Johannes de Boer


Function:PhD Student


Johannes (Groningen, the Netherlands) received his master’s degree in Communication Studies from the University of Twente in 2008. During his studies he worked in the FP6 EU COGKNOW project as a technical support specialist. For his graduation thesis (deliverable of the COGKNOW project) he developed and studied an auditory navigation system for people with mild dementia.

From 2008 to 2011, Johannes was an Interaction Designer and consultant at the Telematica Instituut (now: Novay) in Enschede, the Netherlands. For the institute he has done research and design in the areas of healthcare & ICT, mobile applications, and electronic government services. He also contributed to the TalkMeHome project. This project was funded by the Economical Innovation Program of the Province of Overijssel.

In July 2010 Johannes joined the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Arnhem as a lecturer in Interaction Design & Usability Engineering. In that context he was part of the organizing committee of the Chi Nederland conference 2011: Chi Sparks. In June 2011, he became a PhD candidate and lecturer at the Saxion University for Applied Sciences and the University of Twente, the Netherlands.

His research aims at applying modern day technologies for behavioral safety change. The project that encompasses his PhD research is called Safety@Work (Dutch: Veiligheid op de Werkvloer), and has been funded by RAAK MKB for a period of four years (01-01-2011 to 01-01-2015). The focus of his research is in applying mechanisms from psychology and HMI into this field.

His skills consist of creating storyboards, scenarios, moodboards. Besides his research he gives lectures in HTML & CSS, User Centered Design Methods, Usability methodology, and requirements analysis.