Projects per year
“I have long been fascinated by design, both in aesthetics and process, and software systems with all their complexities and inherent qualities.”
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.
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.
Research Output per year
Addressing the need to capture scenarios, intentions and preferences: interactive intentional programming in the smart homeFunk, M., Chen, L. L., Yang, S. W. & Chen, Y. K., 1 Apr 2018, In : International Journal of Design. 12, 1, p. 53-66 14 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Conference contribution › Academic › peer-review
Research output: Thesis › Pd Eng Thesis › Other research output
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review article › Academic › peer-review
Communicating system behavior with ambient light: From complex control system behavior to ambient lighting patternsChuang, Y., Funk, M. & Chen, L., 27 Nov 2018 1 p.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Poster › Academic
Vahdat, M. (Creator), Oneto, L. (Creator), UCI Machine Learning Repository, 24 Sep 2015
Activities per year
Student thesis: Bachelor
Student thesis: Master
Supervisor: Funk, M. (Supervisor 1)
Student thesis: Bachelor