Lin-Lin Chen


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“Smart objects need to be supporting our lives, not running our lives. They should observe our daily behavior and understand what would be a good reaction and when.”

Research profile

Lin-Lin Chen is Full Professor and chair of Design Innovation Strategy. Chen is dean of the Industrial Design Department. Chen conducts research on user interfaces for the Internet of Things, design innovation strategy and aesthetics of forms and intelligence. Her research focuses on product aesthetics, design innovation and interaction design for smart things. With emerging computing, wireless sensing and other emerging technologies, product behavior now goes beyond shapes and immediate reactions to the domains of time, movement and expression.

Chen is editor-in-chief of International Journal of Design (SCI, SSCI, AHCI). Together with dr. Yaliang Chuang, she started the journal from scratch and built it into one of the top journals in design.

Academic background

Lin-Lin Chen obtained her BSc degree in Industrial Design from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, in 1984 and her PhD in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA, in 1992. Since then, she has held a position as Professor at the Department of Design at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST). In 2012, she took on the position of Adjunct Professor at National Taiwan University. She joined Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2013 as Full Professor at the Department of Industrial Design. Chen is president elect of the International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR). She was dean of the college of design at NTUST from 2004 to 2010, president of the Chinese Institute of Design from 2007 to 2008, and convener for the arts (and design) area committee of Taiwan’s National Science Council from 2009 to 2011.

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure


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