David Geerts was Research Manager of the Meaningful Interactions Lab (mintlab) at the Faculty of Social Sciences of KU Leuven until May 2021. David was specialized in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human-Centered Design, more specifically in designing social interactions in online media and Social TV, and supervised several research projects in this domain. He organized many workshops, special interest groups, and tutorials at international conferences, and for several years taught HCI for national and international master students. David was on the editorial board of the journal ‘Entertainment Computing’, was general chair of the ACM international conference on interactive experience for television and online video (ACM TVX, now ACM IMX) in 2015 and was president of the TVX steering committee for two consecutive terms. He has published more than 100 publications in various international conferences and journals, and regularly gave presentations, tutorials and guest lectures on topics related to Human-Computer Interaction.
David has a master in Communication Sciences at KU Leuven, a Master in Culture and Communication at KU Brussel, and a PhD in Social Sciences at KU Leuven. In 1996 he started working at Mediacentrum KU Leuven as coordinator, where he was responsible for arranging sponsor contracts, giving practical workshops for students in e-communication, teaching new media to secondary schools, organising and teaching courses in web design for practitioners, and managing the ICT infrastructure. In 2002 he started coordinating the Centre for Usability Research which was founded within Mediacentrum KU Leuven. In 2011 David became Research Manager of the renamed Centre for User Experience Research (CUO) which was changed in 2016 into the Meaningful Interactions Lab (mintlab). As of June 2021, he became research manager of the KU Leuven Digital Society Institute.
Memberships and affiliations
- Member of the ACM IMX Steering Committee
- Editor at the Quality and User Experience Journal
- Visiting professor at the Universidade Federal do Pará (Brazil)