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Professor Lin-Lin Chen

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Lin-Lin Chen is professor of the Department of Industrial and Commercial Design at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. She received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and taught briefly at Iowa State University before moving to Taiwan. Her research focuses on attractiveness of product appearance, computer-aided concept exploration and evaluation, interface design, and geometric algorithms. She was dean of the College of Design from 2004 to 2010 and president of the Chinese Institute of Design from 2007 to 2008. She is currently director of the Arts (and Design) program at Taiwan’s National Science Council, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Design, and fellow of the Design Research Society.


Dr. Tom Djajadiningrat

Philips Design Eindhoven, Netherlands

Tom Djajadiningrat is senior consultant innovation design at Philips Design in the Netherlands. As a member of the multi-disciplinary Research, Development & Innovation team, he functions as a jack of all trades, contributing to theme research, facilitation of cross-disciplinary ideation and hands-on concept, product and interaction design.
Whilst his original background is in industrial design, over the years he has become increasingly interested in interaction design. After finishing his PhD on desktop virtual reality he worked for eight years in different design research settings, including the ID-StudioLab of Delft University, the Designed Intelligence Group of TU Eindhoven and the Mads Clausen Institute of the University of Southern Denmark. His pet subjects include the relationship between physical form, user actions and product behaviour and the re-appreciation of physical skill in interaction design.


Professor Loe Feijs

Technical University Eindhoven, Netherlands

 Loe Feijs is a professor at Eindhoven University of Technology working in the department of Industrial Design. Loe's primary fields of expertise are:

Biofeedback for Relaxation, Design Semantics, Electronics, Logic and Computer Science, Logic and Language, Math, Mathematical Modelling, Product Semantics and Semiotics, Semantics, Software Design, Software Development, Specific Aspects of Game Theory and AI, Symbolism, System Level Engineering, Technology Integration, and Transformations and Intelligent Control.

Loe has previously worked as the Scientific Director at the Eindhoven Embedded Systems Institute whilst also working as a Part-time Professor Windskunde en Informatica at Eindhoven University of Technology.

His past education includes:

  • Dr Wiskunde en Informatica TU/e
  • Ir Elektrotechniek TU/e
  • Masterclass FlexCom HQM 

Dr. Jun Hu

TU/e, Netherlands

Dr. Jun Hu has a PhD in Industrial Design and a Professional Doctorate in User-system Interaction, both from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He has also a B.Sc in Mathematics and an M.Eng in Computer Science.

He is a System Analyst and a Senior Programmer, qualified in 1996 and 1994 respectively by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China. He worked in signal processing as an software engineer at the Computational Center and Institute of Geophysics of Jiangsu Oil Exploration Co. (JEOCO) from 1990 to 1994, in management information systems and computer aided design at the Information Center of Shaanxi Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. (SCMC) from 1994 to 1996, in scientific data visualization at the department of computer science of Northwest University from 1996 to 1999. He was a research assistant at the Center of User-system Interaction of TU/e from 1999 to 2001. He was a researcher in the Media Interaction Group at Philips Research Eindhoven from 2000 to 2003. From 2006 to 2007 he served as the Secretary-General for The Association of Chinese Scholars and Engineers in the Netherlands (VCWI) and from 2008 to 2009 as the Chairman. He has been a vice-chairman of Center for Chinese Professionals in the Netherlands (CCPN) since 2009.

He is now a tenured Assistant Professor at Department of Industrial Design, TU/e, a Guest Professor at School of Digital Media, Jiangnan University. He serves the editorial boards for several international journals (Topic Editor in Chief for the topic “Design Research on Social Computing” in Journal of Man, Machine and Technology, Associated Editor for Advances in Multimedia Technology and International Journal of Arts and Technology). He is an author of several open source and commercial software products. He has about 80 peer reviewed publications in conferences and journals in the field of HCI, industrial design, computer science and design education. His current research activities are directed towards Design Research on Social Computing.

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Professor Steven Kyffin

Northumbria University School of Design, UK

Steven Kyffin (Master of Design, Industrial Design, Royal College of Art London) is Dean of the School of design at Northumbria University, Newcastle in the United Kingdom. In this function he is responsible for all aspects of the management of the School, one of eight in the University. The school focuses it teaching programs on Fashion, Communication, Industrial and innovation Design across its Undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Design Innovation is one of the three core research territories of the school. The others include; The future Roles of Design in Socio-Economic contexts and Design Futures, a  Design led exploration of future qualities on Life in the Health and Wellbeing and Digital Life contexts.

Over the past thirty years, Steven has spent ten in the London’s Design consulting businesses, ten in academia, including Head of Industrial Design at the Royal College of Art and most recently ten in Corporate leadership as Director of the Global Design  Research group in Philips Electronics.

Recently, as Senior Director of Design Research and Innovation at Philips Design in the Netherlands, he was responsible for Design Research for Philips Electronics world‐wide. As a member of the Philips Design Global Management Team, Steven headed up Philips Design’s European Commission Research Relations Programme and led the Philips Design University Relations Programme.
Steven Kyffin is a member of the Northumbria University Senior Management Team, acts as a European Commission research programme reviewer and holds Adjunct Professorships in Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Wuxi Shanghai. 
To read more about Steven click on the following link: Steven Kyffin's Staff Profile


Dr Edgar Rodriguez RamirezDr. Edgar Rodriguez Ramirez

Programme Director Industrial Design, School of Design, Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Edgar Rodriguez studied Industrial Design at UNAM (Mexico City), ENSCI Les Ateliers (Paris) and has a PhD in Industrial Design from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).He has worked as an industrial designer for the firms Sismo Design (Paris), MDA (Mexico City), Studio Santachiara (Milan), Samsung Electronics(Seoul). The range of designs he has produced include digital cameras, TV sets, lighting, furniture, mouse traps, medical devices and experimental designs among others. Currently, he consults for companies in the areas of healthcare, children’s furniture, lighting and whiteware, among others.

