Aarnout C. Brombacher

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  • 1252 Citations
1993 …2019
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Personal profile

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“I want to translate human activity data into something useful for people, so they can be more active, recover in responsible ways and use that as motivation to stay active.”

Research profile

Aarnout Brombacher is Full Professor of Design Theory and Information Flow Analysis. Brombacher has an interest in field-data analysis of complex systems in interaction with users and user communities, data analytics and the resulting customer perceived design quality models. His early career at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) focused on quality and reliability management, both in the Department of Industrial Design and the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He has extensive experience in industrial quality and reliability improvement projects and developing tools and analysis methods for this field.

Later, his interests shifted to sports, activity and human health, using the increasingly available amounts of individual activity data to help create opportunities for more people to become active. He is currently member of the National TopTeam (advisory body of the Dutch government) on Sports and Vitality representing the 14 Dutch universities in this field.

Academic background

Aarnout Brombacher holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Engineering Science, all from Twente University of Technology. He was appointed Full Professor at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 1993. He has also worked as a senior consultant for the Reliability section of Philips CFT Development Support.

Brombacher is a prolific author, having authored and co-authored over 100 journal papers. Together with Doug Montgomery, Brombacher is chief-editor of the journal Quality and Reliability Engineering International. Brombacher was Dean of the Industrial Design department between 2010 and 2018 and, in addition, Vice-Rector of TU/e International Relations between 2012 and 2016. Brombacher was Distinguished Visiting Professor and Adjunct Professor at the National University of Singapore between 1998 and 2006. 

Affiliated with

  • National University of Singapore

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • Philips

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Projects 2017 2019

Nano4Sports

Vos, S. B., Funk, M., van der Spek, E. D., Menheere, D., Brombacher, A. C., van der Avoird, M., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P. & Vos, S. B.

1/01/1731/12/19

Project: Research direct

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ProVita KIC Health 17288

Brombacher, A. C., Lu, Y., Valk, C. A. L., Damen, A. A. J. M. (., Gerrits, E., Vos, S. B., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.

1/01/1731/12/17

Project: Research direct

Research Output 1993 2019

84 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Dealing with subjectivity in early product design phase: a systematic approch to exploit QFD potentials

Raharjo, H., Brombacher, A. C. & Xie, M., 2008, In : Computers & Industrial Engineering. 55, 1, p. 253-278 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Quality function deployment
Product design
Benchmarking
Product development
Feedback
59 Citations (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Quality and reliability problems from a consumer's perspective: an increasing problem overlooked by businessess?

Ouden, den, P. H., Lu, Y., Sonnemans, P. J. M. & Brombacher, A. C., 2006, In : Quality and Reliability Engineering International. 22, 7, p. 821-838 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Consumer electronics
Electronics industry
Product development
Industry
Specifications
68 Citations (Scopus)

A dynamic model for managing overlapped iterative product development

Lin, J., Chai, K. H., Wong, Y. S. & Brombacher, A. C., 2008, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 185, 1, p. 378-392

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Product Development
Product development
Development Process
Process Model
Dynamic models
62 Citations (Scopus)

Prioritizing quality characteristics in dynamic quality function deployment

Raharjo, H., Xie, M. & Brombacher, A. C., 2006, In : International Journal of Production Research. 44, 23, p. 5005-5018 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Quality function deployment
Customer satisfaction
Sensitivity analysis
Mathematical models
Specifications
51 Citations (Scopus)

Managing product reliability in business processes 'under pressure'

Brombacher, A. C., Sander, P. C., Sonnemans, P. J. M. & Rouvroye, J. L., 2005, In : Reliability Engineering and System Safety. 88, 2, p. 137-146

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Activities 1993 1994

  • 8 Contributed talk

Utrecht

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1 Oct 1994

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London

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1 Jun 1994

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Glasgow

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1994

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Anaheim, CA, USA, 1994

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1994

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Singapore

Aarnout Brombacher (Speaker)
1993

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Student theses

A case study into increasing warranty costs in the Lighting Electronics industry

Author: van de Wijdeven, A., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Brombacher, A. (Supervisor 1) & den Ouden, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

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A method for dynamic system robust design

Author: Bisschops, J. W., 30 Jun 2001

Supervisor: Brombacher, A. (Coach) & Jayaram, J. (External person) (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

An evaluation of a concept for reliability prediction and optimization through degradation analysis and robust design

Author: van Hoorn, M., 28 Feb 2003

Supervisor: Brombacher, A. (Supervisor 1), Kok, J. (Supervisor 2), Schouten, M. (Supervisor 2), Rouvroye, J. (Supervisor 2), Jayaram, J. (External person) (Supervisor 2), van den Boogaard, J. (External person) (Supervisor 2) & Hulsken, G. (External person) (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master