Evert van Beek




2018 – now
Industrial Design Engineering – Delft University of Technology

Researcher and lecturer
Design in Robotics, Exploring Interactions, Design Theory and Methodology, Interactive Environments, User Experience Assessment and Design, Interaction and Electronics, Designing Connected Experiences.
Research projects
Perception of Intelligent Artifacts:
My own project on intelligent artifacts and the role of ethical values in design. Building on my graduation project, writing a grant proposal and academic publications (see Grants).
Supporting residents to develop new practices in zero energy homes. Sensor data analysis and visualization, interviews and qualitative data analysis | with dr. Stella Boess and dr. Sacha Silvester

2017 – 2018
Mintlab KU Leuven – imec

Researcher in Human Computer Interaction
Designing, prototyping and evaluating interactions between people and digital technology. Co-design workshops and studies at home. With academic and industrial partners.
A consortium project on developing interfaces for knowledge engineering in health to personalize care paths.
The Future of Watching TV:
A commissioned project to envision future technologies in video and TV through generative sessions with users and prototypes (see Publications).

 2012 – now
Research, graphic-, product-, and UX-design for different clients

Recent projects include: A design project on smart clothing. A design research project on sustainable practices in a hospital. Organizing and executing training in Solidworks-software. Think we can work together? Drop an email:

The University of Edinburgh | Coursera:
Philosophy and the Sciences: Introduction to the Philosophy of Cognitive Sciences
University of Twente | Futurelearn: Philosophy of Technology and Design
2013 – 2017
Design for Interaction

Delft University of Technology
MSc Thesis (Grade 9/10) Bagsight: A haptic backpack for visually impaired as a smart object with intentions (video). Methodology: Qualitative, structured experiment, theory-grounded explorations. Supervisors: dr. Marco Rozendaal, prof. Catholijn Jonker, prof. Pim Haselager
Electives in Philosophy, Motion Formgiving, Information Design, Vision in Product Design, Transport Design, Lighting Design | Average grade MSc: 8,1

2010 – 2013
Industrial Design Engineering

Delft University of Technology
Minor in Transit Design

Activities & Grants  
Delft Design for Values: Understanding the Perception of Intentional Behavior of Intelligent Artifacts
Delft Design for Values-institute awarded a €6.000,- grant to support my research (link). Co-applicants: Prof. Catholijn Jonker, Prof. Ibo van de Poel, Prof. David Abbink, Dr. Marco Rozendaal
Lorentz Center Workshop: Designing Smart Objects as Embodied Agents in Everyday Life
I was invited to participate in an intensive week long academic workshop on smart objects. The output of this workshop is a book in which I co-write a chapter from a phenomenological and embodied cognition perspective with dr. Jelle van Dijk (see Publications)
2017, 2018, 2019
conference presentations and exhibitions
Dutch Design Week – Design United
BagSight was selected for the exhbition of Design United at Dutch Design Week 2019 (link and newsitem)
Conference on Human-Technology Relations
I presented a piece of empirical philosophy (see Publications and full text)
ThingsCon Conference for a responsible, human-centric IoT
I presented my research on intelligent artifacts at both ThingsCon 2017 and ThingsCon 2018.
conference volunteering
Research-through-Design 2019 Conference
Practical support in the conference (link)
board member
Student association C.S.F.R.
secretary of the board, communications, public relations and rebranding
  Van Dijk, J., van Beek, E. (accepted, forthcoming). Dynamic mediation: An embodied phenomenological perspective on smart objects in everyday life. In: Rozendaal, M.C., Marenko, B., Odom, W. (Ed.), Designing Smart Objects in Everyday Life: Intelligences, Agencies, Ecologies. New York: Bloomsbury Publishing

Geerts, D., van Beek, E., Chocron Miranda, F. (2019). Viewers’ Visions of the Future: Co-Creating Hyper- Personalized and Immersive TV and Video Experiences. TVX ‘19 Proceedings of the ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video

Geerts, D., Nouwen, M., van Beek, E., Slegers, K., Chocron Miranda, F., & Bleumers, L. (2018). Using the SGDA Framework to Design and Evaluate Research Games. Simulation & Gaming.

Van Beek, E. (2018). Bagsight: A study in perception through objects with intention. Abstract in proceedings of the Conference on Human-Technology Relations: Postphenomenology and Philosophy of Technology.

Skills & Expertise  
Toolbox Interaction design · hardware prototyping · software prototyping · concept development · user research · user interface design · spatial design · participatory design · project management
Arduino · Max / MSP · HTML · Sketch · Adobe CS (Ai, Id & Ps) · Solidworks · Rhinoceros · Contextmapping · Vision in Product design
Research interests Human computer interaction · Research through design · Thing-centred design · Philosophy of Technology · Tangible and embodied interaction · Smart objects · Object agency · IoT · AI & Robotics in Design
Languages DutchEnglish

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