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dr. J. van Dijk (Jelle)

Assistant Professor

About Me

I am a design-researcher with a background in cognitive science and a PhD in industrial design. I am interested in theories of embodiment and how they may change our vision on the design of interactive systems that are both physical and digital at the same time.

With a small team of Phd students and graduation students we design and research empowering technologies for neurodiverse users, for example persons on the autism spectrum. We are also developing a co-design methodology and toolkit called Design your Life with which young autistic adults create their own solutions.

I am active in research communities of tangible and embodied interaction, participatory design, and research-through-design.

I am also a member of the ethical committee of the faculty of Engineering Technology.

Students with interest in Embodied Interaction, Human-Centered Design, Participatory Design/ Co-Design, or Neurodiversity, come see me if you want to do a project. You may be studying industrial design, creative technology, Y-tech or related. A philosophical/theoretical project on relations between embodiment and technology is also possible. You may also be studying psychology and interested in investigating the use of assistive technologies for special needs groups, or you may want to do a design ethnography coming from anthropology or sociology. If you have rapid prototyping skills (Arduino; 3d modeling and printing, programming skills) and you want to use these to design meaningful products supporting people, do not hesitate to contact me, for example via:

Jelle.vandijk@utwente.nl.

Outside of university I have warm contacts with a number of health care institutions especially organizations involved in care at home, facilitated living, therapy, training, coaching and ambulant support. I am always interested in increasing our network of stakeholders and share and build knowledge together.

 

Expertise

Engineering & Materials Science
Application Programs
Power (Psychology)
Scaffolds
Social Robots
Social Sciences
Cognition
Young Adult
Medicine & Life Sciences
Autistic Disorder
Technology

Research

I am a design-researcher with a background in cognitive science and a PhD in industrial design. I am interested in theories of embodiment and how they may change our vision on the design of interactive systems that are both physical and digital at the same  time.

With a team of Phd students and graduation students I design and research empowering technologies for neurodiverse users (for example concerning persons on the autism spectrum)

We are also developing th Design your Life toolkit and co-design methodology which enables young autistic adults to create their own personalized solutions.

I am active in research communities of tangible and embodied interaction, participatory design, and research-through-design.

I am also member of the ethical committee of the faculty of Engineering Technology.

Students with interest in Embodied Interaction, Human-Centered Design, Participatory Design, Co-Design, or Neurodiversity (e.g. Autism) come see me if you want to do a project. You may be studying industrial design, creative technology, I-tech. A philosophical/theoretical project on embodiment and technology is also possible. If you are studying psychology and wish to investigate assistive technologies or if you want to do a design ethnography coming from anthropology or sociology, let me know. And if you have rapid prototyping skills (Arduino; 3d modeling and printing, programming skills) and you want to use these to design meaningful products supporting people in everyday life, do not hesitate to contact me, for example via:

Jelle.vandijk@utwente.nl.

Outside of university I have warm contacts with a number of health care institutions especially organizations involved in care at home, facilitated living, therapy, training, coaching and ambulant support. I am always interested in increasing our network of stakeholders and share and build knowledge together. Please send me an email if you are interested.

Publications

Recent
Waardenburg, T., van Huizen, N. , van Dijk, J., Dortmans, K., Magnee, M., Staal, W., Teunisse, J-P. , & van der Voort, M. (2022). Design Your Life: User-initiated design of technology to empower autistic young adults. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 16(3), 172-188. https://doi.org/10.1108/JET-11-2021-0064
van Huizen, J. C., Waardenburg, T. S. , van Dijk, J., Staal, W. , & van der Voort, M. C. (2022). Design your life: A toolkit that helps young autistic adults create their own supportive technologies. Abstract from Supporting Health by Technology 2022, Groningen, Netherlands.
Waardenburg, T. S. , van Huizen, J. C., Magnée, M. , van Dijk, J., Teunisse, J-P. , & van der Voort, M. C. (Accepted/In press). Meer autonomie door je eigen technologische omgeving te ontwerpen: Resultaten van tien casestudies. Poster session presented at 21ste Nationaal Autisme Congres 2022, Online.
Van Dijk, J. (2022). Zooming in on embodied social sensemaking: Mapping the design space in the context of videoconferencing. In TEI 2022 - Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction [3501324] (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3490149.3501324
Birhane, A. , van Dijk, J., & Pasquale, F. (2021). Debunking Robot Rights Metaphysically, Ethically, and Legally. Paper presented at We Robot, Miami, United States.
Waardenburg, T. , van Huizen, N. , van Dijk, J., Magnée, M., Staal, W., Teunisse, J-P. , & van der Voort, M. C. (2021). Design Your Life: User-Initiated Design of Technology to Support Independent Living of Young Autistic Adults. In M. M. Soares, E. Rosenzweig, & A. Marcus (Eds.), Design, User Experience, and Usability: Design for Diversity, Well-being, and Social Development (pp. 373-386). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; Vol. 12780). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-78224-5_26
Waardenburg, T. S., Magnée, M. , van Dijk, J., Teunisse, J-P. , & van der Voort, M. C. (Accepted/In press). Design Your Life: Co-designing maatwerktechnologie voor jongvolwassenen met autisme. Poster session presented at 20ste Nationaal Autisme Congres 2021.
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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W239
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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University of Twente
Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex  W239
P.O. Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands