investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges
The cluster Systemic Change investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges. In cross-disciplinary teams of specialists and stakeholders, we envision and create socio-technical systems operating in near real-life ecosystems and study their effects in the short and long term. In the socio-technological systems, we utilize emerging technologies such as ICT, Big Data, AI, sensors and actuators. We use the aesthetics of interaction of the users with the socio-technical systems to evoke change and we underpin the desired change by applying ethical frameworks and theories from social sciences and humanities. Using a research through design approach, we develop methods, tools, platforms and field labs that support the co-creation and analysis processes. These can subsequently be repurposed by the cross-disciplinary stakeholders in their own practice.Read more
Certification of technological products for people with dementia to support SMEs in innovation and business growth
Everyday Sounds of Dementia
The project Everyday Sounds of Dementia aims to research the potential of sound and soundscapes in design of technology and services for people living with dementia.
Design Futures is a European initiative, coordinated by TU/e, that wants to empower children to contribute to the design of a better future.
VAlue Sensitive design in Higher Education
The Value Sensitive Design in Higher Education (VASE) is an Erasmus+ project that aims to to design, develop, pilot test and implement research-based and innovative teaching resources for teaching value sensitive design approaches to students at design and development programmes at university levels.
Our most recent peer reviewed publications
Towards Advancing Body Maps as Research Tool for Interaction Design(2023)
Reflecting on Living Labs as Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Networks to Evaluate Technological Products for People Living with DementiaInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2023)
Adaptivity in Research Practice with People Living with Dementia: A Designer's Reflection(2023)
Ethics & AI: A systematic review on ethical concerns and related strategies for designing with AI in healthcareAI (2023)
A Toolkit for Co-Designing towards Community-Based Active AgeingInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2022)
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Erik van der Spek
Visiting addressAtlasAtlas 7.1065612 AZ EindhovenNetherlands
Postal addressDepartment of Industrial DesignP.O. Box 5135600 MB EindhovenNetherlands
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