Ben Schouten studied fine arts at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and still works as an artist/designer. During his activities as an artist, he started to study mathematics, after which he completed a PhD research on visual information retrieval and interfaces. His thesis (How does a computer recognize a cow ?) won a Bronze World Medal for Design in the category Information and Education at the New York Arts Festival, as well as a Webby Award in gaming.
In the years after he published more then 50 papers on Ambient Intelligence, Biometrics, Privacy and Serious Game Design and taught interaction design at the Utrecht School of the Arts. Since January 1th, 2010 he is Professor Playful Interactions at the faculty of Industrial Design of the Eindhoven School of Technology, as well as Lector Serious Game Design at Fontys University of Applied Sciences.
He is an expert for the European Committee on the Internet of Things and an advisor of the Dutch Cultural Media Fund.