Cost Effectiveness Analysis, Financing and Payment of Healthcare Services, Personalised Medicine, Precision Medicine, Person-centred Integrated Care, Digital Health Technologies, Medical Artificial Intelligence
Prof. mr. dr. ir. Santema, S.C.Professor of Business to Business Marketing. Expertise: Marketing and Supply management, Customer and/or supplier integrated design, Lean in supply chain cooperation, Information exchange in cooperation, Aviation, Experiences of passengers, crew and luggage, Entrepreneurship
Dr. ir. Schifferstein, H.N.J.Associate Professor (Design Aesthetics)
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Taste perception, Food design, Multisensory perception and integration, Smell perception, Product experience, Research methodology
Ir. Schuffelers, R.J.G.Lecturer, Industrial Design. Expertise: Design for social impact, Educational design, Creativity, Teamwork
Dr. ir. Simonse, L.W.L.Assistant professor Front End Innovation
Product Innovation Management (PIM). Expertise: Design Roadmapping, Mixed methods research, Organization design
Dr. ir. Sleeswijk Visser, F.Associate Professor
Design Conceptualization and Communication. Expertise: Journey mapping, Empathic design, User involvement in innovation processes, Stakeholder involvement in innovation processes, Developing education for service design perspective
Prof. dr. Snelders, H.M.J.J.Professor of Organising Product and Service Development. Expertise: Healthcare, Eco-system collaboration in care industries, Design expertise for service development, Designing human relations in service settings, Service prototyping
Dr. Song, Y.Associate Professor
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: 3D printed electronics, 3D scanning, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Prof. dr. Stappers, P.J.Professor of Design Techniques. Expertise: Design techniques, Tools and techniques for the early phases of design, Early concept prototyping, Contextmapping
Ir. Thomassen, E.W.Lecturer
Design Engineering. Expertise: Integrated product design and engineering, Design vision, Functional analysis, Mechanics, Technical creativity in concept development, Sustainability, Communication with suppliers and clients
Dr. ir. Vegt, N.J.H.Post-doctoral Researcher, Human Information and Communication Design. Expertise: Game design research, Social interaction
Dr. ir. Vegte, W.F. van derAssistant Professor
Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Machine learning, Data analytics, Data mining, Function modelling, Simulation
Dr. ir. Verma, H.Assistant Professor of Human-AI Collaboration. Expertise: Human-Centered AI, Empathy-Centric Design
Dr. Visch, V.T.Associate professor
Design Aesthetics. Expertise: Persuasive game design, eHealth, Storytelling
Prof. ir. Voûte, M.A.Dean of the faculty Industrial Design Engineering. Expertise: Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Teamwork, Multidisciplinary designing, Social structures
Prof. dr. Wang, C.C.L.Professor of Advanced Manufacturing. Expertise: Geometric computing, Computer-aided design, Advanced manufacturing, Computational physics
Ir. Wang, G.PhD candidate Applied Ergonomics and Design. Expertise: Design for Dementia, Design for Aging,
Design for Experience, User-centered Design, Universal Design, Design for Emotion
MA. Wang, T.PhD candidate. Expertise: Design for healthcare, Design for patient experience, Design for aging, Human-centered design, Interaction design.
Dr. Wu, J.Associate Professor (UHD)
Advanced Manufacturing. Expertise: Geometric and physical modelling, Computational fabrication, Design optimization, Surgical simulation, Computer haptics