Dr. M.P.P. van Mechelen



Maarten Van Mechelen is a postdoctoral researcher specialized in the domain of Child-Computer Interaction and HCI, and ACM SigCHI communication ambassador. Over the past few years, Maarten conducted basic and applied research on a National and European level, often in cooperation with industry partners and policy makers. His goal is to conduct excellent generative and evaluative user research by drawing from the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, to develop new and emerging technologies for and with children.

The interdisciplinary character of his work has developed during his education through degrees in Cultural Sciences (MA from Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Graphic Design (MA from PXL-MAD) followed by a jointly funded PhD in the Arts and Social Sciences (UHasselt - KU Leuven) which he defended in 2016. He furthermore holds certificates in Web Design and Human-Centered Design for Intuitive Man-Machine Interaction.

As a member of ID-StudioLab, Maarten has been working on the NWO/NRO project “Co-design with Kids: Early Mastering of 21st Century Skills” since September 2017. Before that, he was part of the Meaningful Interactions Lab (Mintlab, KU Leuven – imec) for five years.


  • Child-computer Interaction and HCI
  • Participatory design with multiple stakeholders, incl. children
  • Analysis/interpretation of multimodal co-design outcomes
  • Group dynamics in participatory design processes
  • Introducing design thinking to children 
  • Internet of Toys

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2017-09-01 - 2019-09-01