Erik Duval, Belgian computer scientist, Died at 50


Erik Duval was born on September 11, 1965, and died on March 12, 2016.
He was a Belgian scientist.
He was chairman for the informatics section of the computer science department of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he also chaired the research unit on human-computer interaction.
Erik Duval research was situated in the long-standing quest to “augment the human intellect“
The scientist served on the executive committee of the Society for Learning Analytics Research (SoLAR), as a fellow of the AACE, as a member of ACM, and the IEEE computer society, on the Editorial Review Board and the Executive Advisory Board of the International Journal on E-Learning, as an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies (TLT), on the board of editors of the Journal of Universal Computer Science, and as a member of the informatics section of the Academia Europeae.
During the final stages of his research career, Duval and his team were focused on, capturing user actions for analysis of the user experience (with sensors like brainwave, ECG, eye tracking, but also software sensors that track what people do) and Personal information visualisation, where we try to help users with awareness, reflection, sensemaking, and behaviour change.
During was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, in March 2014.
Following his chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant, a PET scan mid-January 2015 did not show any more traces of the disease.
During the summer of 2015, a new diagnose revealed T-cell lymfoblastic lymphoma.
Erik Duval passed away at 50 yrs old.