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WIDC & IDWE 2019, Yantai

TU/e DESIS Lab was involved in WIDC & IDWE 2019, supported by Design Promotion.

Design Promotion participated in organizing WIDC & IDWE, by bringing the guests and designs to the World Industrial Design Conference 2019 and International Design World Expo 2019, on Oct 17-20, in Yantai China.

Design promotion organized an exhibition at IDWE, showing the designs and products from SophistiAmbiantiDesign2getherFemooiEindhoven International HealthLab/Bobo tech, and TU Eindhoven.

IoT in the City: Data Awareness at Stratumseind

Excellent B2 project work by Noa van den Brink, Teun van Acker and Renate Voss

The municipality of Eindhoven is always working on innovation and are working with new IoT technologies and sensors in public spaces, based on gathering and analyzing people’s data to improve the quality of life in the city.

At Stratumseind, there is such a sensor network which gathers data to solve issues in daily lives like safety. As local government, Eindhoven has to ensure that use of technology and data in the public space is visible, transparent, open, secure and respects the privacy of individuals and communities, which means that it is anonymous at all time. It is known that in Eindhoven a number of IoT / sensor networks in the public space work independently and are used by different parties and stakeholders. However, not everyone is aware of this sensor network and it has become clear that visualization and interaction with IoT in public spaces is a challenge. Especially, now privacy has become on of the main hot topics in the rapid digitizing world, think about The General Data Protection Regulation which is introduced in the EU in May 2018, (local) governments are looking for ways to implement new technologies in a transparent and democratic way. Therefore, as a leading municipality, Eindhoven wants to make it known and clear to everyone where the measuring equipment is located, what is measured and by whom, to ensure the public interest and stimulate innovation with the use of new technologies. …

Engagement Between Social Innovators And Universities

For the last two and a half years, the Strategy for Change  ( project has been developing methodologies for embedding social innovation into student leadership programmes, combining entrepreneurial skills, design thinking and an awareness of how to effect social change in order to prepare the innovators of tomorrow. This event not only aims to showcase the results of the project, hearing the experience of both students and practioners – it also seeks to bring together a range of actors – social innovators, academics, students and enablers – to discuss how universities can support social innovation within their communities Continue reading

Closer to Nature: Interactive Systems for Seniors with Dementia in Long-term Care

MSc. Y. (Yuan) Feng

dr. PDEng. MEng. Jun Hu, dr. Ir. Emilia Barakova, prof. dr. Matthias Rauterberg

People with dementia living in Long-term Care (LTC) are gradually experiencing diminished functional abilities caused by this brain disease. The declined cognitive functioning, decreased mobility, loss of memory and inner motivation provides inevitable challenges in engaging this group in activities. Lack of engagement are associated with disruptive behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) such as agitation, wondering, apathy, passivity and depression. With no known cure in sight, developing and evaluating meaningful activities that foster and sustain engagement is critical for promoting quality of life for seniors with dementia in LTC.

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SmartHealth Lab: Internship/FBP/FMP opportunities

Internship/FBP/FMP opportunities: We are cooperating with a company inHangzhou, working on smart healthcare solutions for patient care in hospitals. One of the proposals is smart wearables for body temperature monitoring. We are also seeking for students who are interested in applications of fetus heart rate measures for pregnancy care. Part of the project or the whole project will be carried out in China. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered, with possible allowances. This project does require certain technical skills. If interested, contact

International Workshop “Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces” (Oct 2015, Taicang) – Checklist

Before you leave for China, please check this list .

Things to bring with you:

  • Passport + flight ticket
  • Laptop. bring your power, wired network and display adapters. You do NOT need a power plug adapter — Chinese sockets can usually host EU and US plugs.
  • Arduinos + sensors + actuators (as many as possible) in your check-in baggage. Do NOT put them in your cabin luggage.
  • Cardboard modeling tools in your check-in baggage. Do NOT put them in your cabin luggage. Check for what these tools are.
  • Share the load of the equipment (projectors, raspberry PI’s , coffee etc). You will be contacted by Mathias. If not, please contact Mathias.
  • Foreigners in the Netherlands: your residence permit. – It is your visa to travel from and back to the Netherlands.
  • By now you should have Jun Hu’s Chinese mobile number. if not, email him for the number.
  • Print out this address — this is where you should arrive and we will spend most of our time there. Just in case you are lost:
  • Have’t print out the above address yet? print it now.
  • Google Maps (and other Google services) do not work in China. If you need Google Maps to find your way, better do your homework in the Netherlands, print out the maps and routes, or save the screen copies for your reference.


  • You shall arrive at the workshop on Oct 25 or earlier, leave from the workshop on  Nov 7 or later.
  • The workshop is a full time activity (at least 8 hours a day), except the weekend in between.
  • Please do not try to negotiate about the arriving and leaving dates. Okay, some of you did. But she promised to sing.

Airplane ticket:

  • Please keep the boarding passes (a digital copy or a photo copy would also be okay). We need them to reimburse half of your plan ticket. No boarding passes, no reimbursement.
  • Please keep the boarding passes (a digital copy or a photo copy would also be okay). We need them to reimburse half of your plan ticket. No boarding passes, no reimbursement.
  • Important things need to be repeated for three times – past experience says that repeating twice was not enough : Please keep the boarding passes (a digital copy or a photo copy would also be okay). We need them to reimburse half of your plan ticket. No boarding passes, no reimbursement.

Travel permit

  • You need to file a travel permit at the Education before you leave for China.
  • You can get an empty from from any secretary in the department.
  • Travel purpose: TU/e DESIS Lab International Workshop in China
  • Cost Center: 510045
  • Project number: 10018770
  • Print out the travel permit, and get it signed by Jun Hu, or in Jun Hu’s absence, make a digital scan of the travel permit, send to Jun Hu for digital signature. Then print out the signed copy, bring it to the finance department.


  • You might have to take the train. If you have booked the train online, you might have to retrieve the paper tickets at the train station, most likely manually at the service windows – prepare some extra time for a long queue. It might be possible to retrieve the tickets from the ticketing machines with you passport, if you have used your passport when booking – but it is unlikely according to my experience.  The paper tickets are needed for (automatic) control at the gates, not only for entering the train, but also for leaving the station at the destination. Keep the tickets during the entire journey, or you will be paying again + some fine.
  • When you are in Shanghai, unless you live in the train station, you have to prepare extra time for the traffic to the train station. Take metro whenever possible – taxis will make you nervous when stuck in the traffic.
  • The Chinese trains work differently from the Dutch ones – you need to arrive earlier at the train station for security control, for retrieving your paper tickets, for finding the right gate and platform for your train. The timetables might confuse you as well. When looking for your train, you first find out your train number, then destination and time, and finally the gate or platform number. Destination-time-platform system does not work there – you need to pay attention to the train number as well. It works more like a flight schedule.
  • But one thing is the same – trains will not wait if you arrive late.


  • You might want to check with your doctor which vaccinations are needed. The destination area is south-east China, around Shanghai.
  • Do NOT drink tap water in China.


  • Make sure your bank card is activated for withdrawing cash in foreign countries.
  • It would be cheaper if you withdraw cash from an ATM in China. Mastro and Mastercard work on many ATMs in China.
  • In Shanghai Pudong International Airport, before you enter the boarder, you can already find an ATM.