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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 Vos is professor (Chair Design and Analysis of Intelligent Systems for Vitality and Leisure Time Sports) at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. He is also head of research at the School of Sports Studies, Fontys University of Applied Sciences.  Vos is interested in designing tailored services and products to improve sports, physical activity and vitality, taking into account individual, social and environmental factors.

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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Vos, S. B., Funk, M., van der Spek, E. D., Menheere, D. S., Brombacher, A. C., Schoumacher, J. & Vos, S. B.


Project: Research direct


Research Output

Open Access
  • 25 Downloads (Pure)

    Real- time feedback by wearables in running: Current approaches, challenges and suggestions for improvements

    Van Hooren, B., Goudsmit, J. F. A., Restrepo Villamizar, J. & Vos, S. B., 17 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Sports Sciences. 38, 2, p. 214-230 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    108 Downloads (Pure)

    COMMONS: a board game for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration when developing health and activity-related wearable devices

    Arts, D., Kromkamp, L. & Vos, S., 2019, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 - 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings. Lamas, D., Loizides, F., Nacke, L., Petrie, H., Winckler, M. & Zaphiris, P. (eds.). Cham: Springer, p. 461-470 10 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11749 LNCS).

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

  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    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., 21 Jul 2017, In : PLoS ONE. 12, 7, p. 1-17 17 p., e0181167.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 22 Citations (Scopus)
    185 Downloads (Pure)

    Similar but different: profiling secondary school students based on their perceived motivational climate and psychological need: based experiences in physical education

    Weeldenburg, G., Borghouts, L., Slingerland, M. & Vos, S. B., 10 Feb 2020, In : PLoS ONE. 15, 2, 17 p., e0228859.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

    Open Access
  • 13 Downloads (Pure)


    • 1 Invited talk

    In beweging blijkven ondanks/dankzij technologie

    Steven Vos (Invited speaker), Dennis Arts (Speaker)
    7 Oct 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talkProfessional

    Press / Media

    The Polar A370 Does Everything I Want it to Do—and More

    Steven B. Vos


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

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

    S.B. 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