Thijs Waardenburg is a PhD Candidate at the HAN University of Applied Sciences and the University of Twente in the Netherlands. He has a background in Media Technology, specializing in Human Computer Interaction. His doctoral research focuses on how healthcare professionals and their organizations can be enabled to support young autistic adults in creating a personalized, supportive technological home environment that contributes to their independence. Prior to this, Thijs was a lecturer and researcher at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht. He taught at the Communication & Multimedia Design program and worked as a researcher at the Human Experience & Media Design research group.