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2.500.000+ DIFFERENT runners in The Netherlands

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smart solutions for recreational 


Data-Enabled Running is a joint research program of the Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of Industrial Design, and Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Sport Studies.

In this research program, initiated by Prof. dr. Steven Vos and Prof. dr. ir. Aarnout Brombacher, a group of enthusiastic (design) researchers with different backgrounds contribute to the design of smart solutions for recreational runners. We embrace the enormous design challenge and the design space in recreational running due to the heterogeneity (in terms of psychological, physiological, sociological and environmental characteristics) of the people involved.



Through the enrichment of biophysical sensor data (such as heart rate, energy expenditure and body posture), with psychographic data (such as motives, attitudes and perceptions) and contextual data (such as socioeconomic data, socio-geographical data and meteorological data), we aim to get a better understanding of the individual, social and environmental factors that strengthen (or mitigate) participation in running.

Recent output


Runner’s Perceptions on Reasons to Quit Running: Influence of Gender, Age and Running-Related Characteristics

Menheere, D. S., Janssen, M. A., Funk, M., van der Spek, E. D., Lallemand, C., & Vos, S. B., 2020

Personalization of Their Training Scheme: The Inspirun E-Coach?

Janssen, M. A., Goudsmit, J. F. A., Lauwerijssen, C., Brombacher, A. C., Lallemand, C., & Vos, S. B.

Guided by Lights: Stimulating physical activity through an adaptive personal light system

Loes van Renswouw, Carine Lallemand, Bodi Fok, Maaike Jetten, Ayu Ritzema, Heleen Smeets and Steven Vos 2020

Measuring Running Workload and Key Points during Treadmill Running Using a Custom Build ‘Nodes’ System. Proceedings

Goudsmit, J. F. A., Lo Giudici, S., Herweijer, J., & Vos, S. B., 2020

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"Embracing the enormous design challenge and the design space in recreational running" 

Understanding different types of recreational runners and how they use running-related technology

Janssen, M. A., Walravens, R., Thibaut, E., Scheerder, J., Brombacher, A. C., & Vos, S. B., 2020


Hardloopblessures voorkomen en loopprestaties verbeteren: Hoe kan draagbare technologie helpen?

van Hooren, B., Goudsmit, J. F. A., Restrepo Villamizar, J., & Vos, S. B., 2020


Running-related demands and vigor in long-distance runners: The moderating role of resources and recovery

van Iperen, L., de Jonge, J., Gevers, J. M. P., & Vos, S. B. 

Defining the Individual Injury Profile of Recreational Runners: Integrating Off-Training and Subjective Factors into the Assessment of Non-Professional Athletes

Restrepo-Villamizar, J., VErhagen, E., Vos, S. 2020

"Design of intelligent feedback mechanisms for improving the technique of movement skills"

Designing Personal Feedback Systems for Runners



In this project, we design and validate intelligent feedback mechanisms for improving the technique of movement skills through a user-centered design process and validation in the real-life context.


These feedback mechanisms are based on (i) measuring relevant technique key points, (ii) real-time analysis and interpretation of the measured data and (iii) translation into relevant, meaningful and understandable feedback, instruction and cues for the user. The focus is to design feedback that fits the modern motor learning principles, and thus promoting an external focus of attention and autonomy of the user to improve both, the technique and motivation. Running is used as the first context to design these feedback principles.


Collaborating partners: Fontys Sporthogeschool, TU/e, Golazo Sports SX, and Imec NL.

This work is part of the Nano4Sports project, which is supported by Interreg Vlaanderen- Nederland

Designing intelligent systems that support runners



In this project, we aim to develop intelligent systems that contribute to sustainable lighter forms of sport, with a special focus on running.


We do this by (i) better understanding the needs and interests of the end-user, (ii) reducing the gap between technological products/services and end-users by designing and validating supportive tools, and by (iii) designing and validating products and services that are personalized and really meet the end-users needs.


Collaborating partners: Fontys Sporthogeschool, TU/e, KU Leuven, Golazo Sports SX and 2M Engineering


 "This project is supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Grant 023.007.056) and by Regieorgaan SIA (Grant 2015-02-32P).

"Developing intelligent systems that contribute to sustainable lighter forms of sport, with a special focus on running"

"Motivating and encouraging people to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity"

Designing to support and 

engage people to be or maintain being active.




In this project, we are exploring ways to support and engage people in being active through designing wearable technology.


We do this by designing and giving feedback in a more personal and distinctive approach throughout different phases of the training. With this approach, we aim to support and motivate people in turning their running intentions into actual running behavior.



Collaborating partners: TU/e, Fontys Sporthogeschool, KU Leuven and Golazo Sports SX.


This work is part of the Nano4Sports project, which is supported by Interreg Vlaanderen- Nederland

Wearable solutions for injury-free running 



In this project, we aim to design systems and unobtrusive wearable devices to support people in achieving an active and healthy lifestyle through injury-free running.  


We do this through an iterative design and research process, which merge tools from (i) sensor technologies, (ii) data science, and (iii) feedback mechanisms.  By integrating these tools into a user-centered approach, our aim is to design, develop and validate wearable solutions tailored to support recreational runners on an individual (personalized) level.


Collaborating partners: TU/e, VUmc, Golazo Sports SX, 2M Engineering, Innosportlab Sport & Beweeg, Gemeente Eindhoven and Fontys Sporthogeschool


This work is part of the Citius Altius Sanius project, which is supported by the  Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences).

"Our aim is to support people in achieving an active and healthy lifestyle through injury-free running"

"Big Data to improve the quality and design of public spaces and running environments"

Designing active and healthy running environments  




In this project, we explore the value of user-generated (big) data for the design of active and healthy public spaces. 


We do this by finding environmental influencers on running behavior by using running data collected by a popular running app. Collecting, visualizing and analyzing this data uncovers the factors that influence the quality of running environments. Using these insights can improve future designs for public space. Furthermore, we aim to provoke behavior change by altering the environment itself, obtaining insights on the impact of the design interventions.


Collaborating partners: TU/e, Fontys Sporthogeschool, Energylab, and Gemeente Eindhoven.

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