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7 March - Participatory & Interdisciplinary Research
Christian Nold & Mike Thompson

How can we make use of the information we gather about our own bodies? That question triggered designer Christian Nold to create Bio Mapping. Instead of security technologies that are designed to control our behaviour, Nold envisages new tools, like Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), that allow people to selectively share and interpret their own bio data. With this research, Nold gathers information on individuals’ emotional arousal together with their geographic location. With this information, he creates maps that visualise points of high and low arousal. By involving users in his process, Nold demonstrates his forward-thinking ideas on participatory research.

A similar project is being conducted by Mike Thompson, a research associate in the CRISP* project. Thompson researches how job related stress can be measured and interpreted using devices like Galvanic Skin Response. In addition to GSR, Thompson conducted several workshops using tools and devices like customer journey and stakeholder maps. His research is done in collaboration with Philips, TU Eindhoven, health companies and the Communication Department of Design Academy Eindhoven. Trained as a designer (at the DAE Master Department) Thompson offers many interesting insights on the challenges and pitfalls of interdisciplinary research.


The White Lady programme focuses on the cultural, social and economical context of design with monthly lectures, debates and talks. The programme presents acknowledged design thinkers and makers from in and outside the design discipline. The aim is to explore how design is related to societal developments and vice versa.

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Published: 29-Feb-2012 11:43


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