Roadmap next research phase

Posted by Maarten Van Mechelen on Saturday October 26th 2013 at 17:54

In our current research for EMSOC my colleagues and I focus on the development of digital, tangible tools for teachers to stimulate pro-social behavior off- and online within a class group, as a means to strengthen social cohesion and to prevent (cyber)bullying from happening in the first place (i.e. general prevention).


Observing sleep monitoring

Posted by Bert Vandenberghe on Thursday October 24th 2013 at 16:55

For the NXT_SLEEP project, we observed the activities in three sleep centres. Those observations aim to map out the preparation, execution, and processing of sleep monitoring from the perspective of the patients and clinicians.

First, we were invited to the sleep centre of UZA to learn more about sleep research during an introductory tour, which focused on the technical aspects of a PSG (polysomnography, the golden standard in sleep research) to grasp the ‘why and how’ of sleep studies. We then focused our observation mainly on the processing of the recorded data.

Then, we observed the activities in the sleep centre of UZ Leuven to understand the ‘who, what and where’ of sleep research, while focussing on the preparation of a PSG.

We also observed in the sleep centre of the Orbis medical centre in Sittard. This ‘Hospital of the 21st century’ has a paperless workflow, an automated transport of goods, and only does ambulant sleep studies. This means that patients do not sleep in hospital (as in UZA and UZ Leuven), but they sleep at home while the signals are recorded. Here, we observed how the preparation and after-care of sleep studies in an ambulant setting are organized.

Now the captured information will be consolidated, to distill user requirements for the NXT_SLEEP sleep monitoring tool, which can then be used to start prototyping the user interface.

TRADERS: call for ESRs

Posted by Selina Schepers on Thursday October 17th 2013 at 16:41

Are you interested in joining an enthusiastic, international and interdisciplinary team of art and design researchers? And are you willing to conduct thought-provoking research in a participatory context?

‘TRADERS – Training art and design researchers in participation for public space’ is an FP-7, Seventh Framework Programme/Marie Curie Actions ( project that focuses on developing and testing a methodological framework on which art and design (A&D) researchers can rely when working on public space projects in participatory ways. This framework is transferable and aims to enhance the potentials in A&D practices to contribute creatively in processes of changes in public space and branches related to the public space, such mobility or health.

‘TRADERS’ is a network of 6 hosting Partner Institutions (and 5 (SME) Associate Partner Institutions): Faculty of the Arts, LUCA/Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (Belgium,, University of Gothenburg (Sweden,, Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands,, The Royal College of Art, School of Architecture, (United Kingdom,, Chalmers University of Technology, Department of Architecture (Sweden, and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium,

The project offers 6 positions for early stage researchers (ESRs), who will be involved in the project for a duration of 36 months (full-time equivalent), starting on 1 February 2014. The research fields that are particularly relevant to this call are: Art, Design, Architecture, Sociology and Anthropology.

To apply and for further information, please refer to the following documents:
TRADERS – call for ESRs – call document:
TRADERS – call for ESRs – application form:
TRADERS – call for ESRs _ information document:

Please submit your application by the 15th November 2013 prior to 17:00h Belgian time. For any further information, you can send your query to dr. Liesbeth Huybrechts ( or Selina Schepers (

Article on the DementiaLab (Dementielab – in Dutch)

Posted by Selina Schepers on Wednesday October 9th 2013 at 14:19

Tuesday the 8th of October local newspaper Het Belang van limburg published an article on the three regional social innovation projects funded by the Flemish government.

Dementielab Het Belang van Limburg - dementia lab

U-Cert is ready to start

Posted by Hanne Van Overloop on Monday October 7th 2013 at 09:44

We started with the development of an evaluation method, based on approximately 250 heuristics, to evaluate the usability of websites. A second and third set of heuristics, to evaluate mobile applications and mobile websites, were developed. All heuristics are based on international scientific research. U-Cert is now ready to start!