Centre for Applied Research of the Faculty of Digital Media & Creative Industries

prof. S. Ben Allouch (Somaya)

Professor Digital Life (AUAS) & Professor 'Human-System Interaction for Health & Wellbeing' (University of Amsterdam))
Somaya Ben Allouch
Work address:
Benno Premselahuis, Rhijnspoorplein 1, 1091 GC Amsterdam
, Theo Thijssenhuis, Wibautstraat 2-4 1091 GM Amsterdam
Postal address:
Postbus 23,1000 AA Amsterdam
Personal website:
Lectoraat Digital Life / Hogeschool van Amsterdam
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Dr Somaya Ben Allouch is leading the Digital Life Research Group since October 2018. This group is part of the Knowledge Center of the Faculty of Digital Media and Creative Industry (FDMCI). The mission of Digital Life is to conduct applied research into the design, development, use, implementation, and evaluation of digital technology within the health & wellbeing domain from a human perspective.

In addition, Somaya is working on the SIA-SPRONG project Mensen in Beweging (People on the Move). In this project, researchers are looking at healthy nutrition and exercise for vulnerable groups in combination with sustainable behavioural influencing using creative technology.

The research expertise of Somaya Ben Allouch involves human-centred interaction, acceptance, (long term) use and evaluation of technologies. Specifically, social robotics, ubiquitous technologies, assistive technologies and wearables.

She has been working from 2002 to 2014 at the University of Twente (The Netherlands) where she obtained her PhD in 2008 focusing on the development, acceptance and use of ambient intelligent technologies. Furthermore Somaya Ben Allouch has been a visiting researcher at the Ambient Intelligence Research Lab of Stanford University in 2011 and 2012.

Somaya Ben Allouch is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments and guest editor for journals such as the journal of Social Robotics and the Journal of Distributed Sensor Networks. Besides, she is involved in various (inter)national competitively third-party funded research projects and supervises different PhD projects.

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