Assistant Professor

Pierre Levy

My aim is to explore the values and experiences of the everyday and to create means to enchant everyday experiences through design.

Group / Unit
Systemic Change
Department / Section
Industrial Design
Floor / room

Research Profile

Pierre Lévyis Assistant Professor of Everyday Transformation. Lévy is interested in applications of philosophy on interaction design, especially of applying embodiment theories and Japanese philosophy and culture to the everyday. His current interest is in the everyday and in the way to enchant it by design and technology (e.g., how to give value to banal things, such as the way to make tea in the morning, or the way one makes sense of data in everyday practices). The cultural and disciplinary diversity in his education encourages him to challenge common perspectives. Lévy has contributed to the development of Kansei (‘affective’) research, both in Europe – as co-founder and former president of EKG – and in the world, as the first coordinator of the KEER Steering committee and the co-organizer of KEER2010, the first international Kansei conference outside Japan.

Academic Background

Pierre Lévy holds a MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Université de Technologie de Compiègne (France) and obtained his PhD in Kansei (affective) Science in 2006 from the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He then did a postdoc at the University of Tsukuba and worked as lecturer for Chiba University, also in Japan. In 2009, he started as Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. Today, he also holds the position of member of the Kansei Engineering and Emotion Research Steering Committee, and has a fellowship at Paris-Est, France. Lévy is also on the editorial board of the International Journal of Affective Engineering.