MSc. Buso, A.

Alice Buso is a PhD candidate in the field of Smart Textiles at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Her research focuses on investigating the experience of emerging materials to uncover their potential for design and interaction.

Academic Background

Alice Buso obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Product Design from Politecnico di Torino, Italy. In 2017 she moved to the Netherlands to pursue a Master's in Integrated Product Design at Delft University of Technology. In her MSc thesis, in collaboration with BMW, she designed a soft robotic sensing and actuating unit for autonomous vehicles seats to improve their comfort. After her graduation in 2019, she further worked on the project as a researcher in the Department of Sustainable Design Engineering.
Alice currently works on her PhD research within the same department, in the Emerging Materials Lab and Materials Experience Lab.


  • 2020 – present
    PhD candidate - Smart Textiles, Delft University of Technology
  • 2017 – 2019
    MSc Integrated Product Design, Delft University of Technology
  • 2013 – 2016
    BSc Design and Visual Communication, Product Design, Politecnico di Torino
  • 2015
    Erasmus+ program, Elisava - Barcelona School of Design and Engineering


  • 2019 – 2020
    Researcher, Delft University of Technology
    Research and development of soft robotic technology to improve seat comfort
  • 2018 – 2019
    Graduate student, BMW
    Master's graduation project. Thesis title: "Improving comfort of autonomous vehicle seats with soft robotic technology"
  • 2018
    Industrial Design Intern, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
    Embodiment design of the briefing concept "Blue Connect" for the renovation of KLM Crew Centre in Schipol Airport
  • 2016
    Product Design intern at King Kong Design, Barcelona

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