• Atlas 7.106, Atlas

    5612 AZ Eindhoven


  • P.O. Box 513, Department of Industrial Design

    5600 MB Eindhoven


Organization profile

Introduction / mission

Systemic Change uses Design and Technology to study socio-technical systems at the level of a community, by designing technology-enabled interventions addressing societal challenges and analysing their effect on the eco-system.

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investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges

Organisational profile

The cluster Systemic Change investigates technological interventions in the context of contemporary societal challenges. In cross-disciplinary teams of specialists and stakeholders, we envision and create socio-technical systems operating in near real-life ecosystems and study their effects in the short and long term. In the socio-technological systems, we utilize emerging technologies such as ICT, Big Data, AI, sensors and actuators. We use the aesthetics of interaction of the users with the socio-technical systems to evoke change and we underpin the desired change by applying ethical frameworks and theories from social sciences and humanities. Using a research through design approach, we develop methods, tools, platforms and field labs that support the co-creation and analysis processes. These can subsequently be repurposed by the cross-disciplinary stakeholders in their own practice.

We design, describe and analyse systems that typically intervene on the scale of medium-sized groups (commonly between 50 and 5000 people) with a given social relation, such as neighbourhoods, social groups, clubs, patient groups, etc. We closely cooperate with members of these groups, other multi-helix stakeholders that have an interest in the intervention, and specialists from other fields. 

We analyse quantitative and qualitative data directly obtained in Experiential Design Landscapes (EDLs) or other field labs via direct sensing and monitoring, complemented with empirical field research such as ethnography and contextual interviews. We search for patterns that can explain and monitor key aspects for systemic change, which are translated into experiential probes and systems to influence values and behaviour at a community level. The resulting knowledge includes, on the one hand, theories, frameworks, models and exemplars explaining and guiding systemic change and, on the other, methodologies, tools, field labs and co-creation spaces to explore and investigate systemic change.

In order to create impact, we currently limit ourselves to three contexts: Vitality, the Health Continuum and Social Resilience. These contexts are strongly related to internationally targeted societal challenges with funding opportunities such as Horizon 2020 and the Dutch National Research Agendas. For these three contexts we already have a number of field labs in place, such as Genneper Parken, ENSAFE Community Lab and Studio for Connected Society. Future additional application areas and field labs are currently being considered (e.g. 21st century education). In addition we have built strong regional and national networks with social groups, stakeholders, institutes and specialists, including Máxima Medical Centre, Fontys University of applies sciences, Philips Design, Province Noord-Brabant and Utrecht University.

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    Anouk M. Adank-Heij

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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    Siti A.B. Anas

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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    Dennis Arts, MoS

    Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)



    Everyday Sounds of Dementia

    Schoumacher, J., Eggen, J. H. (., Bakker, S., Houben, M., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


    Project: Research direct


    Research Output

    A framework designing for story sharing of the elderly: from design opportunities to concept selection

    Li, C., Hu, J., Hengeveld, B. & Hummels, C., 2020, Intelligent Human Systems Integration - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Intelligent Human Systems Integration IHSI 2020: Integrating People and Intelligent Systems. Ahram, T., Karwowski, W., Vergnano, A., Leali, F. & Taiar, R. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 810-815 6 p. (Advances in intelligent systems and computing book series; vol. 111).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademic

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    6 Downloads (Pure)

    A Personalized eHealth Intervention for Lifestyle Changes in Patients With Cardiovascular Disease: Randomized Controlled Trial: Randomized Controlled Trial

    Broers, E. R., Kop, W. J., Denollet, J., Widdershoven, J., Wetzels, M., Ayoola, I., Piera-Jimenez, J. & Habibovic, M., 22 May 2020, In : Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22, 5, 12 p., e14570.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Applying design methods to promote older adults’ walking activities based on their hobbies and personal interests

    den Haan, M. C., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Lu, Y., 2020, Design of assistive technology for ageing populations. Woodcock, A., Moody, L., McDonagh, D., Jain, A. & Jain, L. C. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 257-273 17 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)


    2nd place Social Media Monitor award

    Jorge Alves Lino (Recipient), 2013

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional

    Best Data Driven Innovation - Honourable Mention

    Xipei Ren (Recipient), 21 Nov 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best New Media Production

    Jorge Alves Lino (Recipient), 2015

    Prize: OtherDiscipline relatedProfessional


    Meaningful Technology: in search of the lost meaning?

    Carine Lallemand (Speaker)
    13 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesKeynote talkProfessional

    Volop in beweging: draagbare technologie en interdisciplinaire samenwerking

    Dennis Arts (Speaker)
    7 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    4th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2019

    Maarten Houben (Organiser)
    21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    Press / Media

    Corrections & Clarifications 2016

    Regina Bernhaupt


    8 items of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    TU/e starts joint research institute with Zhejiang University

    Jun Hu, Uzay Kaymak & Yuqing Jiao


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Student theses

    Active workspace: towards an active lifestyle in the work environment

    Author: van Veen, T., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Peters, P. (Supervisor 1) & van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Activitijd : a design to help high school pupils set goals, plan and reflect

    Author: Bakvis, A., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1) & Levy, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    A different perspective on vitality

    Author: Kool, N. M., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Megens, C. (Supervisor 1) & Delbressine, F. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor