I am a researcher at the Human Media Interaction (HMI) group of the University of Twente. I received an MSc degree in Human Media Interaction and an MSc in Industrial Design Engineering (Emerging Technology Design track), and a PhD on my work on "(Steering) Interactive Play Behavior". I focus my research on interactive whole body interaction and persuasion during play, where we look at various contexts from stimulating movement to transforming social interactions, and from doing this for children to elderly.
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I am currently employed as a assistant professor at HMI & CreaTe. The educational activities mainly involve Bachelor's students from Creative Technology and Master's students from the Human Media Interaction programme at the University of Twente. In have taught the course Game Design and am part of Interactive Media module and the module Intelligent Interaction Design. This latter module is related to UX and focuses on grounded design decisions and evaluations of interactive systems. I am also one of the main teachers in the master course Experience Design for Interaction.
I (co-)supervise a number of BSc and MSc students on topics related to interactive play and gaming. In total I have currently tutored numerous (>60) student projects, 10 Bachelor's theses (Creative Technology, Technical Computer Science , Atlas, and Biomedical Technology), and Master's thesis projects (Interaction Technology, Computer Science /data science, Educational Science, and some from Technical Medicine), from which several have led to peer-reviewed (full) papers. Occasionally I also give guest lectures on other topics, such as designing for people with special needs, using embodied interaction for teaching, or the use of pervasive technology.
Specific contexts I currently work on include inclusive cultural heritage experiences, sports HCI, and sportification and steering whole-body interactions for healthy living.