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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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Projects 2017 2021

Everyday Sounds of Dementia

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., Eggen, J. H. (., Bakker, S., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Houben, M., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


Project: Research direct


Dementia Dynamics in Design (DDD) 40-44300-98-117

Gerrits, E., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Thoolen, M., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


Project: Research direct

ProVita KIC Health 17288

Brombacher, A. C., Lu, Y., Valk, C. A. L., Damen, A. A. J. M. (., Gerrits, E., Vos, S. B., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Brankaert, R. G. A. & Brankaert, R. G. A.


Project: Research direct

Research Output 2011 2020

8 Citations (Scopus)
9 Downloads (Pure)

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


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
Cluster analysis
Acoustic waves
6 Citations (Scopus)
4 Downloads (Pure)

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

Aging of materials

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)
16 Downloads (Pure)

Activities 2014 2016

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

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: Guerra, M. C., 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