UCE's co-operations

Affiliations outside the chair

The User Centered Engineering (UCE) group is/has been a member of, or has strong formal ties with, the following institutions:

  1. J.F. Schouten graduate school for User System Interaction. From 2003-2007, UCE’s staff and PhD students actively participated in this research school. Prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen was a member of the daily management team of this research school. On behalf of the department, prof.dr.ir. J.B.O.S. Martens (UCE) is currently coordinating the 4TU initiative to establish a new national research school in the area of Industrial Design.
  2. Postgraduate program on User System Interaction (USI) as part of the 4TU.School for Technological Design, Stan Ackermans Institute. Dr. P. Markopoulos MSc (UCE) is responsible for the curriculum of this postgraduate program and dr. J.M.B. Terken (UCE) for the external relations with industry.
  3. Within the Industrial Design Department, the UCE group has strong cooperations with the other 3 research programs: Designed Intelligence (prof.dr. G.W.M. Rauterberg), Designing Quality in Interaction (prof.dr. C.J. Overbeeke) and Business Process Design (prof.dr.ir. A.C. Brombacher).
  4. Within TU/e and together with prof.dr. E.H.L. Aarts and prof.dr. C.J. Overbeeke (Designing Quality in Interaction), prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen is one of the initiators of the interdepartmental ‘i-Lighting the World’ research initiative, in which various departments of TU/e are closely working together towards the definition and realization of a new world-class Top Technology Institute (TTI) in the area of lighting research. Other founding departments include Mathematics and Computer Science (prof.dr.ir. J.J. Lukkien), Electrical Engineering (prof.dr.ir. J.W.M. Bergmans), Architecture, Building and Planning (prof.dr.ir. J.L.M. Hensen), Applied Physics (prof.dr.ir. G.M.W. Kroesen) and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (prof.dr. C.J.H. Midden).
  5. Creative Conversion Factory (CCF). Prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen is a member of the advisory board of the CCF. From the start, and together with prof.dr. E.H.L. Aarts and prof.dr.ir. M.J.W. Schouten, he has been closely involved in setting up this place for open innovation in the field of hightech systems.
  6. Design Initiatief. Prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen represents the department in the ‘Future of Health Care’ theme of the Dutch Design Initiative in which SMEs, knowledge institutes, public organizations and design studios collaborate to create new business opportunities.

Other cooperation and relationships with national and international research groups

During the evaluation period the UCE group has had and/or still has close relationships with the following research institutions. These relationships take a number of forms: F = (joint funding proposals, projects and/or publications), P = (joint PhD projects and/or co-supervision), V = (visiting professorships, visiting scholars).

National

  1. Tilburg University; prof.dr.ir. A. van den Bosch; prof.dr. H. Bunt; prof.dr. E. Krahmer; [F, P].
  2. University of Twente; prof.dr.ir. B. van Arem; prof.dr. P. Havinga; [F, P].
  3. Radboud University Nijmegen; prof.dr. L. Boves; [F, P].
  4. Delft University of Technology; prof.dr. H. de Ridder; dr.ir. A. Vermeeren; dr.ir. R. Happee; [F, P].
  5. Fontys University of Applied Sciences; dr. B. Schouten MFA; [F, P].
  6. Philips Research; dr.ir. R. Haakma; dr.ir. J. van Haaren; drs. B. de Ruyter; dr.ir. E. van Loenen; dr.ir. T. Bergman [F, P].

International

  1. School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA; prof.dr. A. Waibel; [F, P, V].
  2. Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada; prof.dr. S. Greenberg; [F, P, V].
  3. MIT Media Lab, MA, USA; prof.dr. R. Picard; [F, P, V].
  4. Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA; prof.dr. R.M. Taylor II; [F, P, V].
  5. Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA; prof.dr. J. Forlizzi and dr. J. Zimmerman; [F, P, V].
  6. Google Research Zurich, Switzerland; dr. M. Hatscher; [F, P, V].
  7. User-Centered Design and Cultural Design Research Group, University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), Finland; prof.dr. I. Koskinen; [F, P, V].
  8. Department of Communication, Stanford University, CA, USA; prof.dr. C. Nass; [F, P, V].
  9. School of Interactive Computing and GVU, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA; prof.dr. G. Abowd, and dr. A. Mazalek; [F, P, V].
  10. Folkwang University, Essen, Germany; prof.dr. M. Hassenzahl; [F, P, V].
  11. CHild Computer Interaction (CHiCI) group, University of Central Lancaster, UK; dr. J.C. Read; [F, P, V].
  12. Department of Applied information Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden; dr. W. Barendregt; [F, P].
  13. Information Retrieval group, Information Studies Department, University of Sheffield, UK; prof.dr. S. Whittaker; [F, V].
  14. Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA; prof.dr. P. Lunenfeld; [F, P, V].
  15. Document, Image and Voice Analysis Group, Department of Informatics, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; dr. D. Lalanne; [F].
  16. Multimedia and Information System Group, Department of Information and Telecommunication Technology, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Switzerland; prof.dr. E. Mugellini; prof.dr. O. Abou-Khaled; [F,P].

