Prof. dr. Raf Ramakers
Hasselt University
Expertise Centre for Digital Media (Office 0.04)
Wetenschapspark 2
3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
​+32-11-268401
raf.ramakers@uhasselt.be


I am an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at Hasselt University and affiliated with the research institute Expertise Centre for Digital Media. I do research and teach in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). My research focuses on novel software and hardware tools to facilitate making ubiquitous computing devices. This includes tools to author sensor-based systems for physical computing and new approaches for designing and building form factors using digital fabrication machinery.

I am incredibly grateful for working together with talented students and researchers. As a technical-oriented researcher in human-computer interaction, I enjoy working across different disciplines. In the past this included computer science, electrical engineering, media design, and material science. Besides technical advice, I guide students in finding a project that is worth to pursue and mentor them on a weekly basis in order to turn an idea into a novel world-class project. This approach resulted in top-tier publications, patents, and valorizations projects. If you are a researcher or student interested in similar research topics, I am glad to see how we could collaborate. Feel free to send me a mail: raf.ramakers@uhasselt.be

I received my PhD in Computer Science in 2016 from Hasselt University, working with Kris Luyten and Johannes Schoning. My PhD thesis, entitled “End-User control over Physical User-Interfaces: From Digital Fabrication to Real-Time Adaptability” was awarded with both the FWO – IBM Innovation Award and the FWO – Nokia Bell Scientific Prize. These awards are given annually to the best Belgian PhD dissertation in respectively Computer Science and Information and Communication Technology.

Latest Research Projects

SoftMod: A Soft Modular Plug-and-Play Kit for Prototyping Electronic Systems

Mannu Lambrichts, Jose Maria Tijerina, Raf Ramakers
To appear in proceedings TEI 2020 (more info soon)

StackMold: Rapid Prototyping of Functional Multi-Material Objects with Selective Levels of Surface Details

Tom Valkeneers, Danny Leen, Daniel Ashbrook, Raf Ramakers
In Proceedings of UIST'19

Danny Leen, Tom Veuskens, Kris Luyten, Raf Ramakers
In Proceedings of CHI'19

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