On-going research projects

ENERGE: Energizing Education to Reduce GHG emissions (2019-2022, INTERREG NWE, EU)

#sustainability, secondary schools, sensing and self-reporting, low cost energy strategies, comfort controls
Lead organisation: NUI Galway, Ireland
TUD co-researchers: Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera
TUD co-researchers (Post-doc): Dr. Abhi Singh
INTERREG Objective SO2: To facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in NWE
Partners: NUI Galway (IR), TU Delft (NL), Universitè du Luxembourg (LX), University of Castel (UK), Université de Tours (FR), R2M Solution (UK), OfficeVitae (NL), POWERPOINT Engineering (UK)
Abstract: Generate best practices of low-cost energy strategies and comfort controls for secondary schools by means of co-designing and using the ENERGE platform. The ENERGE platform will comprise of an information part that displays data from installed sensors & meters & self-reporting. This links to the application part where performance indicators (e.g. carbon emissions) & subjective factors (e.g. health, wellbeing) are displayed in customised manner targeting various groups (e.g. students, parents, school managers, sectoral agencies, etc).

FoodSampler: Mixed methods for monitoring food intake: Towards a new generation of eHealth prevention apps (2018-2020, 40-44300-98-133, ZonMw CREATEHEALTH, NL)

#wellbeing, self-management, eHealth, sensing and self-reporting
Led by: TUD – IDE (Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera)
Main researcher (Post-doc): Dr. Kadian Davis-Owusu
Partners: HAN & ConnectedCare
Abstract: We aim to generate three knowledge-base blocks by means of a Research through Design and Mixed methods approach:
– Food contextualised knowledge
– Contextual tools to assess/explain food behaviour
– Engaging tools to report/reflect around food behaviour

Design for Mood Regulation (2019-2023, Prof. Pieter Desmet’s VICI grant)

#mood regulation, collective mood
PhD co-promotor: TUD – IDE (Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera)
Researcher (PhD): Alev Karova

Social Interactions in Office Environments (2019-2023, Prof. David Keyson)

#social interactions, vitality, buildingsmood
PhD co-promotor: TUD – IDE (Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera)
Researcher (PhD): Susanne Colenberg

Completed research projects

Project code name: eHealth Living Lab: designing an eHealth Living Lab cluster in The Hague (2018, Challenge CID Kennis lab 2018 The Hague)

#wellbeing, living labs, eHealth, user engagement
Lead organisation: The Hague Univ. of Applied Science
Partners: The Hague Univ. of Applied Science, TUD, Municipality of The Hague, InHolland Univ. of Applied Sciences
Abstract: We want to boost the value of current and future healthy ageing innovations and its economical offset in The Hague, and contribute to a sustainable high quality of life for all citizens, focusing on the increasing senior population. Paramount to our approach is to put the senior citizens central to the innovation concept of eHealth Living labs.
– Romero Herrera, N., and Portnoy, J. (2019) eHealth Living Lab
cluster The Hague: Connecting co-creation activities for meaningful solutions in healthcare
, ISBN/EAN: 978-94-6366-142-3.

BOCS: Building Occupant Certificate System (2015-2017, Climate-KIC, EU)

#business accelerator, office Energy research, self-reporting comfort in office environments
Lead organisation: TUD – IDE
Abstract: Co-designing tools for measuring energy consumption in Office Buildings.

Conceptualising Inter-Household Energy Exchanges: An Anthropology-through-Design Approach (2013-2018, NL)

#energy exchanges, social realm, in-kind energy sharing, experience sampling, design ethnography rural india, anthropology
Lead organisation: TUD – IDE
Main researcher:Dr. Abhi Singh
Partners: NHL Hogeschool
Abstract: Understanding energy exchanges from a social realm perspective by means of Anthropology through design
– Singh, A (2019) Conceptualizing inter-household energy exchanges: An anthropology-through-design approach PhD Thesis TU Delft, ISBN: 978-94-6384-008-8

Beyond the numbers: The road towards the design of reflective personal systems for healthcare technology (2012-2016, SENIOR NL)

#hip replacement, research through design, self-management of home recovery
Lead organisation: TU Delft & TU Twente
Main researcher (PhD): Dr. Juan Jiménez Garcia
Partners: TU Twente, Inertia Technology
Abstract: Designing supportive healthcare technologies for older adults
– Jiménez García, J (2017) Beyond the numbers: A user-centered design approach for personal reflective healthcare technologies PhD Thesis TU Deflt. ISBN: 978-94-6259-490-6

SusLab NWE: Sustainable labs North West Europe (2012-2014, NWE Interreg, EU)

#sustainability, living labs, social housing, in-situ reporting and reflection of energy consumption and comfort
Lead organisation: TUD – IDE
TUD co-researcher: Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera
Partners: Chalmers TH, Innovation City Ruhr, Institute for Sustainability, Imperial College London, Hochschule Ruhr-West, CityPorts Academy, Johanneberg Science Park, Royal College of Art, Woonbron, Wuppertal Institute
Abstract: Design a living lab cross-national research infrastructure for the design of sustainable technologies in Social housing
– Keyson, D., Guerra-Santin, O., Lockton, D. (Eds.) (2017) Living Labs: Design and Assessment of Sustainable Living ISBN (eBook): 978-3-319-33527-8; (Hardcover): 978-3-319-33526-1; (Softcover): 978-3-319-81536-7

Design for Wellbeing (2009-2011, IOP-IPCR, NL)

#wellbeing, in-situ experience evaluations
Lead organisation: TU/e – ID
TUD Co-researcher: Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera
Abstract: In-situ UX evaluation of connectedness concepts for wellbeing

Independent Living (2009-2010, NL)

#persuasive technologies, physical and social activity, ageing
Lead organisation: TU/e – ID
TU/e Co researcher: Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera
Abstract: Increase social and physical activity of older adults in elderly homes

ASTRA 2 (2007-2009, EU)

#awareness systems, connectedness
Lead organisation:
Co-researcher: Dr. Natalia Romero Herrera

ASTRA (2003-2007, EU)

#awareness systems, in-situ design and evaluation, interpersonal privacy
Lead organisation: TU/e – ID
Main researcher: Natalia Romero Herrera
Abstract: Designing interpersonal privacy for awareness systems
– Romero Herrera (2008) Coordination of interpersonal privacy in mediated communication PhD Thesis Tu/e. ISBN: 978-90-386-1389-5

Field of research Topics of research Applied areas
  • Applied research
  • Field studies
  • In-situ measurements
  • <Mixed methods research
  • Research through design
  • Experience Sampling Method
  • Personal Informatics
  • Health Informatics
  • Sustainable wellbeing
  • Awareness systems
  • Social networks
  • Persuasive technologies
  • Connectedness
  • Interpersonal privacy
  • Home energy management
  • Home health recovery
  • Independent living
  • Physical & Social activity
  • Product adoption