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DeSForM Committee and Contact Details

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. 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

PVC: Northumbria University, UK

Steven Kyffin is Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Design Innovation at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK. He was appointed as PVC (Business and Enterprise) in September 2016, having previously been Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Social Sciences since September 2012 and Dean of Northumbria School of Design since January 2010.

Previously Steven was Senior Director, global, of Design Research and Innovation in Royal Philips Electronics in the Netherlands from 1998. This followed a period of years at the Royal college of Art, London, as Director of Industrial Design. He worked on a wide range of assignments for several London based design consultancies, including Kyffin Design Company from 1981.

Steven is Adjunct Professor in Design at Monash University, Melbourne Australia and spent 14 years as adjust Professor at HongHong Poly Uni. He was Chief Scientific Officer (Design Research) and core member of the 'driving team' in the founding of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, where he now chairs their International Advisory board. Steven co-founded the DeSForM Design Research Conference in 2005. And serves on a small number of Non Executive boards in the city of Newcastle, UK

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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

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.


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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

Assistant Professor, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

Dr. Sara Colombo is an Assistant Professor at TU Eindhoven, Industrial Design, where she works at the intersection of experience design and emerging technologies, in particular AI. Her research interests concern the impact emerging technologies have on users when embedded in everyday artifacts, 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.

Before joining TU Eindhoven, Sara was Research Scientist at Northeastern University in Boston, and previously she was Lecturer and Senior Research Associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Design Lab, where she led projects on designing future user experiences enabled by emerging technologies.

Sara earned a PhD in Design from Politecnico di Milano, where she was also adjunct professor in interaction design and design&engineering. 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 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.

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 Dr. Calvin Wong

Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)  

Prof. Calvin Wong is Cheng Yik Hung Endowed Professor in Fashion at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and currently serving as the Director of Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence in Design (AiDLab) which has been jointly established by PolyU and the Royal College of Art in London. Calvin served as Associate Head and then Interim Head of the Institute of Textiles and Clothing at PolyU from 2012 to 2018. His main research focuses on integrating artificial intelligence (AI) techniques, particularly in machine vision, pattern recognition and deep network with fashion and textiles.

Calvin is leading the Textile and Apparel Artificial Intelligence (TAAI) Research Group which has been conducting fundamental and applied research on AI for the fashion and textile industry. He collaborated with Alibaba Group to establish the first-of-its-kind “FashionAI Dataset” for enabling machine to better understand fashion and also successfully developed an intelligent fabric defect detection system, called "WiseEye", for the process of quality control in woven fabric manufacturing process. Recently, he is focusing on AI based aesthetic evaluation and fashion design assistance research and also extending the application of WiseEye to inspect different types of textile and apparel materials, such as knitted fabric and leather material.

Calvin has published over 130 research articles in Science Citation Index journals including the world leading journals in AI field, such as IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (TNNLS), IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc. Essential Science Indicators has ranked his two recent research publications in TNNLS among the top 1% of the most cited articles. Currently he is the Associate Editor of Neurocomputing.

Over the past ten years, Prof. Wong received twelve research related awards. He has always been invited as plenary, keynote and invited speaker of several international academic conferences.

 Jeroen Raijmakers

Design Innovation Manager. Royal Philips. The Netrherlands

Jeroen Raijmakers is Design Innovation Manager at Philips Experience Design where he leads a design research program for healthcare with presence in Europe (Eindhoven NL), USA (Cambridge MA), India (Bangalore) and China (Shanghai).

With a global team of designers, Jeroen strives to deliver advanced solutions for healthcare professionals and patients whether in the hospital or at home in for example Diagnostic Imaging, Acute Care, Healthcare Informatics, Connected Care and Personal Health. 

He initiated the design-led innovation program ‘Ambient Experience Design for Healthcare’ which has been installed in over 1000 hospitals worldwide. Jeroen’s responsibilities include EU public-private partnerships and university relationships.

Many healthcare products and user interfaces designed under his direction have been recognized by prestigious design award organizations and he was keynote speaker at international design conferences and invited for open lectures at design universities.

Jeroen graduated with honors from the Design faculty at Technical University Delft in 1988, where he now holds a Visiting Professor position since 2015 and is appointed member of the Educational Advisory Board since 2011.



 Yihyun Lim

Lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Yihyun Lim is an architect, design researcher, and lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She currently leads the MIT Civic Design Initiative, and focuses on leveraging design processes to drive multi-sectoral collaboration between industries, government and communities to create sustainable futures. Her prior role includes serving as director of MIT Design Lab, where she led a multidisciplinary group of researchers, engineers, and designers to drive design innovation across various industry sectors. She brings together behavioral research and human-centered design methods to situate emerging networked technologies in the current and future societies.    

An architect by training, Yihyun practiced architecture in San Francisco, Seoul, and New York prior to coming to MIT and has years of experience in the design technology field. She is co-founder of D.Fluence, a design research practice in Boston, and partner at Innovation by Design, an international design innovation consultancy based in Milan. She earned her M.Arch degree from MIT, and a BA in architecture/city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley. 


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