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BIO

Rens Brankaert is professor Health Innovations & Technology at Fontys University of Applied sciences, school of Paramedics and assistant Professor ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’ in Industrial Design, Systemic Change group, University of Technology Eindhoven (TU/e). His work focusses around design of technology, systems and services for and with people living with dementia and their ecology of care by using design research and living lab approaches. In these approaches the perspectives of person-centered care and warm technology are used. He is Key Technology Partner fellow at University of Technology Sydney, and director of the Dementia & Technology expertise center at TU/e, and active member of the international HCI and Dementia community.

Next to working in various forms to support vulnerable people, care organisations and companies through design, technology and research I still get some time off. In that time I love to do bouldering and ride my racing bike around Eindhoven. I read books, design related as well as fiction/non-fiction literature. I enjoy to play boardgames and card games with friends and travelling around the globe.

FEATURED PROJECTS

My publications

2019

Brankaert, Rens; Suijkerbuijk, Sandra

Outdoor Life and Technology with Dementia Journal Article

Using Technology in Dementia Care: A Guide to Technology Solutions for Everyday Living, pp. 87, 2019, ISBN: 978-1-78592-417-0.

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Houben, Maarten; Brankaert, Rens; Bakker, Saskia; Kenning, Gail; Bongers, Inge; Eggen, Berry

Foregrounding Everyday Sounds in Dementia Inproceedings

Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference, pp. 71–83, ACM 2019, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5850-7.

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Brankaert, Rens; Kenning, Gail; Welsh, Daniel; Foley, Sarah; Hodge, James; Unbehaun, David

Intersections in HCI, Design and Dementia: Inclusivity in Participatory Approaches Inproceedings

Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion, pp. 357–360, ACM 2019, ISBN: 978-1-4503-6270-2.

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Thoolen, Myrte; Brankaert, Rens; Lu, Yuan

Sentic: A Tailored Interface Design for People with Dementia to Access Music Inproceedings

Companion Publication of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2019 Companion, pp. 57–60, ACM 2019, ISBN: 978-1-4503-6270-2.

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Damen, Ida; Brankaert, Rens; Xue, Mengru; Chen, Xiaoyue; Grave, Anne; Vos, Steven

ROOT: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Urban Health Challenges with HCI Inproceedings

Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. CS06, ACM 2019, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5971-9.

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den Ouden, Elke; Haans, Antal; Ross, Philip; van Essen, Harm; de Kort, Yvonne; Brankaert, Rens

10 years living light labs: achievements and learnings of researching intelligent lighting solutions in living labs at the TU/e Intelligent Lighting Institute Journal Article

2019, ISBN: 978-90-386-4733-3; 978-90-386-4734-0.

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2018

Lazar, Amanda; Toombs, Austin L; Morrissey, Kellie; Kenning, Gail; Boger, Jennifer; Brankaert, Rens

HCIxdementia workshop: engaging people living with dementia Inproceedings

Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. W01, ACM 2018, ISBN: 978-1-4503-5621-3.

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Wintermans, MC; Brankaert, RGA; Lu, Y; Christer, K; Craig, C; Wolstenholme, D

What moves you? Designing a walking app for and with older adults Journal Article

2018, ISBN: 978-1-8438-7421-8.

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2017

Wintermans, MC; Brankaert, RGA; Lu, Y

Together we do not forget: co-designing with people living with dementia towards a design for social inclusion Inproceedings

Design Management Academy Conference 2017: Research perspectives on creative intersections, 2017.

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Brankaert, Rens; den Ouden, Elke

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

Technology Innovation Management Review, 7 (1), 2017.

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2016

Brankaert, Rens

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

2016, ISBN: 978-90-386-4030-3.

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2015

Brankaert, Rens; den Ouden, Elke; Brombacher, Aarnout

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

info, 17 (4), pp. 40–52, 2015, ISSN: 1463-6697.

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Lector (professor) Fontys Hogeschool, School of Paramedics (on Mondays and Thursdays).
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Assistant professor, Industrial Design, University of Technology Eindhoven (on Tuesdays).
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Design lead at Luckt BV, in MicroLab at Strijp-S (on Fridays).
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