M.M. (Tilde) Bekker

prof.dr.ir., Professor

  • 1094 Citations
1990 …2020

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Personal profile


“We assume that people can be seduced to certain activities if the design incorporates playful features, such as appealing to curiosity and providing challenges.”

Research profile

Tilde Bekker is Professor of Digital Technologies for Playfulness and Motivation. Bekker is interested in designing playful interactions between multiple people and multiple objects in contexts of play, health and learning. Bekker's research interests include designing intelligent playful solutions for children and older adults, developing and evaluating design techniques for involving users in (early) design and providing support for design practitioners for selecting and tailoring design techniques to specific design projects.

She teaches and does research in the area of interaction design for children and elderly; more specifically, on user centered design methods, designing for physical and social activities and designing for playful learning. She has a background in industrial and interaction design, with a focus on conducting theory-informed design research.

Bekker developed the Developmentally Situated Design tool (with Professor Alissa Antle, SFU, Canada) now used by many international universities to teach Interaction Design and Children and which won a best-practice award in 2014. She is co-editing a special issue on values and assumptions about children in design for the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction.

Academic background

Tilde Bekker obtained her MSc and later her PhD in Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology. She defended her dissertation about user interface design practice in 1995. After a postdoc at the University of London, UK, Bekker settled at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) - first as Assistant Professor, then as manager of the educational domain of Playful Interactions and currently as Associate Professor. In December of 2017, she was awarded a Honorary Professorship at the Lab for Design and Play of Designskolen Kolding, Denmark, for her collaboration on education and research there.

Bekker has been a long-term editorial board member for the International Journal of Child Computer Interaction. She is very active in organizing international conferences and workshops on computer-human interaction.

Affiliated with

  • TU Delft
  • Designskolen Kolding
  • Simon Fraser University

External positions

Honorary Professor, Design School Kolding

1 Dec 2017 → …

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Research Output

The influence of the level of free-choice learning activities on the use of an educational computer game

Barendregt, W. & Bekker, M. M., 2011, In : Computers and Education. 56, 1, p. 80-90 11 p.

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  • 21 Citations (Scopus)
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    Playful persuasion to support older adults’ social and physical activities

    Romero Herrera, N. A., Sturm, J., Bekker, M. M., Valk, de, L. C. T. & Kruitwagen, S., 2010, In : Interacting with Computers. 22, 6, p. 485-495 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    45 Citations (Scopus)
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    Designing playful interactions for social interaction and physical play

    Bekker, M. M., Sturm, J. A. & Eggen, J. H., 2010, In : Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. 14, 5, p. 385-396

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  • 97 Citations (Scopus)
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    Development and evaluation of the problem identification picture cards method

    Barendregt, W., Bekker, M. M. & Baauw, E., 2008, In : Cognition, Technology & Work. 10, 2, p. 95-105

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  • 33 Citations (Scopus)
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    Children’s emotions in design-based learning: a systematic review

    Zhang, F., Markopoulos, P. & Bekker, M. M. T., 6 May 2020, In : Journal of Science Education and Technology. 29, 4, p. 459-481 23 p.

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    Best practice award for design targeted at vulnerable generations (DEVICE Project) - children and elderly people: for the "Developmentally Situated design (DSD) cards",

    Tilde Bekker (Recipient), 2014

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

    Designing for playful experiences in open-ended intelligent play environments

    Tilde Bekker (Recipient), 18 Jul 2012

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

  • Curiosity and interaction: making people curious systems

    Tilde Bekker (Recipient), 4 Jul 2011

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


    4th ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, CHI PLAY 2017

    Tilde Bekker (Member of programme committee)
    15 Oct 201718 Oct 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific

    H2020 Proposal on teaching children design thinking and entrepreneural skills (External organisation)

    Tilde Bekker (Member)
    Nov 2016Feb 2017

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committeeScientific

    Invited talk, UCL, London, UK, Teaching Design Thinking in schools (November 2016).

    Tilde Bekker (Speaker)
    Nov 2016

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesContributed talkScientific

    Student theses


    Author: van Reijmersdal, R., 2016

    Supervisor: Levy, P. (Supervisor 1) & Bekker, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Activitijd : a design to help high school pupils set goals, plan and reflect

    Author: Bakvis, A., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1) & Levy, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Adaptive lighting systems: applying adaptive lighting in office meeting rooms

    Author: Brugmans, M., 30 Nov 2010

    Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1) & Ross, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Afya: design to improve maternal health by enhancing mutual understanding in Kenyan Antenatal Care Consultations

    Author: van Kollenburg, J., 31 Aug 2013

    Supervisor: Bekker, M. (Supervisor 1), Docampo Rama, M. (External person) (External coach) & Markopoulos, P. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master

    Alles maalt

    Author: Brink, E., 10 Oct 2014

    Supervisor: Rozendaal, M. (Supervisor 1) & Bekker, M. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Master