Professor Michel van Dartel leads the Human-Centred Creation in Art and Design research group at Avans University of Applied Sciences.
Professor van Dartel has a diverse academic background. He graduated with a degree in cognitive psychology from Maastricht University, specialising in cognitive ergonomics. Since earning his PhD in robotics research in 2005, also at Maastricht University, he has had an interesting career studying the intersection of art, science and technology. His work has led to connections with many research partners and leading institutions and events in the Netherlands and other countries. He has served on international juries and review committees and worked as a guest lecturer at art academies in the Netherlands and abroad. For the past three years, he has been part of the Popular Culture, Sustainability & Innovation research group at Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. Alongside his academic work, he has often served as a guest curator for various organisations and has long been a curator at the V2_ Institute for Unstable Media in Rotterdam, with which he has been affiliated since 2005.
Early in his career, Michel van Dartel became convinced of the value teaching could bring to his research. Translating his PhD research into practical courses for students at Maastricht University gave him experience in explaining specialised material to people with different backgrounds and knowledge levels. He has always continued to serve as a guest lecturer alongside his career as a curator. According to Professor Van Dartel, meaning exists by virtue of experience, and experience requires the user or viewer to play an active role. The involvement of teachers and students in the Human-Centred Creation research group enriches his research and its translation into education and practice.