Research group at imec & Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Annelien Smets


Personal Description

One of the characteristics of cities becoming smarter, is the availability of data. During my studies, I got to know the potential of data in a corporate setting. I became fascinated by the idea of applying these insights in an urban setting. There are many research angles to this, but my main interest resides in the transformation of data into valuable information. On one hand, I’m interested in how we should present this data, with the goal of stimulating behaviors that are beneficial for cities and their residents. On the other hand, I’m curious to see how we can use data to support user research. Currently, I’m mainly focusing on the use of data to support existing living lab methodologies.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Business Economics (KU Leuven, 2015) and a master’s degree in Information Management (KU Leuven, 2016). My fascination for both psychology and technology led me to an additional master in Artificial Intelligence where I focused on speech and language technology (KU Leuven, 2017).  In March 2017, I joined imec-SMIT-VUB and my main research activities are related to the City of Things project in Antwerp.