• Laplace 32, Laplace

    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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Human computer interaction Engineering & Materials Science
Biofeedback Engineering & Materials Science
User interfaces Engineering & Materials Science
User Experience Mathematics
Health Engineering & Materials Science
IPTV Engineering & Materials Science
Display devices Engineering & Materials Science
Feedback Engineering & Materials Science

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Anouk M. Adank-Heij

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Jorge Alves Lino

Person: Prom. : doctoral candidate (PhD)

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Yasemin S. Arslan, MSc

Person: OWP : University Teacher / Researcher


Projects 2011 2021

Everyday Sounds of Dementia

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., Eggen, J. H. (., Bakker, S., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Houben, M., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


Project: Research direct


Dementia Dynamics in Design (DDD) 40-44300-98-117

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Thoolen, M., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


Project: Research direct


Bekker, M. M. (., Lu, Y., Lu, Y., Valk, C. A. L., van der Avoird, M., Chuang , Y., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Damen, A. A. J. M. (. & Wintermans, M. C.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 1989 2020

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 International Publishing Switzerland, p. 257-273 17 p. (Intelligent Systems Reference Library; vol. 167).

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

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leisure time
intrinsic motivation
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Digital Libraries
6 Downloads (Pure)

Children’s reflection-in-action during collaborative design-based learning

Zhang, Z., Bekker, T., Markopoulos, P. & Brok, P. D., 1 Jan 2020, The Challenges of the Digital Transformation in Education - Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL2018. Tsiatsos, T. & Auer, M. E. (eds.). Cham: Springer, Vol. 1. p. 790-800 11 p. (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; vol. 916).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review



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

Activities 1999 2019

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

Dementia Lab 2019

Maarten Houben (Organiser)
21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

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