Happy people in Smart Environments

Life expectancy increases each year. Keeping our ageing society healthy and vital is important from a human, social and economic perspective. Stimulating physical and psychological wellbeing to keep people fit and happy is one of the current societal challenges. Challenges such as preventing illnesses, like those related to dementia, and keeping people connected to their societal networks and to society in general, have to be addressed. Behavioral knowledge and in-depth research into human-technology interaction is essential to build the smart environments that optimize human happiness and inclusive societies.

In the research meet of 28 September 2018 TU/e researchers from various disciplines shared the latest research insights concerning health, vitality and wellbeing in our built environment. Some inspiring use cases connecting people, health, well-being, vitality, environment and technology were presented:

  • Improving Cycling Experience through Urban Design (Project: Smart Cycling Future)
  • George Liu, PhD Candidate, Urbanism and Urban Architecture, TU/e
  • “Vitality at work”
     Ida Damen, Systemic Change, Industrial Design,TU/e
  • “The role of sound at the workplace”
    Jikke Reinten, PhD Candidate, Building Physics and Services, Built Environment TU/e. Hogeschool Utrecht
  • “SOULMATE”
    Astrid Kemperman, Urban Planning & Quality of Life, Built Environment, TU/e 
  • “Urban Planning for Active and Healthy Public Spaces with User-Generated Big Data”
    Loes van Renswouw, PhD Candidate, Systemic Change, Industrial Design, TU/e
  • “Call for Collaborations in the context of the GOAL Project
    Pieter van Gorp, Information Systems, Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences, TU/e
  •  "Days in the office - how context gets in the mind"
    Yvonne de Kort, Human-Technology Interaction group, Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences,TU/e

Innovation Origins wrote about the research meet (in Dutch)