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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

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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