PhD CANDIDATE & RESEARCHER
August 2018 - Current
Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
& Pleyade care organisation Arnhem
Hi! I am Myrte Elise Thoolen, currently a PhD candidate at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, cooperating with TRANZO scientific center for Care and Wellbeing, and a researcher at Pleyade, a care organisation in Arnhem. With my background in Information and Communication Technology and Industrial Design, I am interested in designing HCI to enrich the lives of vulnerable populations, and add value to people's well-being. I am passionate about understanding the diversity of individuals and their vulnerabilities, and how we can empower each individual through HCI design.
In my PhD, I am exploring the potential of designing sustainable technologies for people living with dementia. In my research, I investigate how to adapt novel technologies to the individual, and changing needs and circumstances. In doing so, I am embracing a design research approach in which experience-centered design interventions are evaluated in-situ, together with all vital stakeholders.