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  • Jiwei Zhou
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    JIWEI ZHOU

    PhD Candidate - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    [email protected]

    Instagram: @jiwei_zhou_ @the_tea_recipes


    SUPERVISORS

    Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana

    Prof. Dr. Elisa Giaccardi

    Dr. Zjenja Doubrovski

    Jiwei graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai with Bachelor of Engineer in Industrial Design. She then completed “Design for Interaction” master track and obtained Master of Science at Delft University of Technology. Throughout her growth towards a designer and a design researcher she has been fascinated with materials and their relationships with people. Her bachelor thesis developed a clay-like material from tea waste from the tea industry in her hometown Sichuan in China. In her master thesis, in collaboration with Diana Scherer - who developed Interwoven textile grown from plant roots, she explored the potential of digital bio-fabrication with plant roots in weaving three dimensional artefacts (supervised by Elvin Karana and Jun Wu). As a designer she aims to create things that bring new perspectives and inspirations to both people and our society.Jiwei’s design practices usually departure from novel materials, with a special focus on emerging experiences and social implications they bring to human society. Her main research fields are bio-based materials, “growing design” and “living artefacts”.


    Current Project

    “HABITALITIES” WITH LIVING ARTEFACTS

    As a PhD candidate at the Materials Experience Lab of Delft University of Technology, she studies "habitabilities of living artefacts". To raise critical questions about our social relationship with living materials, her current design practice investigates mediums and ways to augment the expressions of well-being of photosynthetic micro-organisms that are in a mutualistic relationship with humans, thus promoting "habitabilities" for both humans and our living cohabitants.

  • Federico Trevia
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    FEDERICO TREVIA

    Researcher - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

     

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    [email protected]

     


    SUPERVISOR

    Dr. Elvin Karana

    Dr. Jan Carel Diehl

    Federico is currently working on project DELTAP at the Industrial Design Engineering Faculty of TU Delft, in collaboration with the faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences at TU Delft. Project DELTAP focuses on developing an integrative approach for smart small-scale piped water supply in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna Delta. The focus of Federico’s research is on the exploration and use of local materials (both natural and waste-based) in Rajshahi, Bangladesh, as resource for DIY-materials, together with the integration of the water system in the community. Main areas of interest are fulfillment of system requirements, water distribution in the village and social adoption.

    Prior to this Federico received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Design from Politecnico di Milano in 2011 and his Master degree in Design For Interaction at TU Delft in 2013 with a graduation project at Philips Design. After his studies he has been working for different sized companies and industries both in Italy and The Netherlands, spanning from education start-ups and product design studios to industrial groups and advertising agencies.

    Working as a professional designer he gained experience in human centered design, product design and conceptualization, process visualization and project management.

    Materials exploration, use and enhancement has always been at the heart of his projects, in the quest of defining how to convey experiences through shape, form and texture. In his career Federico was involved in projects related to the discovery of textile’s transparency, perception and reflectivity for space design; wood selection, shaping and treatment for public space and interior design projects; aluminum treatment for texture, shape and finishing in luxury product design; paper and cardboard investigation and treatment for packaging design.


    Current Project

    DIY MATERIAL EXPERIENCES IN DELTAS

    In this project, Federico Trevia explores how (new) materials are experienced in BoP countries, specifically in Deltas in India and Bangladesh; as well as the dynamics of the society and the organization to be taken into account in the development and implementation of DIY material practices for locally produced products. 


    PUBLICATIONS

    1. Evelien Van de Garde-Perik, Federico Trevia, Adam Henriksson, Luc Geurts and Helle Ullerup (2016). Getting a GRIP at the Design of a Nature Inspired Relaxation Space for Work-Related Stress. International Journal of Arts and Technology, Volume 9, Issue 3. https://doi.org/10.1504/IJART.2016.078612

  • Jose Martinez Castro

    Jose Martinez Castro

    Researcher – Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

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    [email protected]


    SUPERVISORS

    Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana

    Jose is a researcher at TU Delft, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. Throughout his studies, he has been passionate on exploring the intersection between biology, engineering, and design. In 2019, he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (Canada) where he specialized in Biomedical Engineering. During his Bachelor's degree, Jose interned at numerous companies and research labs ranging from developing accessible surgical equipment to conducting sports fabric aerodynamic testing for clients such as Nike and Sugoi.

    He continued his studies at TU Delft in the Master's Program of Integrated Product Design. During his Master's, Jose became interested in combining computational design with biological/bioinspired systems to develop unique material experiences. In 2021, he presented his thesis with the Materials Experience Lab on using material driven design (MDD) with computational tools to create Tex(alive), an animated textile toolkit to aid designers in exploring the material experience of livingness in shape-changing interfaces.

    Currently, Jose continues his research with the Materials Experience Lab where he supports ongoing research with emerging and living materials by incorporating computational design and digital visualization techniques.


    Current Project

    COLOURED BY FLAVO

    Flavo bacteria's structural color and responsiveness to its environment presents a unique interactive medium. Designing with such living organisms presents new challenges when its temporality and surrounding conditions lead to variable expressions by the organism. Jose's role is to utilize the ongoing characterization research of Flavo Bacteria to develop and envision a future digital tool that can aid biodesigners in understanding and designing with these living organisms.


    Publications

    1. Esfandiari, H., Martinez, J., Gonzalez Alvarez, A., Street, J., Anglin, C., & Hodgson, A. J. (2017). An automated, robust and closed form mini-RSA system for intraoperative C-arm calibration. International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery, 12, S37-S38.

  • Alice Buso
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    Alice Buso

    Ph.D. Candidate - Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

    [email protected]

    www.alicebuso.com


    SupervisorS

    Prof. dr. Elvin Karana

    Prof. dr. ir. Kaspar Jansen

    Dr. Holly McQuillan

    Alice Buso is a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft, researching Animated Textiles. Her PhD aims to unveil the potential of Animated Textiles for novel experiential and performative possibilities through the lenses of Materials Experience. Alice is originally from Italy, where she obtained a BSc in Product Design from Politecnico di Torino. In 2017 she moved to the Netherlands to pursue the MSc in Integrated Product Design at TU Delft. After graduation, she started to work at the same university as a researcher, extending her master’s final project on soft robotics for comfort applications. During this period, she developed an interest in understanding how emerging technologies and materials can be merged with design.


    Current Project

    DESIGNING ACTIVE EXPERIENCE PATTERNS WITH ANIMATED TEXTILES: AN EXPLORATION OF PERFORMATIVITY

    This PhD research introduces Animated Textiles as an overarching term for textiles that are active, adaptive and autonomous not only through computational elements (e.g., sensors and actuators) but also through their inherent chemical, structural, or biological qualities. Thus, Animated Textiles expands the current definition of Smart Textiles, considering both the smartness of digital or physical components and the intrinsic mechanical qualities of textiles as equally significant in their final expression and function.

    This PhD aims to investigate the experiential potential of Animated Textiles, with a focus on their performativity, i.e., actions and performances a textile material elicits from people. Seamless connections between the material qualities and performativity, referred to as active experience patterns in materials experience (Giaccardi and Karana, 2015), can help Animated Textiles to be more easily assimilated in our everyday lives, as part of our daily practices, and keep them remain relevant for a longer time. Accordingly, Alice poses the questions: How do we design for certain actions in Animated Textiles? What role do textile qualities, both digital and physical, play in the interaction with Animated Textiles?


    Publications

    1. Buso, A., McQuillan, H., Jansen, K., Karana, E. (2022, June). The Unfolding of Textileness in Animated Textiles: An Exploration of Woven Textile-Forms. In DRS International Conference 2022, 25 June-3 July, Bilbao, Spain. [accepted]

    2. Buso, A., Scharff, R. B. N., Doubrovski, E. L., Wu, J., Wang, C. C. L., & Vink, P. (2020, May). Soft Robotic Module for Sensing and Controlling Contact Force. In 2020 3rd IEEE International Conference on Soft Robotics (RoboSoft) (pp. 70-75). IEEE.

    3. Buso, A., & Shitoot, N. (2019). Sensitivity of the foot in the flat and toe-off positions. Applied Ergonomics, 76, 57-63.

  • Anouk Zeeuw van der Laan
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    ANOUK ZEEUW VAN DER LAAN

    Ph.D. Candidate - Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London

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    Supervisor

    Dr. Marco Aurisicchio

    Dr. Elvin Karana

    Dr. Valentina Rognoli

    Anouk is a PhD Candidate at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London. She received her BSc. and MSc. in Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology. Anouk developed an interest for materials and why materials that can last centuries, are often selected for disposable products used for minutes. Her MSc thesis was material-driven and aimed to investigate opportunities for the use of waste materials, such as waste coffee grounds [1]. After her graduation Anouk continued to work with a Material-Driven Design approach in the development of new materials in collaboration with Innventia. To better understand the mismatch of material lifetime and product lifetime, Anouk joined the Kraft Heinz Company to learn about materials in the fast-moving consumer goods industry. She worked in continuous improvement, packaging procurement and packaging R&D. 


    Publications

    1. Karana E., Barati, B., Rognoli V., Zeeuw Van Der Laan, A., (2015). Material Driven Design (MDD): A Method To Design For Material Experiences. International Journal of Design, 9(2), 35-54. 

    2. Zeeuw van der Laan, A. and Aurisicchio, M. (2017) ‘Planned Obsolescence in the Circular Economy’, in PLATE conference 2017, pp. 446–452. doi: 10.3233/978-1-61499-820-4-446.

  • Camilo Ayala Garcia
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    DR. Camilo Ayala Garcia

    Assistant Professor - Design Department Universidad de los Andes Bogotá, Colombia.