Dr Edgar Rodriguez’ PhD investigated the strategies designers use to elicit surprise and what implications surprise has on people’s behaviour.

Dr Edgar Rodriguez leads the Smart Interactions research cluster and is the Programme Director of Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington. His research investigates human interaction, how designs elicit emotion (particularly surprise), design of medical devices with digital interactions, and the aesthetics of designed interactions. He is an investigator in the Centre of Research Excellence in Medical Technologies in New Zealand.

Dr Edgar Rodriguez has exhibited his design work and presented at dozens of design conferences internationally. His work has been published in journals including Design Studies, the International Journal of Arts, the International Journal of Product Development, Ottagono, among others.


22_RampinoLucia Rampino

Associate Professor, Design Department, Politecnico di Milano

Lucia Rampino is an architect and PhD in Industrial Design. Her research interests, both theoretical and applied, concern the role of design in product-development processes whose ob-jective is to innovate. Her recent attention has focused on the new opportunities that dynamic products offer for creating en-gaging user experience. She has published widely on these topics, in both Italian and English.

Rampino has taken part in various national and European re-search projects and serves as reviewer for both Design Journals and International Conferences.

She is on the Design PhD faculty of Politecnico di Milano since 2009.

Mobile: +39 335 5456717

Dagmar Steffen

Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Switzerland

Dagmar Steffen works as a design researcher as well as a lecturer and mentor in the BA and MA programme product design at the School of Art and Design Lucerne (Switzerland). Her primary areas of specialisation are product language, history and theory of design and applied design research related to innovation and sustainability.

She studied Product Design at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach (Germany) and at the Edinburgh College of Art (UK). After finishing her studies she worked freelance as a design journalist and curator and published several design-related books on product language, material culture and design education.

From 2000 to 2003 Steffen was a member of the research staff at the C_Lab at the Academy of Art and Design Offenbach (Germany). 2004 she was awarded a scholarship by the Academy of Finland and joined the SeFun (Semantic Functions in Design) research project at the Aalto University, School of Art and Design Helsinki (Finland). Her doctoral research was on practice-integrating design research (also called “research through design”) as a means to bridge the theory-practice-gap and in 2012 she was awarded her doctorate from the Institute of Design Science, University of Wuppertal (Germany). Regularly, she takes part in international conferences, reviews conference and journal papers and joins the editorial board of Artifact: Journal of Design Practice.    


Dr. Miguel BRUNS

 Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Miguel Bruns Alonso is Assistant Professor in the Future Everyday cluster of the Department of Industrial Design and also the program director for the TU/e Innovation Space, a community for interdisciplinary hands-on education that bridges engineering design and entrepreneurship. Bruns Alonso investigates the aesthetics and emotional expressivity of interactive products with programmable material qualities (a concept he names interactive materiality) with a focus on haptic and shape-changing interfaces.

He co-developed various prototypes of interactive products that respond to behavioral expressions with haptic feedback and shape change. He teaches courses relating to creativity and the basics of designing form and aesthetics of interaction at the bachelor’s degree level and courses relating to dynamic and interactive form/materiality and how this affects perception and behavior at the master’s degree level. Bruns Alonso was part of GHOST (Generic Highly Organic Shape-changing inTerfaces), a successful Future Emerging Technologies project funded by EU-FP7. The project’s research contributions and resulting network support the definition of new directions for interaction design research on ‘smart’ materials and actuators.


 Dr. Ozcan Vieira, E.

 TU Delft Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Netherlands

Dr. Elif Özcan conducts sound-driven design and research activities at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft and leads the Silent ICU project at the Department of Intensive Care of Erasmus Medical Centre. She is the director of Critical Alarms Lab at TU Delft where she mainly investigates sound-driven wellbeing of users and professionals in critical contexts (e.g., patients and clinicians).

Elif was a Guest Editor for the Journal of Sonic Studies, for the special issue on sound design. She has been involved in several European projects funded by Marie Curie Initiative, DocArtes programme, European Space Agency and Toyota Motors Europe. She is currently developing ISO standard sounds as part of the international alarm coalition funded by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), USA and is rethinking the role of alarms in critical care.

Elif is a mother of three daughters and an advocate for women in science as part of the DEWIS sounding board at TU Delft.


Dr. Sara Colombo

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Dr. Sara Colombo is a senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Design Lab, where she leads projects on designing future user experiences enabled by emerging technologies. She is also Lecturer in interaction and experience design at MIT (CMS/W). 

Sara Colombo earned a PhD in Design from Politecnico di Milano, where she was adjunct professor in interaction design and design&engineering before joining MIT. During her doctoral studies, she explored implicit, tangible, and multi-sensory forms of communication performed by dynamic products. She has published widely on these topics through journal articles, conference papers, and books. 

Sara Colombo has served as chair, board member, and reviewer for conferences and journals in the fields of interaction design and HCI. She holds two patents on interactive devices for children’s health and wellbeing.

Her current research interests concern the impact emerging technologies have on users when embedded in everyday objects, and their consequences on human experience and behavior at the individual and societal levels. She believes in the power of design to envision future realities, and to inspire a more ethical development of technology and society.

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