Design plays a vital role to make healthcare human-centered, more effective and a pleasant experience.


Rens Brankaert is professor Health Innovations & Technology at Fontys University of Applied sciences, school of Allied Health Professions and assistant Professor ‘Active and Healthy Ageing’ in Industrial Design, University of Technology Eindhoven (TU/e). His work focusses around the 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 taken. In addition he is Key Technology Partner fellow at University of Technology Sydney, and director of the Dementia & Technology expertise center at TU/e, and an 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.


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