Caroline C.M. Hummels

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“Doing science for society leads us to the question: what kind of society do we envision and want to support through science? We have to take an ethical stance.”

Research profile

Caroline Hummels is Full Professor in Design and Theory for Transformative Qualities. She is leading the Participatory Health and Wellbeing section of the Interdepartmental Strategic Area of Health, and is thought leader of Smart Societies within the TU/e Smart Cities Research program. Hummels has a background in industrial design. She uses design to research how the aesthetic qualities of materiality and interaction can transform and elevate personal and social ethics and related behavior. She uses embodied being-in-the-world theories to support transformative practices, mainly in the areas of resilience and wellbeing.

Hummels is a founder of the Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI) conference and a member of its steering committee. She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Design, chairman of MU Artspace, member of the advisory board of the Dutch Design Week and founder of the Studio for Transformative Practices in the Designhuis.

Academic background

Caroline Hummels holds cum laude MSc and PhD degrees in Industrial Design from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). After obtaining her PhD in 1993, she took a position as Assistant Professor in the Form Theory group at TU Delft. In 2006, she moved to Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) to take the position of Associate Professor in the Designing Quality in Interaction group and later of Full Professor. At TU/e, she also served as Director of Education of the Industrial Design department and, to this day, of Theme Leader of Participatory Health and Well-being. She is also owner of and designer at ID-dock design, research and advice center, supporting companies with creative and innovative methods and tools.

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Research Output 1997 2019

Data-enabled design : a situated design approach that uses data as creative material when designing for intelligent ecosystems

van Kollenburg, J. & Bogers, S. J. A., 28 Feb 2019, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 318 p.

Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)Academic

Open Access

The enriching limitations of the physical world

van Campenhout, L., Frens, J., Hummels, C., Standaert, A. & Peremans, H., 1 Feb 2019, In : Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 23, 1, p. 81-89

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review


A showcase of data-enabled design explorations

Bogers, S., Van Kollenburg, J., Rutjes, H., Deckers, E., Frens, J. & Hummels, C., 20 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, Vol. 2018-April, 4 p. D302

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

A situated exploration of designing for personal health ecosystems through data-enabled design

Bogers, S., van Kollenburg, J., Deckers, E., Frens, J. & Hummels, C., 8 Jun 2018, DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 109-120 12 p.

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

1 Citation (Scopus)

Designing an augmented print media system to promote social interaction in nursing homes: a preliminary study

Kang, K., Hu, J., Hengeveld, B. J. & Hummels, C. C. M., 2018, ChineseCHI '18 Proceedings of the Sixth International Symposium of Chinese CHI. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 76-83

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


Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Publication peer-review

Future Internet (Journal)

P. Marti (Editorial board member), C.J.P.G. Megens (Editorial board member), C.C.M. Hummels (Editorial board member)
2016 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-reviewScientific

Student theses

Acoustic clouds

Author: de Jong, F., 30 Apr 2011

Supervisor: Hummels, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Design for increased engagement to Household energy usage: the virtual energy frame

Author: Meijering, X., 31 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Hummels, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Designing a navigation system for the fire fighter of the future

Author: Visser, T., 31 Aug 2007

Supervisor: Eggen, J. (Supervisor 1), Frens, J. (Supervisor 2), Hummels, C. (Supervisor 2), Hu, J. (Supervisor 2) & Appleby, R. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master


Author: Hendrix, J., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1) & Hummels, C. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

El, electricity pet for your home

Author: Su, L., 31 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Hummels, C. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master