Research Overview

My research focuses on the intersection of the Internet of Things (IoT) and design. Data, algorithms, blockchains and smart contracts are emerging as key building blocks for "intelligent" products and services. How can designers effectively marshal these new design materials for product development? How can we understand and ensure accountability, transparency and sustainability of the Internet of Things and "intelligent" products and services? The research is embedded in the Responsible Data-Centric Design Lab of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, and in the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions.  


Project: IoT Rapid Proto Labs  

IoT Rapid-Proto Labs is a European transnational project bringing Higher Education Institutions and businesses together to accelerate Internet of Things (IoT) product development. The project creates and implements a multidisciplinary (ICT, Design and Electrical Engineering) course curriculum which is focused on real problem-based activities (innovative IoT product development for SME’s/Start-ups).

Consortium partners: Haaga-Helia, Universiteit Leiden, Houston Inc Consulting, Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Fondazione Bruno Kessler, 247Grad Gmbh, Technische Universiteit Delft (Erasmus+ Website


Project: Smarter Bridge

In the BRIDE-project (Bridging Data in the Built Environment), a team of philosophers, designers and computer scientists investigates how a 3D bridge can enhance citizens’ experience of “cityness”. The bridge, which is equipped with sensors, can respond to citizens’ interaction with the bridge. This will allow for the creation of new forms of smart urban space. 

Consortium partners: MX3D, TU Delft, Twente University, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Foundation for Responsible Robotics (NWO Website).



Graduation Project: Algorithmic Accountability for Intelligent EV Charging (Laurien Albeda, 2018)

Energy companies are proposing the use of intelligent algorithms to optimise electric vehicle charging infrastructures. This graduation project investigates accountability and governance issues of intelligent charging algorithms by EV owners and city stakeholders.


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Graduation Project: A Luminous Data Skin for a 3D-Printed Smart Bridge (Juline Wilkinson and Ruben Baldewsing, 2018)

MX3D and Autodesk are developing a 3D printed sensor-augmented smart bridge which will cross one of Amsterdam’s canals in the old city center. This graduation project explores the meaning of bridge sensor data for lay-people (residents, tourists, children) and designs a luminous data skin for public visualisation of sensor data.  


Graduation Project: The Quantified Wheelchair (Songshan Liu, 2018) 

This graduation project uses a Research-through-Design approach to explore self-tracking technologies for wheelchair users with a focus on posture recognition. The outcome is the conceptual design and prototype of a smart wheelchair.

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Graduation Project: Regaining Control of Personal Data (Steve Jonk, 2018)

Schluss is a Dutch initiative with the goal of developing a digital safe for personal data. This graduation project explores how individuals can take control of their personal data and designs the user experience of a personal data store. The project emprically investigates value of a personal data stores for users and explores issues of  informed consent, data sharing and trust.


Graduation Project: Enhancing Wheelchair Sports Performance with Personal Data Analytics (Dima Politin, 2018)

This graduation project investigates meaningful data experiences for wheelchair athletes to enhance individual sports performance. The project conducts user research to understand opportunities for wheelchair data analytics in sports and focuses on kinematic wheelchair data to design effective data visualisations.



Graduation Project: QuantiFire: Empowering Firefighters with Wearable Technology and Data Analytics (Olivier van Nieuwmegen, 2017)

The QuantiFire graduation project investigates how wearable sensors and data analytics can help firefighters at Schiphol Airport to be more effective and reduce their own health risks. Through a participatory design approach with front-line firefighters and managers at Schiphol airport, a personal wearable device and personal health app for firefighters was developed to predict heat illnesses and improve awareness and self-management of heat related illnesses.


Graduation Project: Pay-per-use Models for the Circular Economy (Diana Gonzalez, 2017)

Homie is a Dutch startup that offers Pay-Per-Use Home Appliances rental service to deliver sustainability benefits across product life cycles. This graduation project explores pay-per-use models for Smart Product Service System and designs the user experience for a smart connected washing machine.  

Graduation Project: Connected Bicycle Light (Joeri de Graaf, 2017)

Swapfiets is a rapidly growing bike-sharing company in the Netherlands. This graduation project develops a bicycle sensor platform to collect location and usage data from bicycle and develops a location-aware bicycle repair and maintenance application.  

Graduation Project: Envision:
Enabling Vision for the Visually Impaired (Karthik Mahadevan, 2017)

Envision is a wearable camera that allows visually impaired users to capture images of their surroundings, extract relevant information and convert it into a textual overlay. The device uses articial intelligence techniques for scene recogniotion and real-world augmentation.