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Erik Duval

I chair the informatics section of the computer science department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where I also chair the research unit on human-computer interaction. My research is situated in the long-standing quest to “augment the human intellect“. Our current focus is on

  • Capturing user actions for analysis of the user experience (with sensors like brainwave, ECG, eyetracking, … but also software sensors that track what people do)
  • Personal information visualisation, where we try to help users with awareness, reflection, sensemaking, and behaviour change.

Typical application areas for our research include

  • technology enhanced learning and learning analytics,
  • science2.0 and digital humanities,
  • personal health,
  • data journalism.

I regularly keynote on these topics. In practical terms, my team researches information visualisation, mobile information devices, multi-touch displays, quantified self and personal informatics. If you want more details, then please have a look at the pages of my research unit, my publications (see also my google scholar profile and my microsoft academic search profile), my presentations, my facebook page and my blog – or follow me on twitter. This academic year, I teach courses on Fundamentals of Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualisation, problem solving and design in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd bachelor of engineering. (My courses of previous years are still available.) You may also be interested in what my Master thesis students do. I serve on the executive committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), as a fellow of the AACE, as a member of ACM, and the IEEE computer society, on the Editorial Review Board and the Executive Advisory Board of the International Journal on E-Learning, as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT), on the board of editors of the Journal of Universal Computer Science, and as a member of the informatics section of the Academia Europeae. I co-founded two spin-offs that apply research results for access to music and scientific output, as well as the not-for-profit ARIADNE Foundation that promotes share and reuse of learning material.



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  1. wesley wingelaar (@WesleyyF1) / Jun 1 2012 11:36 pm

    Hey Erik,

    Ik was vandaag bij de keynote van U.

    Daar sprak u over een website, op het laatst…iets met udn of udm…

    Ik ben de naam vergeten, en wil graag wetel welke dat was.

    Uw presentatie was SUPER!!!!, Bedankt.

    Groetjes Wesley Wingelaar

  2. tensin / Jun 6 2012 4:30 pm

    Hello Erik
    Your name was given to be by Stephan Downes. I’d like to contact you regarding a paper on learning analytics. Would you mind sharing your email address with me?

  3. marc steemans / Mar 16 2013 7:29 pm

    Beste Erik, ik heb je uiteenzetting gehoord op het congres van directies in Blankenberge eergisteren. Ik vond dit erg boeiend . Hoe kan ik strategisch van start gaan in mijn school om tot technology enchanced learning te komen . Ken je opleiders die ons daarbij kunnen helpen ? Ondersteunen je studenten soms ?
    Ik zou graag een dynamische werking met leerlingen op poten zetten in verband met het maken van een filmpje over de school. Hoe kan ik daarbij wikipedia, blog, enz. inzetten ? Hoe kan ik me daarin bekwamen ?

    Bedankt alleszins voor de prikkelende insteken .

    • Erik Duval / Mar 18 2013 12:13 am

      Marc, dat zijn vele vragen 😉

      Ik doe soms wel opvolgsessies in scholen, waarbij deelnemers meer concreet aan de slag gaan. En we doen ook heel wat projecten waarbij we praktisch experimenteren. Misschien best eens bellen of afspreken in Leuven?

      • marc steemans / Mar 19 2013 1:22 am

        Bedankt . Op welk telefoonnummer kan ik je bereiken ?

  4. Zhenkai Yang / May 15 2013 5:04 pm

    Hi Erik,
    I am a student in KU Leuven studying statistics. I attended your presentation yesterday. It was really great and informative! I am very interested in data analysis and visualization techniques you shared. My blog is (I just started to write it not long ago)

  5. Robyn Schell / May 22 2014 9:27 pm

    Hi Erik, I read about your work on a blog by Rita Kop who attended Solar conference in Banff. I’d like a citation for the paper that suggests that students spend a significant part of their learning time outside their LMS. We are considering an analytics package for our LMS at Simon Fraser University. Thanks, Robyn


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