Kia Höök is a professor in Interaction Design at KTH in Stockholm Sweden, director of the Mobile Life Centre and an ACM Distinguished Scientist. We talk about her early research career, and her experiences securing a large amount of research funding with some colleagues then co-leading a large research centre, building a culture, and managing relationships with industry partners. She also talks about how her year-long sabbatical gave her time and space to reflect on the challenges of success and to reconnect to what is important, to re-set her own rules and to re-think how she wants to engage as an academic.
"You end up in a situation where everything you do you do in order to be able to work more…and that is not a good life.”
“All of that stuff that you get worked up about, is it really that important, or even if it is important, can I have a different attitude.”
“It is about finding your core, knowing yourself, slowing down, and being more empathic with other people.”