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“Intelligent systems have the potential to contribute to the reduction of physical inactivity. However, this requires a distinctive approach and envisioning of societal and personal needs.”

Research profile

Steven Vosis part-time Professor of Design and Analysis of Intelligent Systems for Vitality and Leisure Time Sports. He is head of the research group ‘Move to Be’ at the School of Sports Studies, Fontys University of Applied Sciences. He is also part of the Policy in Sports and Physical Activity Research Group at KU Leuven, Belgium. Vos is interested in designing tailored services and products to improve sports, physical activity and vitality, taking into account individual, social and environmental factors. He aims to improve public health by offering people, especially the very heterogenous group of less experienced athletes, personalized and smart tools to help them get and keep moving.

Vos has contributed to establish sports & vitality as one of the strategic research and design topics of the department, both in terms of internal profiling (through projects and the Roadmap Human Technology for Vital People) and external profiling (through co-authoring the Dutch national research agenda on sports & exercise, supporting the Vitality Academy, and setting up living labs).

Academic background

Steven Vos holds a master’s degree in Social Psychology from KU Leuven, Belgium, and also completed his PhD research in Kinesiology and Sport Policy there over a decade later. He worked at KU Leuven in a variety of positions and spent several years as a research manager at the Accessibility Expertise Center in Belgium before joining Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Currently, he is still a research fellow at KU Leuven, while also holding a professorship at Fontys and a Full Professorship at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).

Affiliated with

  • Fontys University of Applied Sciences
  • Data Science Center Eindhoven - Quantified Self research program
  • Vitality Academy (Utrecht University – TU/e)

Partners in (semi-)industry

  • 2M Engineering
  • Golazo SX
  • Imec NL

External positions

Lector Move to Be, Fontys University of Applied Sciences - School of Sport Studies

1 Apr 2013 → …

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sport Earth & Environmental Sciences
Sports Social Sciences
sports club Social Sciences
expenditure Earth & Environmental Sciences
participation Social Sciences
sports facility Earth & Environmental Sciences
physical education Social Sciences
Belgium Social Sciences

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Projects 2017 2019

ProVita KIC Health 17288

Brombacher, A., Lu, Y., Valk, C., Damen, I., Gerrits, E., Vos, S., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P., Brankaert, R. & Brankaert, R.


Project: Research direct


Vos, S., Funk, M., van der Spek, E., Menheere, D., Brombacher, A., van der Avoird, M., Schoumacher, J., van Mierlo, P., van Mierlo, P. & Vos, S.


Project: Research directResearch


Research Output 2001 2019

16 Citations (Scopus)

Who uses running apps and sports watches? : determinants and consumer profiles of event runners' usage of running-related smartphone applications and sports watches.

Janssen, M. A., Scheerder, J., Thibaut, E., Brombacher, A. C. & Vos, S. B., 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 7, p. 1-17 17 p., e0181167

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

A stepwise science-industry collaboration to optimize the calculation of energy expenditure during walking and running with a consumer-based activity device

Oomen, J., Arts, D., Sperling, M. & Vos, S., 1 Feb 2019, In : Technology in Society. 56, p. 1-7

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

Investigating Motor Competence in Association with Sedentary Behavior and Physical Activity in 7- to 11-Year-Old Children

Adank, A. M., van Kann, D. H. H., Hoeboer, J. J. A. A., de Vries, S. I., Kremers, S. P. J. & Vos, S. B., 5 Nov 2018, In : International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 15, 11, 11 p., 2470

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Mental Competency
Motor Activity
Body Height
3 Citations (Scopus)

Let's walk and talk: A design case to integrate an active lifestyle in daily office life

Damen, I., Brankaert, R. G. A., Megens, C. J. P. G., van Wesemael, P. J. V., Brombacher, A. C. & Vos, S. B., 21 Apr 2018, CHI 2018 - Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: Engage with CHI. New York: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc, 11 p. CS10

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


Study protocol of the quasi-experimental evaluation of "kEIGAAF": a context-based physical activity and nutrition intervention for primary school children

Verjans-Janssen, S. R. B., Van Kann, D. H. H., Gerards, S. M. P. L., Vos, S. B., Jansen, M. W. J. & Kremers, S. P. J., 6 Jul 2018, In : BMC Public Health. 18, 1, 842

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Physical Fitness
Multilevel Analysis

Press / Media

TU/e assigns sports professor, with focus on the inexperienced sportsman

Steven Vos


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Student theses

Clipr: motivate children to jump at Jump XL

Author: Kamp, S. L., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Vos, S. (Supervisor 1) & Peters, P. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor

Design implementation of behavioural change techniques to improve perceived euhydration

Author: van den Broek, S., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Vos, S. (Supervisor 1) & Khan, J. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

Okioko: designing a data-driven application for overload injury prevention of social community runners

Author: van Laarhoven, J., 14 Jan 2016

Supervisor: Brombacher, A. (Supervisor 1), Delbressine, F. (Supervisor 2) & Vos, S. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Master

Sona : design for visual impaired child development through participation in physical activity

Author: Gerardts, M., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Vos, S. (Supervisor 1)

Student thesis: Master

SquatMat: improve technique to reduce risk of injuries

Author: Verbeek, T., Jun 2018

Supervisor: Vos, S. (Supervisor 1) & Liang, J. (Supervisor 2)

Student thesis: Bachelor