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Personal profile


“I have long been fascinated by design, both in aesthetics and process, and software systems with all their complexities and inherent qualities.”

Research profile

Mathias Funk is Assistant Professor in the Future Everyday group of the department of Industrial Design. He leads the Things Ecology lab. In addition, he is the co-founder of UXsuite GmbH, a high-tech spin-off of Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He is interested in design theory and processes for systems, designing systems for musical expression, and designing with data. He has a background in computer science and electrical engineering. He is a versatile software engineer and designs tools for designers such as domain-specific languages and distributed systems frameworks.

Mathias Funk’s main research interest is how designers can design with and for data and systems behavior. He works primarily on design tools and the layers between engineering and modern industrial design. In addition, Funk researches new musical and visual expression, feedback and collaboration tools, and human values and sustainability issues in design.

Mathias Funk co-edited a special issue on ‘Designing for Systems of Smart Things’ for the International Journal of Design. Since 2012, he has been heading the development of the systems-communication framework OOCSI, used by hundreds of students internationally to design connected products and systems.

Academic background

Mathias Funk holds an MSc in Computer Science from RWTH Aachen, Germany, and got his PhD in Electrical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in 2011. His dissertation was on model-driven design of self-observing products. During his PhD, he was visiting researcher at Philips Consumer Electronics. He did a postdoc in the Department of Electrical Engineering at TU/e and another in TU/e’s Department of Industrial Design. He took the position of Assistant Professor in 2013. He has been Guest Lecturer at Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden), Jiangnan University (China), and TaiwanTech Taipei (Taiwan). Funk has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers in journals, conferences and workshops.

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Projects 2017 2019


Vos, S., Funk, M., van der Spek, E., Menheere, D., Brombacher, A., van der Avoird, M., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P. & Vos, S.


Project: Research directResearch


Research Output 2005 2020

Design labs for data-driven multivalence

Funk, M., 2020, Data-driven multivalence in the built environment. Biloria, N. (ed.). Cham: Springer, p. 207-222 (S.M.A.R.T. Environments)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Large scale systems
Open Access
project group


Funk, M., 22 May 2019

Research output: Non-textual formSoftwareAcademic

Open Access
Product design
Computer science

Peekaboo cam: designing an observational camera for home ecologies concerning privacy

Cheng, Y-T., Funk, M., Tsai, W-C. & Chen, L-L., 2019, DIS '19 Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 823-836 14 p.

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

Open Access

Visualizing event sequence game data to understand player's skill growth through behavior complexity

Li, W., Funk, M., Li, Q. & Brombacher, A., Aug 2019, In : Journal of Visualization. 22, 4, p. 833–850

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access


Learning analytics for Lix puzzle-game

Vahdat, M. (Creator), Carvalho, M. B. (Creator), Funk, M. (Creator), Rauterberg, M. (Creator), Hu, J. (Creator), Anguita, D. (Creator), EASY, 17 Jan 2017


Activities 2013 2013

  • 1 Membership of committee

IMEC (External organisation)

Mathias Funk (Member)
14 Jun 20134 Apr 2014

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

Press / Media

Get down with the digital

Mathias Funk


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

A new lighting experience system for the Philips Hue

Author: Muntinga, B. J., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Funk, M. (Supervisor 1), Hu, J. (Supervisor 2) & Rook, J. (External person) (External coach)

Student thesis: Bachelor

A self-sustaining social system at StudyPortals

Author: Praxová, L., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Funk, M. (Supervisor 1) & van Essen, H. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Bokeh: a communicative lighting system for managing domestic finance

Author: Hu, X., 31 Aug 2017

Supervisor: Funk, M. (Supervisor 1) & Wensveen, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Connected cycling

Author: Wolfs, B., 31 Jan 2014

Supervisor: Bruns, M. (Supervisor 1) & Funk, M. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Connect-S: integrating web-based information with today's society

Author: Giang, K., 2012

Supervisor: Funk, M. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Bachelor