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.