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Christoffel Kuenen

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Associate professor at Umeå Institute of Design (UID)
Östra Strandgatan 30 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

What I do at UID
I am deputy Program Director for the MFA Programme in Interaction Design and I contribute to the teaching in the different educations at UID. 

My research explores what aesthetics refers to in the context of designing digital systems that mediate interactions between people and things. 

Talk to me about:
Aesthetics of Interaction, Design Research Practices, Design Theory, Education-Research synergies in Interaction Design.
Aesthetics of being together, Social and ethical implications of communication and interaction media.
Interaction Design Methodologies, Embodied Interaction, Experience Prototyping, Prototyping in the Wild.

(If you really want to get me started on such things, ask me about Argentinian Tango)

I studied Industrial Design Engineering at the Technical University of Delft. I graduated in 2002 on a wearable, tangible social interaction product, in a project largely carried out in the Affective Computing group at the MIT MediaLab in Boston.

I have worked as a strategic, conceptual and technical designer, and have led design and development projects for various interaction and communication products for the consumer market, including several patent applications.

I have taught and coached students and professionals in this field of design in the Netherlands, Norway, Italy, Sweden and Brazil.

I headed the R&D department in a multinational company, where, apart from running product design and innovation projects with an international team, I gained hands-on experience with mass-production systems in western Europe as well as in low-cost labour countries of the time, i.e. China and Mexico.

From 2008-2011 I worked on design projects and workshops, concerning the convergence of fashion products and personal, mobile, consumer electronics.

In 2010 I returned to academia full-time and in 2018 I acquired my PhD degree at Umeå Institute of Design. In 2020 I was promoted to Associate Professor.

Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2021 : 79-83
Kaptelinin, Victor; Danielsson, Karin; Kaiser, Niclas; et al.
Umeå Institute of Design Research Publications, 006
Kuenen, Stoffel
Proceedings of the Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement: Sense and Sensitivity, DeSForM 2017, INTECH 2017 : 309-324
Peeters, Jeroen; Kuenen, Stoffel; Trotto, Ambra
Proceedings of Tenth International Conferencee on Tangible Embodied and Embedded Interaction, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2016 : 545-550
Peeters, Jeroen; Trotto, Ambra; Kuenen, Stoffel
HCI International 2016: Posters' Extended Abstracts : 18th International Conference, HCI International 2016 Toronto, Canada, July 17–22, 2016 Proceedings, Part II, Springer 2016 : 546-551
Teixeira, Fabio; Batista, Claudia Regina; Trotto, Ambra; et al.
TEI '15 Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, New York: ACM Digital Library 2015 : 441-4444
Kuenen, Christoffel
KEER2014: Proceedings of the 5th Kanesi Engineering and Emotion Research, Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press 2014 : 313-328
Peeters, Jeroen; Kuenen, Christoffel; Trotto, Ambra; et al.
Design's big debates pushing the boundaries of design research, DRS 2014, Umeå, Sweden: Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University 2014 : 87-
Kuenen, Christoffel
10th European Academy of Design Conference - Crafting the Future Göteborg April 17th - 19th, 2013
Davoli, Lorenzo; Kuenen, Christoffel
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction - TEI '13, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2013 : 323-326
Dijk, van, Jelle; Moussette, Camille; Kuenen, Christoffel; et al.
Proceedings of the 5th International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2013, IASDR'13: “Consilience and Innovation in Design”
Kuenen, Christoffel; Redström, Johan
Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, Vereniging Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (Netherlands) 2013, (157)
Kuenen, Christoffel
Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, New York: ACM Press 2012 : 351-354
Moussette, Camille; Kuenen, Christoffel; Israr, Ali
Proceedings of the 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Making Sense Through Design, ACM New York: 2012 : 21-30
Stienstra, Jelle; Bruns Alonso, Miguel; Wensveen, Stephan; et al.
Diversity and Unity: proceeding of the International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference 2011, IASDR'11
Lévy, Pierre; Kuenen, Christoffel; Overbeeke, Kees; et al.

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