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Maarten Pieter P Van Mechelen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoc

Maarten Pieter P Van Mechelen


Maarten Van Mechelen is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Computational Thinking & Design at Aarhus University in Denmark, specialised in the field of Child-Computer Interaction and, more specifically, the domains of Digital Design Literacy and Computational Empowerment. His current research focuses on how to support children’s personal agency in a digitized society through learning activities that combine design and making with critical reflection on the ethical and societal impacts of emergent technologies, including the internet of things (IoT), augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).


Previously, Maarten held academic positions at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands and the Meaningful Interactions Lab (Mintlab) at KU Leuven in Belgium. The interdisciplinary character of his research has developed during his education through degrees in Cultural Studies (MA from Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Graphic Design (MA from PXL MAD), followed by a jointly funded Ph.D. in the Arts and Social Sciences (UHasselt – KU Leuven).

Maarten is a steering committee member of the FabLearn Europe / MakeEd conference series, and an associated editor of the International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. He has received honourable mention awards for publications at IDC 2018 and CHI 2020, and was one of the recipients of the prestigious KU Leuven Society Award Humanities & Social Sciences in 2018.


Key interests: Child-Computer Interaction, Maker Education, Participatory Design, Values in Design, Computational Empowerment, Digital Design Literacy, Emergent Technologies

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