Collaborations

Within the Industrial Design Department, the UCE group has strong cooperations with the other three research programs: Designed Intelligence (DI; prof.dr. G.W.M. Rauterberg), Designing Quality in Interaction (DQI; prof.dr. C.J. Overbeeke) and Business Process Design (BPD; prof.dr.ir. A.C. Brombacher). Current collaborations include the work on playful interactions (UCE, DQI, DI and BPD), awareness systems (UCE, DI, DQI), lighting (UCE, DQI), tangible interaction (UCE, DQI) and user experience evaluation of interactive products (UCE, BPD, DQI). These are reflected in conjoint supervision of PhD projects and conjoint applications for research grants.

Within the university, close collaborations exist with prof.dr. C.J.H. Midden, dr. W.A. IJsselsteijn, dr.ir. Y.A.W. de Kort and prof.dr. D.G. Bouwhuis of the Human Technology Interaction (HTI) group in the IE&IS Department. UCE and HTI staff members work closely together in national and international projects (e.g. the EU-funded ASTRA and PASION projects and the nationally funded Ambient Awareness projects). This has resulted in the co-supervision of students, in many joint publications in journals and conference proceedings, and in the co-chairing of conferences. Further TU/e collaborations include:

  • The ongoing cooperation between prof.dr.ir. J.B.O.S. Martens and prof.dr.ir. R. van Liere, senior researcher at the Center for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI) in Amsterdam, where he heads the Visualization and Virtual Reality research group, and part-time professor at TU/e, resulting in the joint NWO project QUASID (3 PhDs) and several joint publications,
  • The ongoing cooperation between prof.dr.ir. J.B.O.S. Martens and prof.dr.ir. J.J. van Wijk, full professor in Visualization in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department at TU/e and head of the Visualization group, in student and PhD projects, resulting in 3 joint publications, and
  • The ‘i-Lighting the World’ initiative. The UCE and DQI groups represent the ID Department in the TU/e ‘i-Lighting the World’ initiative. This initiative is leading towards the definition and realization of a new world-class Top Technology Institute (TTI) in the area of lighting research. Other collaborating departments include Mathematics and Computer Science (prof.dr.ir. J.J. Lukkien), Electrical Engineering (prof.dr.ir. J.W.M. Bergmans), Architecture, Building and Planning (prof.dr.ir. J.L.M. Hensen), Applied Physics (prof.dr.ir. G.W.M. Kroesen) and Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (prof.dr. C.J.H. Midden).


Cooperation with national universities and research institutes
Research cooperation at the national level exists with the following universities and research institutes:

  • Tilburg University:
  • With prof.dr.ir. A. van den Bosch; context: SOBU; topic: weighted error minimization in assigning prosodic structure for synthetic speech; output: PhD thesis and joint publications
  • With prof.dr. H. Bunt; context: IOP-MMI; topic: dialogue acts in GUIs; ouput: thesis and joint publication
  • With prof.dr. H. Bunt; context: NWO-Stevin; topic: automatic dialogue act recognition; output: thesis
  • With prof.dr. E. Krahmer; context: joint supervision of graduation projects of students at Tilburg University
  • University of Twente (prof.dr.ir. B. van Arem) and Delft University of Technology (dr.ir. R. Happee), context: High-Tech Automotive Systems (HTAS) program; topic: driving guidance – integrated human-machine interaction
  • Radboud University Nijmegen (prof.dr. L. Boves); Context: IOP – Man-Machine Interaction (MMI); topic: Creating robustness in multimodal interaction; output: PhD thesis and joint publications
  • Delft University of Technology (prof.dr. H. de Ridder and dr.ir. A. Vermeeren); Topic: designing with children; output: joint publications
  • University of Twente (prof.dr. P. Havinga) Context: BSIK project Smart Surroundings; topic: design research on interruption mediating artifacts for an office oriented context
  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences (dr. B.A.M. Schouten MFA). UCE coaches one joint PhD, and together we submitted the RAAKpro project proposal E-FIT in which UCE collaborates with the following partners: Fontys ICT (Lectoraat Serious Game Design & Ambient Technology), Fontys Sport (Lectoraat Fysieke Activiteit & Gezondheid), Embedded Fitness, ROC Brabant, Haagse Hogeschool (Lectoraat Innovatieve Beweegstimulering)


UCE’s commitments and involvement with the IOP–MMI program (1999-2009) deserve special mention. During the assessment period, prof.dr. R.C. Collier (part-time professor UCE) has been chairing the advisory board of this national Innovation-oriented Research Program (IOP) on Man-Machine Interaction (MMI) funded by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. UCE staff members have been closely involved in the definition and realization of the first phase of this program, and UCE researchers have successfully carried out and are currently involved in 4 research projects funded by this program. These projects have led to successful cooperations with different national and international research institutes, as well as collaborations with industrial partners.
So far, the program has led to 3 PhD theses and various joint publications in international journals and conferences. Currently, as the IOP-MMI research program is nearing its end, a national MMI platform is being formed to support and secure the anchoring of the established MMI research network and to promote the transfer of the acquired body of knowledge to other national research programs in which man-machine interaction plays a crucial role.
Prof.dr. R.C. Collier and prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen are members of the platform’s advisory board.

International academic cooperation
Academic cooperation with international research groups takes the form of joint publications as well as exchanges of UCE staff, PhD students and MSc students at these universities (and vice versa). The following collaborations were established during the assessment period:

  • School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA (prof.dr. A. Waibel). Exchange dr. K.G. van Turnhout MTD: July 03 – October 03 on multimodal interaction.
  • Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada (prof.dr. S. Greenberg). Exchange dr. N.A. Romero MTD: October 05 – January 06 on supporting interpersonal privacy in communication.
  • MIT Media Lab, MA, USA (prof.dr. R. Picard). Exchange S. Mota MSc: June 2007 – December 2007 on ambient awareness.
  • Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA (prof.dr. R.M. Taylor II). Exchange dr. W. Qi: two periods of three months in 2005 on 3D interaction with scientific data.
  • Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, PA, USA (prof.dr. J. Forlizzi and dr. J. Zimmerman). Exchange E. Karapanos MSc: May 08 - August 08 on user experience over time.
  • Google Research Zurich, Switzerland (dr. M. Hatscher). Exchange A.J. Matysiak Szóstek MTD: September 08 – January 09 on how to support office workers in assessing their email in order to prevent email overload.
  • User-centered Design and Cultural Design Research Group, University of Art and Design Helsinki (UIAH), Finland (prof.dr. I. Koskinen). Exchange A.A. Lucero Vera MTD: August 06 –December 06 and August 07 on probes and co-design of mood boards.
  • Department of Communication, Stanford University, CA, USA (prof.dr. C. Nass). Exchange M.C. Kaptein MTD: March 09 - July 09 on using social cues to shape the human-to-human and human-to-machine bond
  • School of Interactive Computing and GVU, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (prof.dr. G. Abowd, and dr. A. Mazalek). Dr. E.A.W.H. van den Hoven MTD has stayed at Synaesthetic Media Lab, GVU from September 07 – December 07. The UCE group is currently hosting L. Yarosh MSc, a 3rd-year PhD student from Georgia Tech. Five BSc and one MSc students stayed at Georgia Tech for one semester to do their research internships and final
  • Master’s projects, respectively.
  • Folkwang University, Essen, Germany (prof.dr. M. Hassenzahl) on accounting for diversity in subjective judgments.
  • CHild Computer Interaction (CHiCI) group, University of Central Lancaster, UK (dr. J.C. Read) on child computer interaction. Joint authoring of book with dr. P. Markopoulos MSc, joint tutorials at conferences, and joint publishing efforts.
  • Department of Applied information Technology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden (dr. W. Barendregt) on evaluation methods for child-computer interaction.
  • Information Retrieval group, Information Studies Department, University of Sheffield, UK (prof.dr. S. Whittaker). Dr. E.A.W.H. van den Hoven MTD was a visiting scientist in the Memoir project in this group in March 08.
  • Media Design Program, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, USA (prof.dr. P. Lunenfeld). Ir. K.M. van Mensvoort MFA: December 07 – May 08. He was ‘Visionary in Residence’ on the theme of Next Nature.
  • In four EU projects funded by IST and the Marie Curie programs of the EU: ASTRA, CHIL, PASION and DESIRE, UCE researchers have been and are collaborating with over 20 academic international partners.


Industrial collaborations
The Eindhoven region (also called the Brainport region) is known for its leading role as a technology center of Europe, but over the last couple of years Eindhoven’s reputation in the area of design has also been growing significantly. The Eindhoven region currently hosts some of the biggest design studios in the Netherlands and Europe (e.g. Philips Design, VanBerlo studios and GBO studios). Moreover, with the presence of the Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) and the
Industrial Design Department at TU/e, two high-quality educational programs are offered to prospective designers (DAE) and academically trained industrial design engineers (ID-TU/e) worldwide. Prof.dr.ir. J.H. Eggen chaired the Design Platform Eindhoven (DPE) from 2004-2008, a design network representing industrial, educational and public institutions in the Brainport region. DPE has played a crucial role in making the developments of the ‘Design and Technology’ competency in the Brainport region visible to the outside world at national and international level. More specifically, the spectacular growth of the Dutch Design Week which is organized by DPE (1 day, 5 events, 150 local visitors in 2003 – 9 days, 150 events, 80,000 [inter-]national visitors in 2008) has put design in the region on the national and international map. These regional changes in the importance and visibility of design together with the industrial strengths of the region have led to much fruitful collaboration with industry. The UCE group has used its close ties with industry and the design community to successfully set up a large number of student projects (BSc, MSc, USI and PhD projects) that are adopted and funded by local industries such as Philips, Océ Technologies, DAF, Holst Centre, Alcatel, Medtronic, TomTom, TNO Industry, Vodafone and many small and medium enterprises (SMEs).