Martijn ten Bhömer

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Product Design & Manufacture

Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering / Faculty of Science and Engineering
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University of Nottingham Ningbo China


199 Taikang East Road, Ningbo, 315100, China


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PhD in Industrial Design (Best Thesis Department of Industrial Design), Eindhoven University of Technology
MSc (Cum Laude & Best Thesis) in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
BSc in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology


Dr. Martijn ten Bhömer completed his PhD studies at the Industrial Design Department of the Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands. During his PhD research, he investigated how an embodied approach to technology can underpin the design of smart textile products and services. His doctoral research has been awarded the Best Doctoral Research Project of the Industrial Design Department in 2016.

Before joining the University of Nottingham, he was Program Director of the Master in Industrial Design programme and founded and managed the "Digital Manufacturing Lab" at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. In 2018, he was awarded a grant from the highly competitive National Natural Science Foundation of China (International Young Scientist) and was awarded the title of Key Educator in Science and Education by the Suzhou Municipal Education Bureau.

Dr. ten Bhömer has published articles in journals such as Human-Computer Interaction and International Journal of Design, he has been a reviewer for various Interaction Design conferences (CHI, TEI and DIS) and journals (International Journal of Design, Strategic Design Journal, Sensors Journal, Sustainability Journal). He has organized and chaired the ArcIntex 2019 international conference in Suzhou and is a member of the ACM TEI program committee and gave keynote speeches at venues such as TEDx, Tongji University and the Smart Garment Industry Forum.

Previously Dr. ten Bhömer was engaged in research and development work in multinational companies such as Microsoft Research UK, Deutsche Telekom in Germany, OMsignal in Canada and Bambi Medical in the Netherlands, and has rich experience in the industry. Design research projects of Dr. ten Bhömer have been awarded in the Creative Business Cup, the Social Design Award, Index Award and the New Material Award. His work has been exhibited at national and international exhibitions, museums and conferences, such as South by Southwest in Austin, the Museum of Design in Zürich, the Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction conference in Stanford, and multiple Design Weeks in Eindhoven and Beijing.

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Professional membership

Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


ArcInTex Network Member (chair and organizer international network meeting in 2019)

Associate chair at ACM TEI (2020 & 2021)


Currently teaching:

  • Module Convener “Industrial Design and Professional Practice 2” (Year 3 Product Design & Manufacture)
  • Module co-convener “Major Design Project Preparation” (Year 4 Product Design & Manufacture)


Previous teaching experience:

  • Module Convener “Industrial Design and Professional Practice 1” (Year 2 Product Design & Manufacture)
  • Module Convener “User Centred Research and Design” (Year 3 Product Design & Manufacture)
  • Module leader “Design Studio: Human Needs 1 - Scales and Proportions” (Year 2 Industrial Design)
  • Module leader “Design Studio: Concept Generation & Interaction” (Year 3 Industrial Design)
    Module leader of “Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction” (Year 2 Industrial Design)
  • Module leader “Framing design research” (Master Industrial Design)


Full-scholarship Ph.D. opportunities

There are full-scholarship Ph.D. opportunities available all year round. The scholarship will include: tuition fee, month stipend, national insurance, accommodation fee, etc. The Ph.D. certificate will be awarded by The University of Nottingham UK.

Interested applicants are more than welcomed to contact Dr Martijn ten Bhömer for more information. (Email:

Research interests

Dr. Martijn ten Bhömer has a wide range of research interests related to Interaction Design, Smart Textiles and Human-Computer Interaction, including:

  • Interaction Design and Industrial Design
  • Smart textiles for healthcare i.e. rehabilitation and dementia
  • Embodied Interaction for HCI focusing on wearables and clothing
  • Design and manufacture tools for ultra-personalized textile products
  • Research-through-Design investigating the role of prototypes in multi-disciplinary collaboration

Awards / Patents

  • Student project "Evo-Posture" shortlisted in the RESHAPE 18 Design Award Global Top Ten Smart Product Competition (2018)
  • Qualified personnel of high-end talent gathering project in Science and Education Innovation Zone by the Suzhou Dushu Lake Science and Education Innovation Zone Management Committee (2018).
  • Student project won the winning prize of the China-US Youth Maker Competition (2018)
  • Awarded the best doctoral thesis of the year in the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology (2017)
  • Nomination INDEX Award (2015)
  • Social Design Talent Award (2014)
  • National winner Creative Business Cup (2014)
  • Best final Master Thesis year in the Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology (2010)
  • Finalist Philips Creative Challenge (2009)


Journal articles

Kleinsmann, M., & ten Bhömer, M. (2020). The (new) roles of prototypes during the co-development of digital product service systems. International Journal of Design, 14(1), 65–79.

ten Bhömer, M., Liang, H.-N., Yu, D., Liu, Y., Zhang, Y., de Laat, E., & Leegwater, C. (2019). Designing Predictive Tools for Personalized Functionalities in Knitted Performance Wear. Temes de Disseny, 35(1), 42–75.

Toeters, M., ten Bhömer, M., Bottenberg, E., Tomico, O., & Brinks, G. (2013). Research through Design: A Way to Drive Innovative Solutions in the Field of Smart Textiles. Advances in Science and Technology, 80, 112–117.

ten Bhömer, M., & van den Hoven, E. (2013). Interaction design for supporting communication between Chinese sojourners. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 17(1), 145–157.

O’Hara, K., Helmes, J., Sellen, A., Harper, R., ten Bhömer, M., & van den Hoven, E. (2012). Food for Talk: Phototalk in the Context of Sharing a Meal. Human–Computer Interaction, 27(1-2), 124–150.


Book Chapter

ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2016). Designing ultra-personalised embodied smart textile services for well-being. In L. van Langenhove (Ed.), Advances in Smart Medical Textiles (pp. 155–175). Woodhead Publishing.

Conference presentations

ten Bhömer, M., Liang, H.-N., & Yu, D. (2019). Machine Learning Enhanced User Interfaces for Designing Advanced Knitwear. HCII 2019. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 1033. (pp. 212–219). Springer International Publishing.

ten Bhömer, M., Tate, D., Wang, S., Campanile, F., & Chen, Y. (2019). Application of Robust Design Techniques for 3D Printing on Textiles. In Di Nicolantonio M., Rossi E., Alexander T. (Ed.), Advances in Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping: Proceedings of the AHFE 2019 International Conference on Additive Manufacturing, Modeling Systems and 3D Prototyping, July 24-28, 2019, Washington D.C., USA (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Series) (Vol. 975, pp. 153–165). Springer International Publishing.

ten Bhömer, M., Canova, R., & de Laat, E. (2018). Body Inspired Design for Knitted Body-Protection Wearables. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, 135–139.

ten Bhömer, M., & Du, H. (2018). Designing Personalized Movement-based Representations to Support Yoga. Proceedings of the 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, 283–287.

Brouwer, C. E., ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2015). Assessing Smart Textile Services using Bodily Knowledge of Tangibility. In R. Valkenburg, C. Dekkers, & J. Sluijs (Eds.), Proceedings of the 5th Participatory Innovation Conference (pp. 99–106).

Schelle, K. J., Gomez Naranjo, C., ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2015). Tactile Dialogues: Personalization of Vibrotactile Behavior to Trigger Interpersonal Communication. Proceedings of the Ninth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, 637–642.

Hertenberger, A., Scholz, B., Contrechoc, B., Stewart, B., Kurbak, E., Perner-Wilson, H., Posch, I., Cabral, I., Qi, J., Childs, K., Kuusk, K., Calder, L., Toeters, M., Kisand, M., ten Bhömer, M., Donneaud, M., Grant, M., Coleman, M., Satomi, M., … Nachtigall, T. R. (2014). 2013 e-Textile Swatchbook Exchange: The Importance of Sharing Physical Work. Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers: Adjunct Program, 77–81.

Wensveen, S. A. G., Tomico, O., ten Bhömer, M., & Kuusk, K. (2014). Growth plan for an inspirational test-bed of smart textile services. Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 141–150.

Brouwer, C. E., & ten Bhömer, M. (2013). Imagining the Prototype. In H. Melkas & J. Buur (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (pp. 43–51). Lappeenranta University of Technology.

ten Bhömer, M., Brouwer, C. E., Tomico, O., & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2013). Interactive Prototypes in the Participatory Development of Product-Service Systems. In H. Melkas & J. Buur (Eds.), Proceedings of the 3rd Participatory Innovation Conference (pp. 36–42). Lappeenranta University of Technology.

ten Bhömer, M., De Lille, C., Tomico, O., & Kleinsmann, M. S. (2013). From Products to Services: Reflections on the Challenges in Designing for Services. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress of International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), 1–12.

Hiah, L., Beursgens, L., Haex, R., Romero, L. P., Teh, Y., ten Bhömer, M., van Berkel, R., & Barakova, E. I. (2013). Abstract robots with an attitude: Applying interpersonal relation models to human-robot interaction. 2013 IEEE RO-MAN, 37–44.

ten Bhömer, M., Jeon, E., & Kuusk, K. (2013). Vibe-ing: Designing a Smart Textile Care Tool for the Treatment of Osteoporosis. In L. L. Chen, T. Djajadiningrat, L. M. G. Feijs, S. Fraser, J. Hu, S. Kyffin, & D. Steffen (Eds.), Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Design and Semantics of Form and Movement (pp. 192–195). Koninklijke Philips Design.

ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., & Hummels, C. (2013). Vigour: Smart Textile Services to Support Rehabilitation. In E. Brandt, P. Ehn, T. Degn Johansson, M. Hellström Reimer, M. Markussen, & A. Vallgårda (Eds.), Proceedings of the Nordic Design Research Conference (pp. 505–506).

ten Bhömer, M. (2012). Designing for Societal and Commercial Adoption of Smart Textile Applications. In O. Amft, C. Bürgy, L. Dunne, M. van Gils, K. Kunze, M. Kusserow, J. McCann, C. Zeagler, & J. Pärkkä (Eds.), Adjunct Proceedings of the the 16th International Symposium on Wearable Computers (pp. 51–52).

ten Bhömer, M., Tomico, O., Kleinsmann, M. S., Kuusk, K., & Wensveen, S. A. G. (2012). Designing Smart Textile Services through value networks, team mental models and shared ownership. Third Nordic Conference on Service Design and Service Innovation, 53–63.

ten Bhömer, M., Helmes, J., O’Hara, K., & van den Hoven, E. (2010). 4Photos: a collaborative photo sharing experience. Proceedings of the 6th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Extending Boundaries, 52–61.

Bartneck, C., Funk, M., & ten Bhömer, M. (2009). Dancing with myself: the interactive visual canon platform. CHI ’09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 3501–3502.

ten Bhömer, M., Bartneck, C., Hu, J., Ahn, R. M. C., Tuyls, K., Delbressine, F. L. M., & Feijs, L. M. G. (2009). Developing Novel Extensions to Support Prototyping for Interactive Social Robots. Proceedings of the 21st Benelux Conference on Artificial Intelligence, 11–17.

ten Bhömer, M., Barakova, E. I., van Der Aalst, K., & Ross, P. (2009). Product adaptivity through movement analysis: the case of the intelligent walk-in closet. In L. L. Chen, L. M. G. Feijs, M. Hessler, S. Kyffin, P.-L. Liu, K. Overbeeke, K. C. J. Overbeeke, & B. Young (Eds.), Proceedings of Design and semantics of form and movement (DeSForM 2009) (pp. 114–121). Koninklijke Philips Design.


ten Bhömer, M. (2016). Designing embodied smart textile services: The role of prototypes for project, community and stakeholders (Doctoral dissertation) (C. Hummels, O. Tomico, & M. S. Kleinsmann (advisors). Eindhoven University of Technology.

Tomico, O., Wensveen, S. A. G., Kuusk, K., ten Bhömer, M., Ahn, C., Toeters, M. J., & Versteeg, M. F. (2014). Day in the lab: wearable senses, Department of Industrial Design, TU Eindhoven. Interactions, 21(4), 16–19.

ten Bhömer, M., & van Dongen, P. (2014). How Was it Made? Vigour. Interactions, 21(5), 12–13.

ten Bhömer, M., Pastoors, B., Aarts, C., & Verheijen, M. (2014, October 1). The Caregivers’ Voice. Crisp 4: Well, Well, Well..., 36–37.

ten Bhömer, M. (2013, April 1). Knitting things together. Crisp 1: Don’t You Design Chairs Anymore, 41–42.

Funded projects / Research grants

  • Principal Investigator of UNNC Small Teaching and Learning Development Grant project “Developing a Digital Twin inspired toolkit to enhance blended learning in design studio curricula”, RMB 38 K (2020)
  • Principal Investigator of research seed fund from the Nottingham China Health Institute (NCHI) “Research-through-design exploration into soft home health monitoring products for Chinese older adults“, RMB 24K (2020).
  • Principal Investigator of UNNC Undergraduate Summer Research Placement project “Manufacturing of 3D knitted pressure sensitive shoes for active ageing”, RMB 4K (2020).
  • Principal Investigator of NSFC Research Fund for International Young Scientists (Grant # 51750110497) “Design methods and tools to support the digital manufacturing process of personalised smart textile products”, RMB 170K (2018).
  • Principal Investigator of XJTLU Research and Development Fund “Designing interactions with smart clothing for personalised care for people with cardiovascular diseases”, RMB 100K and a fully funded PhD scholarship (2018/2021).
  • Principal Investigator of XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project “Exploring computational fabrication techniques for the design of high-performance wear”, RMB 9.5K (2019).
  • Principal Investigator XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project “Personalization of movement-based interaction in smart clothing for mind-body practices”, RMB 8K (2018).
  • Principal Investigator of awarded XJTLU Summer Undergraduate Research Project “Designing tools for the digital manufacturing of personalized smart textile products”, RMB 11.5K (2017).