• 554 Citations
20122019

Research output per year

If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

Quote

“Researching game and play design, I try to put the fun in functional.”

Research profile

Erik van der Spek is Assistant Professor of Game and Play Design. He is the chair of the Industrial Design (ID) Department Council and secretary of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee on Entertainment Computing (TC14). He also leads the ID Play Lab. His research interests are the design of games and play for entertainment, learning, vitality and empathy. From playful interaction to immersive VR experiences, Van der Spek tries to discover the elements that engage us to construct imaginary magic circles, to have cathartic mediated presence experiences in fantasy environments, and that stimulate us to see the world in a newfound light.

In addition to his TC14 work, Van der Spek has been the student game competition chair for CHI Play and supervises more than 60 student games per year, some of which have won national or international prizes and recognition.

Academic background

Erik van der Spek holds an MSc in Game Technology (2007) and a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (2011) from Utrecht University. Immediately after obtaining his doctorate, Van der Spek joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) as Assistant Professor. He also founded game design consultancy firm Game Descience in 2013. 

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Erik D. van der Spek is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • 1 Similar Profiles

Network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Projects

Nano4Sports

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

1/01/1731/12/19

Project: Research direct

File

Research Output

A classification of fantasy in serious games

Zuo, T., Feijs, L., van der Spek, E. D. & Hu, J., 17 Oct 2019, CHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 821-828 8 p.

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

  • 3 Downloads (Pure)

    Designing a VR experience to reduce the experience of pain: scare, excite or relax?

    van der Spek, E. D. & Roelofs, L. P. M., 2019, Entertainment Computing and Serious Games - 1st IFIP TC 14 Joint International Conference, ICEC-JCSG 2019, Proceedings. van der Spek, E., Göbel, S., Do, E. Y-L., Clua, E. & Baalsrud Hauge, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 97-110 14 p. (ENTERTAINMENT COMPUTING AND SERIOUS GAMES, ICEC-JCSG 2019).

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

  • Enhancing lasting physical activity through design

    Menheere, D., Funk, M., van der Spek, E. D. & Vos, S. B., 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

    Open Access
    File

    Exploring tangible interaction and diegetic feedback in an ar math game for children

    Li, J., van der Spek, E., Hu, J. & Feijs, L., 12 Jun 2019, Proceedings of the 18th ACM International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, IDC 2019. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 580-585 6 p.

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

  • 14 Downloads (Pure)

    MathBuilder: A collaborative AR math game for elementary school students

    van der Stappen, A., Liu, Y., Xu, J., Yu, X., Li, J. & Van Der Spek, E. D., 17 Oct 2019, CHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 731-738 8 p. (CHI PLAY 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play).

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

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    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

    Babel library

    Author: Yu, Y., 31 Jan 2017

    Supervisor: van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 1) & Brombacher, A. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    BRIDGE: connecting children with different backgrounds

    Author: Smets, J. H., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 1) & Chuang, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Chameleon

    Author: Olivier, F., 2016

    Supervisor: van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 1) & Lu, Y. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Changing perspectives

    Author: Loeffen, T., Jun 2017

    Supervisor: van der Spek, E. (Supervisor 1) & Martens, J. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor