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Maarten Houben is a PhD Candidate at the Eindhoven University of Technology at the Department of Industrial Design and affiliated with TRANZO Scientific Center for Care and Wellbeing, Tilburg University. He also serves on the core team of the TU/e Expertise Center for Dementia & Technology. His PhD research focuses on investigating the beneficial effects of everyday sounds and soundscapes in technologies for dementia. He adopts a design research approach by closely involving end-users and key stakeholders such as people with dementia, their relatives, and care practitioners. Maarten holds a master’s degree in engineering sciences: architecture and gained research experience in interactive media architecture at the Research[x]Design group at KU Leuven. He is interested in designing ambient technologies and interactive spaces, that have a meaningful impact on vulnerable user groups. Maarten has published in international journals and peer-reviewed conferences such as ACM CHI, DIS, TEI and has received two Best Paper Awards. He also served on the program committee of CHI Late-Breaking Work (2021&2022) and the Dementia Lab Conference and has peer-reviewed for CHI, DIS, TEI, TBIT. With a background in architecture, engineering sciences, and design, Maarten adopts a multi-disciplinary approach for designing and researching novel technologies in everyday routines and real-life environments.
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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


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  • Best Paper Award CHI'20

    Houben, Maarten (Recipient), 2020

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific

  • Best Paper Award DIS'19

    Houben, Maarten (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: OtherCareer, activity or publication related prizes (lifetime, best paper, poster etc.)Scientific