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Centre for User Experience Research (CUO)

The Centre for User Experience Research (CUO) is a research group within the Institute for Media Studies (IMS) of the faculty of Social Sciences at the KU Leuven, and is part of iMinds.

CUO's multidisciplinary team of 12 researchers specialises in social design of interactive applications and artefacts. Our work is based on the principles of inclusion, participation, social interaction, sustainability, open design and experimentation. We research and design in the domains of Art & Culture, Future Health and Media & Entertainment. CUO follows an iterative design process actively involving users and other stakeholders. We do this by participatory design, mapping the context, creating prototypes & artefacts and evaluating the user experience.


27/04 - Collaboration CUO and Social Spaces

From now on, CUO and Social Spaces will continue their fruitful collaboration as separate research groups instead of one joint research group. This means we will soon update our current website and actively post recent news here.

Older news articles from CUO can still be found at the website of CUO | Social Spaces.

13/06 - Tangible, intuitive, interactive interface (TIII) event 24th June 2013

The TIII-team at Howest | Industrial Design Center, organizes an event on Tangible, intuitive, interactive interface (TIII) on June 24th, 2013 during “Week van het Ontwerpen”.

You can participate in several hands-on workshops and interactive demo sessions.

They find it very important for their user group to come together and talk about the future interfaces in an interdisciplinary team. By offering them a networking platform, they try to stimulate their partners to cooperate with each other and throw together their expertise to create new and wonderful things.

This event will offer their user group the latest insights in the world of TIII. During the workshops, participants will get the opportunity to actively learn more about the TIII philosophy. Topics that will be handled are Smart Textiles, gestures recognition, Makey Makey, and paper prototyping.

Afterwards they end this day with interactive demo sessions where participants will get the chance to ask questions about TIII created by students and companies

Because of the interdisciplinary character of TIII, they focus on a broad target group. Knowledge about this subject is not required in order to participate.


Registration is required! Go to www.howest.be/tiii to sign in.


Date: 24/06/2013

Location: Magdalenastraat 48 8500 Kortrijk 


06/05 - Workshop on participatory design for persons with impairments at Interact 2013

Are you interested in participatory design and do you work with users with impairments? We organize a workshop on participatory design for persons with cognitive or sensory impairments at Interact 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop will be held on Tuesday September 3rd.

Workshop on participatory design for users with impairments

Involving people with impairments in the design process is very challenging, especially when impairments affect cognitive functions or communication. People with such impairments may have substantial problems with thought processes and communication, including understanding abstractions, sequencing thoughts and actions, understanding symbols, and interpreting social cues. Many participatory design techniques are based on these processes and are therefore not usable, or need to be adjusted for people with impairments.

Workshop aims

This workshop aims to exchange experiences with participatory design techniques that were designed for, or adapted to people with impairments. Since many of these techniques are highly focused on specific target groups, a further aim is to extract general principles and to generate guidelines for involving users with impairments in the design process.

Who should attend?

Researchers and designers who have been involved in one or more design-oriented project(s) involving users with impairments are invited to participate. After this workshop, a call for papers will be launched for a special issue (on the topic of the workshop) of the journal CoDesign.

Important dates

  • May 15: application deadline
  • May 24: notification of acceptance
  • September 3: workshop date
  • September 4 to 6: Interact main conference

Further information & contact

Please visit our project website for the workshop’s programme and to apply for the workshop: http://interact2013impairmentsworkshop.wordpress.com/. For more information and questions, please contact Karin Slegers: karin.slegers@soc.kuleuven.be

We hope to see you in Cape Town in September!

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