Dr. ir. Bourgeois, J.

Jacky Bourgeois is assistant professor of Data-Centric Design at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. He develops tools and methods for Responsible Data-Centric Design (RDCD), that is accounting for data subject privacy, data collection and processing transparency, involvement of stakeholders, data confidence and design process traceability.

Academic Background

With a background in computer science, Jacky 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 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.

This process led him to appreciate data generated from the Internet and the Internet of Things as a key resource in the design of end-user products and services. However, designers often lack the necessary data literacy to effectively and ethically use this resource as part of their design process. Jacky dedicates his research and teaching effort to address this challenge.


  • 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