Edwin Dertien graduated from University of Twente in 2005 with a MSc in Mechatronics. He continued research at the same group on the design of a pipe inspection robot and completed his Ph.D. in 2014. He has a fascination for robotics, and has worked on several projects involving (autonomous) robots, both from an engineering and artistic interest. Since 2006 his company ‘Kunst- en Techniekwerk’ (making art work) has been providing the technical backbone in art-projects, ranging from robot-arms for sci-fi movies to autonomous GPS track drawing robots also realising various autonomous art works, big moving sculptures and weird installations for festivals and expositions.
In 2008 he started at University of Twente as researcher / teacher for Creative Technology programme, developing and teaching courses in programming, physical computing, sensor technology, tinkering and explorative design. In 2013 he co-founded the ASSortiMENS foundation, running a FabLab inspired workshop tailored to people with autism, including a children’s FabLab project (het kinderfablab). He is also certified LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® facilitator. Together with the Artist Residencies Enschede (ARE) he directs gallery/art space XPO.
Participant at MediaMatic’s award winning RFID hacker camps (2008,2009), regular contributor to GogBot Enschede (2007-present), presenter at TEDx Amsterdam (2012), TEDx Zwolle (2013). Demo Chair at ACE conference (2013), Co-organizer of MakerFaire Twente (2013)
Track: Inspection & Maintenance