Researcher

Dr Domenique van Gennip

Keywords

Fields of Research (FoR)

Human-computer interaction, Interaction and experience design, Information systems user experience design and development, Design Practice and Management, Computer-Human Interaction

Biography

I am an interaction designer and human-centred researcher. My primary interest is how technology can be designed to work for and with people.

I obtained a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology, with a focus on interaction design. At the same university, I completed a Master in Human-Technology Interaction with a thesis that focused on social connectedness and the psychological influence of mediated heartbeat...view more

I am an interaction designer and human-centred researcher. My primary interest is how technology can be designed to work for and with people.

I obtained a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology, with a focus on interaction design. At the same university, I completed a Master in Human-Technology Interaction with a thesis that focused on social connectedness and the psychological influence of mediated heartbeat signals. In 2013, I started a joint doctoral degree in the Materialising Memories program at UTS and Eindhoven which was completed in 2018. My thesis was titled ‘Bringing Up The Past: Design for Serendipitous Reminiscing’ and investigated how people use and display personal media such as photos. My recent work continues the interest in how interactive products and media influence and benefit reminiscing in everyday life. In the past years, I have also been involved in research that explores how augmented reality can improve professional practice for technical workers out in the field. Currently, I'm working on interaction design challenges around clean energy communities, a trend that brings energy generation, storage, and consumption closer together and in the hands of more people (who thus may have a need for better tools to manage this change).

I have taught on interaction design, human-centered research methods, and design thinking. My role as a lecturer in the Design Next program involves developing design-oriented teaching and research across schools and faculties.


My Qualifications

  • 2018: Joint PhD in Interaction Design from University of Technology Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2012: MSc in Human-Technology Interaction from Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 2010: BSc in Industrial Design from Eindhoven University of Technology

My Research Activities

My  research, as part of Design Next, is focusing on design research around two pillars:

  • One is design challenges around clean energy communities, a trend that brings energy generation, storage, and consumption closer together and in the hands of more people (who thus may have a need for better means to manage this change). We are looking at what this change means for social issues, policy, interaction design, service design, and technology, all with a design research angle. Have a look at the Energy Futures description on our research page.
  • The second area is design leadership; what makes a design leader actually a leader and how is this different from established perspectives around leadership (a big topic in management research)?

In the recent past, I also worked on:

  • Design to support remembering: with ever more digital media collected, how can we put all that material to use to let us reminisce and remember the past? Just having large amounts of data and files is not enough, we need to make an explicit effort to make that data useful for our remembering practices. As part of Materialising Memories, I worked on design research for and through design for a system that could cue memories using our personal photos.
  • I have also been involved in industry-sponsored research that explores how augmented reality can improve professional practice for technical workers out in the field.

If you have an idea for a project that touches on design, could benefit from human-centred design insights, or otherwise fits my interests, feel free to get in touch.


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

I'm available for supervision at the Bachelor and Master levels, and potentially as a supervisor at PhD level, for anyone whose envisioned project shares interests with mine.


My Teaching

I have taught on a range of topics around Human-Computer Interaction, ranging from Design Thinking to Design Futuring, Interaction Design, and Human-Centred Research Methods.

Currently, I am involved as a coordinator for the following courses:

  • ENGG1000
  • DESN2000
  • DESN3000
  • MMAN3000
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Location

Ainsworth Building, Level 5, Room 503

Publications

by Dr Domenique van Gennip