dr.ir. Pierre (P.D.) Lévy is assistant professor. He graduated from Mechanical Engineering (specialty in Industrial Design) in Compiègne University of Technology, France (2001), and gained a PhD with honors in Kansei Science at the University of Tsukuba, Japan (2006). After a post-doctoral position at the Laboratory of Kansei Information Science at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science at the University of Tsukuba, he was researcher and lecturer at Chiba University as well as lecturer at the University of Tsukuba.
His main research questions the affective relation one has with the world, and focuses on experience and interaction in the here and the now. He is currently working on rituals, looking at their complexity in terms of events and of time structure, and the meaning emerging from rituals. He also studies Japanese philosophy and culture, mostly embedded in the Japanese tea ceremony, and suggests the way they can contribute to the discipline of interaction design. He has contributed to many design and kansei projects in Europe and in the world, especially the JSKE and the EKG (which he is a co-founder and the current president-elect of).