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    SupervisorS

    Dr. Valentina Rognoli

    Dr. Elvin Karana

    Camilo obtained his Ph.D. degree on the topic of Do-It-Yourself Materials as triggers of change at Politecnico di Milano. Prior to this Ph.D. research, Camilo received his Bachelor degree in Industrial Design from the Los Andes University in Bogotá in the year 2004. He also obtained his Bachelor Degree in Textile Design from the same university simultaneously. In the year 2007, received his Master of Arts in Design degree from Domus Academy (the University of Wales accredited school of design) in Milan awarded with Distinction.

    Camilo began his professional career in Colombia back in 2001, where he earned experience in the product design field developing several projects for renowned local and international clients. After various years of work as a professional designer, he moved to Germany to attend at Hochschule Pforzheim the MSc. Produktentwicklung (Product development) as a guest student and learn the language. Subsequently, he transferred to Italy to complete his Master studies. After his graduation, he started to share time being tutor at Domus Academy and working as a product designer for Donegani & Lauda studio and Cammarata Gioelli both in Milan for some years. Camilo decided to return to his hometown to become full-time professor and researcher at his alma mater where is currently entitled Assistant Professor in the design department.
    Together with his teaching activities, Camilo devotes his research to local materials and products development, with several patents granted as well as different academic contributions published.


    Project

    THE MATERIALS GENERATION - The Emerging Experience of DIY Materials



    Patents

    1. Utility Patent: Hebilla Para Chaleco Antibalas. Deposited: 26/04/2011

      Patent Number: 11050690

      Sector: Mechanical Engineering

      Status: Granted

    2. Utility Patent: Placa De Protección Balistica Para Chalecos Antibalas

      Personales En Material Compuesto.

      Deposited: 26/04/2011

      Patent Number: 11050701

      Sector: Chemical Engineering

      Status: Granted

    3. Utility Patent: Chaleco Balístico Ajustable Portamuniciones.

      Deposited: 28/12/2012

      Patent Number: 12235979

      Sector: Mechanical Engineering

      Status: Granted

    4. Utility Patent: Sistema Modular Flexible Multi Talla Para Casco De

      Protección Balística.

      Deposited: 04/03/2013

      Patent Number: 13043301

      Sector: Mechanical Engineering

      Status: Granted

  • Yask Kulshreshtha
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    YASK KULSHRESHTHA

    Visiting researcher - Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    PhD candidate -the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

    [email protected]

    [email protected]


    SupervisorS

    Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana

    Dr. Henk Jonkers

    Dr. Phil Vardon

    Dr. Nelson Mota

    Prof. Mark van Loosdrecht

    Yask Kulshreshtha is a visiting researcher at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering and a PhD candidate at the Faculty of Civil Engineering & Geosciences. He is conducting research on building affordable, durable, and desirable homes using locally available mud and biological resources.

    After finishing his bachelors in Engineering from BVM Engineering college in India, he moved to Delft and started an MSc program in Civil Engineering. In his master thesis, he developed a corn starch based material (named CoRncrete) and continued researching on it after graduating (with honours) in 2015. Yask moved back to Inda in 2016 to embark on a nine months-long backpacking trip in India. On this trip, he spent time learning the traditional building construction methods and used this knowledge to write a PhD proposal that took him back to Delft in 2017. Since then, Yask is carrying out multidisciplinary research at the intersection of materials sciences, civil engineering, geosciences, architecture, and design. He is fascinated by cow-dung and investigating the science behind its well-known water-resistant properties. He was recently awarded a grant from the Dutch science foundation (NWO) to extend his work on cow-dung and explore its application as an ecological brick that can regulate the indoor climate of buildings. Within this project, he is actively involved in research with the materials experience lab.


    Current Project

    COW-DUNG MUD BRICK INSTALLATION 

    The project aims at creating an installation that transforms from one form to another by gradually disintegrating under the influence of rain and wind. This installation would be built on a biological cow farm in Delft. The installation aims to invoke people to re-think natural building material as an eco-friendly alternative to concrete and fired brick construction.


    PUBLICATIONS

    1. Marsh, A. T. M., & Kulshreshtha, Y. (2021). The state of earthen housing worldwide: how development affects attitudes and adoption. (Aceepted in Building Research & Information)

    2. Kulshreshtha, Y., Mota, N. J. A., Jagadish, K. S., Bredenoord, J., Vardon, P. J., van Loosdrecht, M. C. M., & Jonkers, H. M. (2020). The potential and current status of earthen material for low-cost housing in rural India. Construction and Building Materials, 247, 118615. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2020.118615

    3. Kulshreshtha, Y., Schlangen, E., Jonkers, H. M., Vardon, P. J., & van Paassen, L. A. (2017). CoRncrete: A corn starch based building material. Construction and Building Materials, 154, 411–423. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.conbuildmat.2017.07.184

    4. Paassen, L. van, & Kulshreshtha, Y. (2017). Biopolymers: Cement Replacement. In Cultivated Building Materials. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783035608922-013

 

Material is a Medium. It communicates ideas, beliefs, approaches; compels us to think, feel and act in certain ways; enables and enhances functionality and utility. Materials Experience emphasises this role of materials as being simultaneously technical and experiential.

 
 

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