Maarten Houben

Industrial Design


Maarten Houben is a postdoctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) at the Department of Industrial Design and serves on the core team of the TU/e Expertise Center for Dementia & Technology (ECDT). In 2022, he obtained his PhD cum laude by investigating the beneficial effects of everyday sounds and soundscapes in technologies for dementia. Maarten is passionate about designing and researching ambient multisensory technologies that have a meaningful impact on vulnerable user groups. Maarten obtained his master’s degree in engineering sciences: architecture at KU Leuven in 2017. He gained experience in media architecture and public displays at the Research[x]Design group at KU Leuven as a research assistant. In 2018, he started his PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology at the Department of Industrial Design and worked as a guest researcher at the TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University. He has published in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences such as ACM CHI, DIS, TEI, DRS and has received two Best Paper Awards. He also served on the program committee of CHI Late-Breaking Work (2021&2022), has peer-reviewed for CHI, DIS, TEI, TBIT and is currently on the steering committee of the Dementia Lab Conference. With a background in architecture, engineering sciences, and design, he strives to conduct research in multidisciplinary settings by designing and evaluating multisensory technologies in everyday routines and real-life environments, such as people’s homes, public spaces, and formal care settings.   For more info, please visit   Feel free to contact him or follow his research via LinkedIn, Google Scholar or ResearchGate!    

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