There are various experts involved in the Dementia & Technology centre of expertise.

You can review them and their expertises below.

Rens Brankaert, Industrial Design TU Eindhoven

Dr. ir. Rens Brankaert

Co-initiator of the D&T centre of expertise

Rens Brankaert is an Assistant Professor working on design for “Active & Healthy Ageing” within the Systemic Change research group at the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. He received his PhD early in 2016 for work related to design for people with dementia involving the application of living labs. In this work, he aimed to build a bridge between a design-based approach and current healthcare practices.


Prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn

Co-initiator of D&T centre of expertise

Prof.dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn has a background in artificial intelligence and cognitive neuropsychology. He obtained his PhD in 2004 on the topic of telepresence. Since 2012, he is full professor of Cognition and Affect in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He has an active research program on the impact of media technology on human psychology, and the use of psychology to improve technology design.


Ans Tummers MSc.

Network liaison & PhD Candidate

Ans Tummers has a rich history in administrative work in relation to dementia and the public domain. She is a board member of Alzheimer Forschung Initiative Dusseldorf, and former member of controlling board of "internationale stichting Alzheimer Onderzoek". Currently she is a PhD Candidate at Human and Technology Interaction, on mediated touch for people with dementia.

Caroline Hummels, Industrial Design TU Eindhoven

Prof. dr. ir. Caroline Hummels

Head of Systemic Change research group

Caroline Hummels is full professor Design and Theory for Transformaive Qualities at the department of Industrial Design (ID) at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). She is heading the Systemic Change research group at ID as well as the interdepartmental area Participatory Health and Wellbeing at the TU/e.