I am a PhD student and teaching assistant at Hasselt University in Belgium, where I work in the Expertise Centre for Digital Media (EDM) research institute. My research interests lie at the intersection of human–computer interaction and ubiquitous computing. I am part of the EDM HCI group, where I work with Professors Karin Coninx (my advisor), Kris Luyten (my co-advisor) and Johannes Schöning.

For my PhD, I am investigating techniques that help users understand what is happening within a context-aware environment and that allow them to intervene if necessary. I believe that supporting intelligibility and control will be necessary to make these smart spaces usable, predictable and safe for users.

Previously, I worked on facilitating the design and development of multi-device user interfaces. For more details about my research, have a look at my list of publications or my Google Scholar profile.

News

Article in IEEE Computer

August 2014

Our article "The Dark Patterns of Proxemic Sensing" will appear in Volume 47, Number 8 of IEEE Computer.

Tutorial & Workshop on Theories and Applications of Social Science for Interactive Surfaces at ITS 2014

July 2014

I am co-organizing a joint tutorial/workshop at ITS 2014 on Theories and Applications of Social Science for Interactive Surfaces together with Stacey D. Scott, Victor Cheung, and Nicolai Marquardt. The deadline for submitting position papers is September 5, 2014.

Paper accepted to Ubicomp 2014

June 2014

Our paper "From Today's Augmented Houses to Tomorrow's Smart Homes: New Directions for Home Automation Research" has been accepted to the Ubicomp 2014 conference.

Best Paper Award for Dark Patterns Paper at DIS 2014

May 2014

Our paper "Dark Patterns in Proxemic Interactions: A Critical Perspective" has received the "Best Paper Award" (top 1% of submissions) at the DIS 2014 conference.

Position paper accepted to the DIS 2014 workshop on Social NUI

April 2014

Our position paper "Addressing Challenges in Crowded Proxemics-Aware Installations" has been accepted to the DIS 2014 Workshop on SocialNUI: Social Perspectives in Natural User Interfaces. Looking forward to an exciting workshop!

Paper accepted to DIS 2014 Provocations and Works-in-Progress

April 2014

Students who participated in our "Current Trends in HCI" course (Dutch: "Actuele trends in HCI"), worked on a research project as part of the course and were guided in writing up the results as a paper submission. Congratulations to Yannick Bernaerts, Matthias Druwé and Sebastiaan Steensels who got their paper on "The Office Smartwatch" accepted to the DIS 2014 Provocations and Works-in-Progress track!

Two papers accepted to DIS 2014

March 2014

Our note "The Design of Slow-Motion Feedback" and full paper "Dark Patterns in Proxemic Interactions: A Critical Perspective" have been accepted to the DIS 2014 conference.

Demo accepted to CHI 2014 Interactivity

January 2014

Our installation "Game of Tones" has been accepted to the CHI 2014 Interactivity track. It is a fun way to learn to play piano songs, which was developed by Linsey Raymaekers for her Bachelor's thesis. An earlier iteration (called "The Augmented Piano") was among the winners of the NUMA 2013 awards, and received some press coverage (in Dutch).

Dagstuhl seminar on Proxemics in Human-Computer Interaction

November 2013

I participated in Dagstuhl seminar #13452 on Proxemic Interactions. More information on the outcome of this seminar can be found in the Dagstuhl report.

Attended CHI 2013 to present our paper on feedforward

April 2013

I attended CHI 2013 in Paris to present our paper "Crossing the Bridge over Norman's Gulf of Execution: Revealing Feedforward's True Identity", for which we received a "Best Paper Honorable Mention Award".