Ben Schouten graduated from the Rietveld Art Academy in 1983 and worked as a professional artist. He found himself interested in patterns and iconography, and after travelling in the Magreb and studying number theory he rediscovered his fascination for mathematics. He received his master's degree in mathematics, specializing in chaos theory, in August 1995. In 1996 Ben Schouten founded Desk.nl, an Application Software Provider, providing innovative internet related solutions to a wide range of customers. Currently he is Professor Ambient Intelligence & Design and Serious Game Design at Fontys Hogescholen, Eindhoven and Technical University Eindhoven, Industrial design, Playful Interaction. His group focuses on multimodal interaction and ambient game design in intelligent systems.