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Maarten Pieter P Van Mechelen

Postdoctoral Researcher, Postdoc

Maarten Pieter P Van Mechelen

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As a postdoc researcher at the Center for Computational Thinking & Design (Aarhus University), and previously at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering (TU Delft) and the Meaningful Interactions Lab (Mintlab, KU Leuven), my goal is to enable people, and in particular children, to shape their future in a technology-mediated world by involving them as active participants in a reflective research and design process. I thereby draw from the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. The interdisciplinary character of my work has developed during my education through degrees in Cultural Sciences (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).

Key interests: Child-Computer Interaction, Internet of Toys, Participatory Design, Computational Empowerment, Digital Design Literacy

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