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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.

Education and Teaching

Squad: Artifice


Research focus, project topics I like to coach
I would like to coach projects designing with data and AI. If they want to work on the data foundry or OOCSI, short for “Out of Control for Semantic Interactivity”, that is also very welcome.

Vision on education, coaching style
“I expect that master students act like master students, so they are self- directed, academically responsible.  They ask the questions. I would like to work with curious people and then I can give the right pointers, I’d rather not have to do too much ‘hand-holding’, although some students do need that, especially when they are new to the ID system.”


Examples of exemplary graduation projects by students I coached
Lei Nelissen: Aeon - Get a grip on your personal information
Sanne van der Linden: Visualizing Medical Narratives from Electronic Health Records to Improve the Medical Decision Making by Reducing the Overload of Data
Haoyu Dong: Exploratory Design for Haptic Symbols: On-body Vibrotactile Pattern to Convey Specific Information

 

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 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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