Assistant Professor

Mathias Funk

I have long been fascinated by design, both in aesthetics and process, and software systems with all their complexities and inherent qualities.


Research Profile

Mathias Funk is Assistant Professor of Cognitive Systems. He leads the Vision Lab and is vice-chair of the ID Board of Examiners. In addition, he is the co-founder of UXsuite GmbH, a high-tech spin-off of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Funk is interested in design theory and processes for systems, designing systems for musical expression, and designing with data. He has a background in computer science and electrical engineering. He is a versatile software engineer and designs tools for designers such as domain-specific languages and distributed systems frameworks. Funk’s main research interest is how designers can design with and for data and systems behavior. He works primarily on design tools and the layers between engineering and modern industrial design. In addition, Funk researches new musical and visual expression, feedback and collaboration tools, and human values and sustainability issues in design. Funk co-edited a special issue on ‘Designing for Systems of Smart Things’ for the International Journal of Design. Since 2012, he has been heading the development of the systems-communication framework OOCSI, used by hundreds of students internationally to design connected products and systems.

Academic Background

Mathias Funk holds an MSc in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany, and got his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2011. His dissertation was on model-driven design of self-observing products. During his PhD, he was visiting researcher at Philips Consumer Electronics. He did a postdoc in the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e and another in TU/e’s Department of Industrial Design. He took the position of Assistant Professor in 2013. He has been Guest Lecturer at Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden), Jiangnan University (China), and TaiwanTech Taipei (Taiwan). Funk has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in journals, conferences and workshops.

Educational Activities

  • Creative Programming
  • Internship International Company
  • Final Bachelor Project
  • Research Project University
  • Preparation FMP - Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (DI)
  • Final Master Project - Design Leadership and Entrepreneurship (DI)

Ancillary Activities

  • Consulting, advisory, UXsuite GmH
  • Web programming, consultancy, Eenmanszaak