TEI in Eindhoven
TEI 2016 will be hosted by the Industrial Design department of the Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The conference's main program will be held in the Auditorium of the Eindhoven University of Technology, located at the heart of the university campus at walking distance from the central station and from hotels and restaurants in the city center. Several parts of the program, such as studio-workshops, the demo session and the conference dinner will be hosted at various locations in close proximity to the main venue.
Eindhoven has developed itself into the capital of Dutch design, with a special emphasis on high tech industries. The city is located in the so-called 'Brainport Region': a region in the Netherlands known for its high density of creative industry, high-tech industry and design education, for which it was awarded “world’s smartest region 2011”. Also, Eindhoven is host to the yearly Dutch Design Week: an event that showcases Dutch design to an ever-growing international public. The vibrant mix of technology and design make Eindhoven and TEI a perfect match.
TU/e Department of Industrial Design
The department of Industrial Design at TU/e has established itself as an internationally renowned design-research department with a particular focus on highly interactive products, systems and services. It was founded in 2001 in a close collaboration with major local and global industries such as Philips and Océ, with which they still holds close ties. It currently employs more than 200 staff members and hosts over 600 students. The department of Industrial Design has a specific focus on designing and researching intelligent systems, products and related services, which addresses aspects such as adaptive behaviour, context-awareness and highly dynamic interaction. The applied approach is one that values societal relevance, trans-disciplinarity and learning-by-doing, emphasizing the role of making and prototyping as generators of scientific knowledge.