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Research profile

Rens Brankaert is Assistant Professor of Active and Healthy Ageing with a specific interest in dementia in the systemic change group at Industrial Design. He set up and leads the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) expertise center for Dementia & Technology. He approaches technology design from a person-centered perspective, and is interested in the impact of design on the various stakeholders and organization in healthcare. To investigate this, he applies Living Lab methodology. Brankaert also works on vitality for office environments and elderly communities.

Academic background

Rens Brankaert studied Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). After obtaining his MSc in 2012, he went on to do his PhD research here as well, working on radical design approaches for people living with dementia. During his time as a PhD student, Brankaert also served as project lead in several health innovation projects for Optistaff BV, in close collaboration with Slimmer Leven 2020 and Brainport Development. In 2016, he was offered the Assistant Professor position he still holds today, where he focuses on embedding the Living Lab approach to support health innovation.

Affiliated with

    • Pleyade
    • Slimmer Leven 2020


    • GGZE
    • Tilburg University
    • Archipel
    • Luckt
    • Brainport
    • Qwiek
    • Active cues
    • Vilans

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Research Output

Innovate dementia: the development of a living lab protocol to evaluate interventions in context

Brankaert, R., Den Ouden, P. H. & Brombacher, A. C., 8 Jun 2015, In : Info. 17, 4, p. 40-52 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

  • 8 Citations (Scopus)
    9 Downloads (Pure)

    The design-driven living lab: a new approach to exploring solutions to complex societal challenges

    Brankaert, R. G. A. & den Ouden, P. H., Jan 2017, In : Technology Innovation Management Review. 7, 1, p. 44-51 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • FLOW pillow: exploring sitting experience towards active ageing

    Ren, X., Visser, V. J. J., Lu, Y., Brankaert, R. G. A., Offermans, S. A. M. & Nagtzaam, H. A. H., Sep 2016, MobileHCI'16, 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services Adjunct, 6-9, 2016, Florence, Italy. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, p. 706-713 8 p.

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

  • 6 Citations (Scopus)
    4 Downloads (Pure)

    Design for dementia : a design-driven living lab approach to involve people with dementia and their context

    Brankaert, R., 2 Mar 2016, Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. 261 p.

    Research output: ThesisPhd Thesis 1 (Research TU/e / Graduation TU/e)

    Open Access
    5 Citations (Scopus)
    17 Downloads (Pure)


    Slimmer Leven 2020

    Rens Brankaert (Member)
    2016 → …

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancyProfessional

    conference; 6th International Work-Conference, UCAmI - IWAAL, 2014, Belfast, UK; 2014-12-02; 2014-12-05

    Rens Brankaert (Participant)
    1 Jan 2014

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesConferenceScientific


    Project 1 Design

    1/09/15 → …


    Project 2 Design

    1/09/15 → …


    Project 2 Design Research

    1/09/15 → …


    Press / Media

    Empathisch ontwerpen voor mensen met dementie middels techniek

    Rens Brankaert


    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Student theses

    Beepless: a user-centered design project into how calm technology can improve hospital alarms

    Author: Cabral Guerra, M., 2018

    Supervisor: Bakker, S. (Supervisor 1), Brankaert, R. (Supervisor 2) & Kommers, D. (External coach)

    Student thesis: Master

    BoBo: process and product report

    Author: Coppelmans, T., 2015

    Supervisor: Brankaert, R. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Bachelor


    Author: Bolk, J., Jun 2018

    Supervisor: Delbressine, F. (Supervisor 1) & Brankaert, R. (Supervisor 2)

    Student thesis: Bachelor

    Don't forget me, yet: a master thesis on design for dementia

    Author: Brankaert, R., 31 Aug 2012

    Supervisor: den Ouden, P. (Supervisor 1)

    Student thesis: Master