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Maarten Houben is an Assistant Professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Department of Industrial Design and the TU/e Expertise Center for Dementia & Technology (ECDT). In 2022, he obtained his PhD cum laude by investigating the beneficial effects of everyday sounds and soundscapes in technologies for people with dementia. Maarten is passionate about designing and researching multisensory and tangible technologies that positively impact the wellbeing of vulnerable users or communities by providing social, sensory, and aesthetic enrichment during everyday life. Maarten holds a master’s degree in engineering sciences: architecture and gained research experience in Human-Computer Interaction and interactive media architecture at the Research[x]Design group at KU Leuven as a research assistant. In 2018, he started his PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology at the Department of Industrial Design and worked as a guest researcher at the TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University. He has published in peer-reviewed conferences and international journals such as ACM CHI, DIS, TEI, DRS and has received two Best Paper Awards. He served on the program committee of CHI Late-Breaking Work (2021&2022), is Co-Chair of the Late Breaking Work track at CHI’24. He is currently on the steering committee of the Dementia Lab Conference. With a background in architecture, engineering sciences, and design, he strives to research in multidisciplinary settings by designing and evaluating tangible design artefacts that provide rich multisensory experiences in everyday environments, such as people’s homes or public spaces, but also sensitive settings, such as care homes.

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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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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