An Initiative of

Supported by


Shirley A. Elprama


Post-doc at imec-SMIT-VUB and FARI


Shirley A. Elprama is a post-doc at imec-SMIT-VUB and the FARI institute. Her research focuses on the use of technology at work in industry and in healthcare. Technologies that have been the focus of her research include (social) robots, collaborative robots, and occupational exoskeletons. She obtained her PhD on the acceptance of occupational exoskeletons in 2024 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Before this, she worked as researcher since 2011 at imec-SMIT-VUB. She has a master in Human-Technology Interaction from Eindoven University of Technology in the Netherlands.

In her research, she likes to use a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods such as observation, interviews, focus groups, co-creation workshop, surveys, and experiments. She prefers include different stakeholders in her research and provide recommendations to designers and engineers to (co-)create technology that fits the needs of the different end users.