Meet the organizers

Karin Slegers

DSCN0197bKarin is a cognitive psychologist specialized in HCI and human-centered design. She is an assistant professor at KU Leuven in Belgium, and works as a senior researcher for the Centre for User Experience Research (CUO) and iMinds. One of her main research interests is technology for supporting people with impairments and the involvement of people with impairments in the design process. She has co-organized five workshops on the latter topic (at PDC, INTERACT, CHI, IDC and INCLUDE) and was a guest editor of a recent special issue of the journal CoDesign on the same topic.

Niels Hendriks

12239629_10153688295463607_1048554825910475014_nNiels is a researcher at the Social Spaces research group (LUCA) KU Leuven in Belgium. Most of his research focuses on participatory design in contexts of care, working with, amongst others, elderly, children with autism and persons with diabetes. He is also working on a PhD focusing on the involvement of persons with dementia in the design process. As part of his PhD, he is working as a design researcher “embedded” in an elderly care center in Belgium. He has co-organized workshops on the topic of involvement of people with impairments in the design process (at PDC, INTERACT, CHI and INCLUDE) and was a guest-editor of a recent special issue of the journal CoDesign on the same topic.

Pieter Duysburgh

2ae3467Pieter is a researcher at iMinds-SMIT-VUB. His main research interest is in developing and applying design research techniques for ICT development that aim at involving targeted users in all stages of the development process. He has mainly been active in the domains of home care and education. He has also co-organized workshops on the topic of involvement of people with impairments in the design process (at PDC, INTERACT, CHI and INCLUDE) and was a guest-editor of a recent special issue of the journal CoDesign on the same topic.

Rita Maldonado Branco

ritambRita is a communication designer currently undertaking a PhD in Design at the University of Porto, in partnership with University of Aveiro and the Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture (ID+), Portugal. She graduated with distinction in MA Communication Design from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (2012) with a project that explored communication design contributions to dementia. She is now taking this research forward through her PhD, using codesign to explore ways to enable people with dementia and their social circle to develop their own personalized strategies to communicate. She has co-organized workshops on the involvement of people with cognitive and sensory impairments in the design process, at INCLUDE conference, and on the use of empathy as a research tool at MA Communication Design, Central Saint Martins.

Bert Vandenberghe

pasfoto_bert-vandenbergheBert is a researcher at the Centre for User Experience Research (CUO) at KU Leuven and iMinds. With a strong interest in HCI and design research, he focuses on eHealth from the perspective of both clinicians and patients. He has, for instance, worked with transplant patients, sleep clinics, and oncology departments. Here he experienced how a sensitive context can put both the researcher and the methods used to the test. He is interested in how we can learn from each other in order to deal with these situations, and how this could be facilitated.

Eva Brandt

Eva is professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Design, where she is co-leading the Center for Research in Codesign, Co-production and Social Innovation. The main part of her research is about how designers can stage open design processes (design labs) with many participants that both can inquire into existing practices and explore possible futures. She also contributes to theorizing about experimental design research driven by programs and experiments. In this context Eva has e.g. conducted a project on designing dialogue tools to investigate everyday practices of people affected by cognitive impairments like Alzheimer.