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Christel De Maeyer

Researcher & Lector in Digital Media

The Rise of Humane Technologies

Christel De Maeyer is a legend when it comes to wearable devices and behavior design. Now all things are connected, she’ll discuss how we got there and new evolutions as well, such as the concept of ‘digital twins’.

She’ll whirl you around a data-driven world, going from macro (society) to micro (the individual). What pitfalls and opportunities occur in this world?

During the journey you’ll see concepts such as ‘Privacy by Design’ and ‘AI trustworthy guidelines’.  Today, we are facing hesitation and even fear when it comes to new technologies. WE are in the driver’s seat when it comes to using data differently and smarter. Let’s build trust and reverse the perception! Let’s move towards ‘Humane Technologies’.


About Christel De Maeyer

Christel De Maeyer, researcher and lector at Artevelde University College, Ghent, Belgium.

She has held an international career in the field of Digital Media for over 30 years. She has a Master degree in Communication Science, New Media and Society in Europe, VUB – SMIT – Brussels, where she researched wearable devices and behavior change. In 2008 she got involved in the Persuasive Technology Lab at Stanford University, working on behavior design with the team of Dr. BJ Fogg in the area of Peace Innovation and wearable tech.

PhD Candidate, User Centered Engineering Group, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology. Her main interest lies in the domain of behavior change due to technologies.

Recent articles:

  • December 2017, Can Quantified Self Be a Facilitating Technology to Help Older Adults Stay Longer in Their Home? Chapter Mobile Health, Springer
  • January 2018, Exploring Quantified Self Attitudes, Proceedings of the 11th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies (BIOSTEC 2018) – Volume 5: HEALTHINF, pages 253-260
  • March 2019, Chasing the Flowers, Does gentrification feed an anti-tech attitude in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley? Book published at ASP Editions, Brussels Belgium
  • January 2020, Are digital twins becoming our personal (predictive) advisors? ‘Our digital mirror of who we were, who we are and who we will become’., HCI International 2020, Conference Proceedings by Springer (July 2020)


  • Panorama Canvas ‘wordt gevolgd’, VRT, public television, broadcast August 30TH 2015,
  • Geconnecteerde mens, Top 50 Tech Pioneers, De Tijd 2017,


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