Max Birk Eindhoven University of Technology

Max Birk is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology. With an interdisciplinary background, Max draws from psychology, interaction design, data science, and game design, to investigate the effects of game-based design strategies on mental processes and design-induced behaviour change. His research contributes to games user research, digital health, and motivational interface design. He is interested in projects contributing to a healthy society, improving entertainment experiences, and developing tools and methods for researching interactive experiences.

Max' research has been published more than 25 times in international top HCI venues, and he has contributed to research on player experience, individual differences in play, task adherence, crowdsourcing, and on the intersection between video games and mental health. He has organized well-received workshops across the globe and led research projects spanning multiple continents. Max has collaborated with game-designers in North America, Europe, and China, and experience working with independent developers like AlienTrap and global tech companies like Tencent.


Game Dynamics that Support Snacking, not Feasting
Alexandrovsky, D., Friehs, M., Birk, M., Yates, R., Mandryk, R. (2019), CHI PLAY 2019, Barcelona, Spain. To appear.
Video Games for Mental Health
Birk, M., Wadley, G., Vanden Abeele, V., Mandryk, R., Torous, J. (2019), Interactions, vol. 26 no. 4, 32-36. <doi:10.1145/3328483>
Just a click away: Action-state orientation moderates the impact of task interruptions on initiative
Birk, M., Mandryk, R., Baumann, N. (2019), Journal of Personality, 1-18. OPEN ACCESS. <doi:10.1111/jopy.12498>
The potential of game-based digital biomarkers for modeling mental health
Mandryk, R., Birk, M. (2019), JMIR mental health, vol. 6 no. 4, e13485. <doi:10.2196/13485>
Healthy Lies: The Effects of Misrepresenting Player Health Data on Experience, Behavior, and Performance
Wuertz, J., Birk, M., Bateman, S. (2019), Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), Glasgow, Scotland, UK. 12. <doi:10.1145/3290605.3300549>
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