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“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. 

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Projects 2017 2019

Nano4Sports

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

KU Leuven

1/01/1731/12/19

Project: Research direct

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Research Output 2012 2019

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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

Taxonomies
Testing
Serious games

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. van der Spek, E., Göbel, S., Do, E. Y-L., Clua, E. & Baalsrud Hauge, J. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, p. 97-110 14 p.

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

Pain
Aviation
Snow
Acute Pain
Costs and Cost Analysis

Enhancing lasting physical activity through design

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

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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

Feedback
Touch screens
Augmented reality
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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
Augmented reality
Students

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