F. Toso PhD (Francesca)

Assistant Professor

About Me

Dr. Francesca Toso is Assistant Professor in Stakeholder engagement and Co-Design at the Faculty of Engineering Technology of the University of Twente.

Formed as industrial designer, she specialized in technologies for healthcare, designing and evaluating products in real-life environment by engaging different stakeholders in the process. 

She built her research profile with study and research experiences at Iuav University of Venice, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, ITRI - Industrial Technology Research Institute and Eindhoven University of Technology.

She has been working as local project manager on different European project involving international and multidisciplinary consortia, such as Interreg IT-AT AGEDESIGN, Interreg NWE Certification-D and MSC-DN HOMEDEM.

In parallel of the research activity, she engaged on teaching activities at Iuav University of Venice, San Raffaele Telematic University and Eindhoven University of Technology.

With a strong attitude for transdisciplinary research, her research interests space between embodied interaction for vulnerable people, personalized care and inclusivity (in terms of gender, culture, neurodiversity and invisible disabilities).


Toso, F., Brankaert, R., Hendriks, N., Lenaerts, L., & Wilkinson, A. (2023). Reflecting on Living Labs as Multi-Stakeholder Collaborative Networks to Evaluate Technological Products for People Living with Dementia. International journal of environmental research and public health, 20(3), [1673]. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20031673
Thoolen, M. , Toso, F., Peek, S. T. M., Lu, Y., & Brankaert, R. (2022). LivingMoments: Bespoke Social Communication for People living with Dementia and their Relatives. In CHI 2022 - Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [515] (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3517430
Frausin, M. , & Toso, F. (2021). Progettare contaminazioni: la ricerca in design come trait d'union tra le discipline applicate alla cura dell'uomo. In FRID 2019 – La doppia prospettiva della ricerca in Design (pp. 299 - 310). Bembo Officina Editoriale. https://bemboedizioni.it/main/scheda.aspx?id=17
Toso, F. (2020). Il sistema “Talari” per la riabilitazione sensomotoria a seguito di ictus. In 100 anni dal Bauhaus. Le prospettive della ricerca di design (pp. 162 - 169)
Toso, F. (2019). Design Of Technologies For Rehabilitation After Stroke: An User Centered Review. Poster session presented at 5th European Stroke Organization Conference, ESOC 2019, Milan, Italy.

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W235
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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Horst Complex  W235
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7500 AE Enschede
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