University of Antwerpen

The University of Antwerp is one of the major Belgian universities located in the city of Antwerp, with approximately 20.000 students. As of 2014, the University of Antwerp ranks as 170th globally according to Times Higher Education. The mission of the research group Product Development is to support companies with product innovation and applied research. We focus on applied scientific research and research valorization within three foci: Human Centered Design, Design for Sustainability and Strategic Design. Within our research valorization we developed a thematic focus on products and services for care and care technology. It encompasses the development of new systems, processes, products and services that improve the quality of care.

Fields of activity
  • education
  • applied research
  • development activities
Role within the project
  • Solution Design
  • Prototyping and Iterative Adaptations
  • Solution Testing
  • Implementation and Piloting
Reference projects
  • SME-innovation study-IWT 150303: Physical Tokens for a Higher User Experience in Digital Toys. (01/08/2015 – 31/07/2017)
  • Product Service System (PSS) design capacity: design of Product Service Systems as integrated design problem – enhancing customer value and user experience. (PhD Ivo Dewit – Defense 10/2017)
  • Ideating hybrid product service systems: PhD Dries De Roeck, Studio Dott – Defense 10/2019)
  • Physical Interaction in a Dematerialized World – PhD Lukas Van Campenhout – Defense 05/2016)
  • Design 4 Health – PhyT (IWT) (01/01/15 – 31/12/17) Product Stigmaticity: understanding, measuring and managing product-related stigma (PhD dissertation Dr. K.Vaes)

Ambtmanstraat 1
2000 Antwerpen

Contact person:
Kristof Vaes (kristof.vaes(W>7Fp34BTwefKdH)


National funding agency:
Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship