International Speaker / TDW2019 Opening

TUe Eindhoven / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences


Tuesday 17th September 2019

@POLIS University, C1 - h.11


Lecture: Designing for playful empowerment and civic engagement


Ben Schouten graduated from the Rietveld Art Academy in 1983. In his work, he found himself interested in patterns and iconography, and discovered his fascination for mathematics. In August 1995 he received a Master’s degree in mathematics, specializing in chaos theory. Afterwards, in 1996 Ben Schouten founded, providing innovative internet related solutions. Together with the Dutch Design Institute (Vormgevings Instituut), Desk was internationally acknowledged with a webby award in gaming.


In 2001 he received his PhD for his thesis on content based image retrieval and interfaces that allow browsing & searching for images in an intuitive way, according to human perception. His thesis was acknowledged with a Bronze World Medal for Design in the New Media category, sub-category Information and Education, in New York, USA.


In the following years Ben Schouten started a research group in Biometrics and Human Behavior Analysis at the Centre for Mathematics and Computer Science (CWI, Amsterdam) as well as teaching at the Utrecht School of Art & Technology (HKU) in Interaction Design and Gaming. In 2010 he was appointed Full Professor Playful Interactions in Smart Environments at Eindhoven University of Technology and in 2013 Lector of Play & Civic Media Research at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His group focuses on play for social innovations, citizen empowerment and culture. He is an advisor for the European Commission on the ‘Internet of Things’ and has written 100-plus publications at the intersection of play, games, participatory design and citizen empowerment.




This event was possible thanks to the cooperation with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Albania

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