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“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 Associate 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 has a background 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 was appointed Assistant Professor in 2013 and Associate Professor in 2019. He has been Guest Lecturer at Umeå Institute of Design (Sweden), Jiangnan University (China), and TaiwanTech Taipei (Taiwan). Funk has published over 90 peer-reviewed papers in journals, conferences and workshops.

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Projects 2017 2019


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

KU Leuven


Project: Research direct


Research Output 2005 2020

1 Downloads (Pure)

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
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AffectiveWall: Designing Collective Stress-Related Physiological Data Visualization for Reflection

Xue, M., Liang, R-H., Yu, B., Funk, M., Hu, J. & Feijs, L., 2019, In : IEEE Access. 7, p. 131289-131303 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Data visualization
Display devices

Connected peekaboo toolkit: exploring privacy-aware data collection at home

Cheng, Y-T., Funk, M. & Chen, L-L., 12 Nov 2019, p. 1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access

Data foundry: a data infrastructure for design research

Funk, M., Chiang, E. & van der Born, E. J., 12 Nov 2019, p. 1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access

Enhancing lasting physical activity through design

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

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterAcademic

Open Access


Learning analytics for Lix puzzle-game

Vahdat, M. (Creator), Carvalho, M. B. (Creator), Funk, M. (Creator), Rauterberg, G. W. 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

M. Funk & Bart J. Hengeveld


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