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Professor Oskar Juhlin comments on PTS report on fixed Internet and phone subscriptions.
Do you wonder what's going on here at Mobile Life? Here is our brandnew NEWSLETTER to summon up the latest stories and happenings.
This time featuring topics like Defenders of research, Artistic Technology and more about the digital agenda as well as a Q&A with Roger Bengtsson from TeliaSonera. Check it out!
enjoy a nice Midsommar weekend and a good start into the holidays.
The "Future of money" project led by Barry Brwon had another workshop today. Together with representatives from our partners Ericsson, TeliaSonera and Rebel & Bird, the participants worked on ideas around the future of payment, where the point-of-sale was in the centre of discussion.
A proud number of twenty researchers participate in todays internal writer's workshop in order to discuss and reflect on recent writings, drafts and papers. For this task they formed two groups and alltogether fourteen papers are closely examined.
This morning we had the pleasure to welcome three representatives from Ericsson Research to the centre. An introductional kick-off meeting, where Kia talked about the Mobile Life vision and Daniel Enström and Mikael Anneroth gave a short presentation of their group and vision, was followed by a guided tour through the centre. Here a variety of different projects were presented and prototypes demoed.
Lara Houston - ‘Original’ and ‘Chinese’ mobile phones: Categorisation work and ‘postcolonial computing’ in the repair workshops of Kampala, Uganda
It is very important to have these kinds of world leading research environments in Sweden, says Mikael Anneroth at Ericsson research.
Mobile Life is one of 17 VINN Excellence that are currently running and that are financed by VINNOVA, the Universities and the Industry. The purpose of the centers is to build internationally leading research organisations with academic excellence and that do research that is relevant to the industry. The collaboration should spur knowledge transfer to the public and the industry. In this article Mobile Life is presented as one of the centres.
On Wednesday 2014-05-07 we will have a whole day event at the Centre:
33 Interaction Design Masterstudents from KTH are visiting, presenting and get to know the Centre. The time schedule will be as follows:
RT @cpltalk: Very interesting statements by Kia Höök KTH and George Khut UNSW at the Designing for the experiential body panel #CHI2014
RT @CraigMMacDonald: The #metaphone really pushes the boundaries of #art #design and #engineering. Can a machine be beautiful? Does it matt…
In order to get a quick overview about who is present and presents at CHI this year we created our program in form of a "loppa". The origami is typically used as a children fortune-telling game but serves here as a way to showcase our contributions to CHI 2014. Attached you will find the "loppa" to download and a video showing how to actually fold and use the "loppa".
We are looking forward to meet you in Toronto between April 26th and May 01st!
Recently we annonced some post-doc positions at Mobile Life. Two of them will be placed at Stockholm University (application deadline: May 4th) and yet another two at KTH (application deadline: May 31). Please submit your proposal!
We would like to see applicants willing to lead and conduct research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and related fields. We seek proven researchers with an international reputation, a history of excellent research, and a sensitivity to both social- and computing sciences. There are three current Mobile Life projects that candidates could work in: The Future of Money: a project focusing on understanding how payment systems are changing and the design of new mobile money systems, Somaesthetics: designing for deeply meaningful bodily experiences, increasing our somatic awareness and mastery. LifeNature: Investigating new hybrid video formats to support ways of experiencing remote contexts.
Form of employment: The positions are limited to one year with a possible extension by one more year.
Work time: Full time.
Start date: According to agreement, preferably August 2014.
Number of positions: 4 (2 at KTH and 2 at SU)
Here are the links to both positions:
Mobile technology enters almost all areas of human life both for work and pleasure. In the fashion field researchers focus on the mobile as an accessory and other mobile accessories as well as on the use of mobile technology in fashion consumption. These are some of the challenges for the mFashion project at Mobile Life Centre.
Yesterday we had prominent visitors from the WWTF - more precisely the Vienna Science and Technology Fund Board of Directors, including the Mayor of Vienna and the Director of Vienna's university. Kristina Höök introduced the centre and talked about the work conducted in the Centre, followed by a tour through with short presentation on current research. The Vienna Science and Technology Fund WWTF derives its promotion strategy from the context of the Austrian science and research scene, as well as the special position held by Vienna as the capital of Austrian research.
Gilbert Cockton - Stronger concepts
Strong Concepts have been proposed by Kristina Höök and Jonas Löwgren as a viable and worthwhile form of intermediate knowledge for design research. They can build on longstanding initiatives in other disciplines, such as Robert Merton’s Middle-range theories for Sociology, which aim at integrating theory and empirical research. In this talk, I argue that Strong Concepts can be strengthened by my theoretical construct of Abstract Design Situations, which are ideal types for all units of analysis in design, from major paradigms (e.g., Applied Arts, Engineering, Human-Centred) to low level resources such as personas and heuristics. All design phenomena can be understood as explicitly supporting one or more types of design choice, and also co-ordinating these where multiple types are involved. Four types of design choice have been identified in design theory, which I refer to as choices about Artefacts, Beneficiaries, Evaluations and Purposes. Such choices can have simple 1:1 co-ordinations, or more complex ones that co-ordinate multiple types of choice. The extent of possible co-ordinations is potentially infinite, so there can be no theoretical closure for coordinating design choices. Abstract Design Situations are a simple conceptual device that scopes commitment in concrete design settings, as well as specific activities within them, as well as the disciplinary and professional value systems with design work aligns. In this talk, I will introduce and illustrate Abstract Design Situations, and apply them to the continuum of design phenomena from practical resources, via Strong Concepts, to disciplinary cultures. I will show how Abstract Design Situations support structured scoping of Strong Concepts, and how a further concept family of approach and resource functions can further support scoping, analysis and evaluation of Strong Concepts and other design phenomena.
Gilbert Cockton is Professor of Design Theory as well as Head of the Department of Media and Communication Design at Northumbria University in North East England. His current research focuses on interactions between designers’ capabilities, values and knowledge and re-usable adaptable resources manifested in approaches for design work. His main focus is on the balance between human-focused practices, creative inventiveness and technical rigour in interaction design. His research aims to develop design and evaluation approaches that expose the tacit knowledge underlying the many connections within the design process, e.g., between designs and their beneficiaries, design purpose and evaluation, and more complex connections between multiple aspects of designs and their interconnections. This integrates much of his previous research on software structures and design, usability, accessibility, cultural design, user experience, worth and philosophical aspects of interaction design.
Gilbert has been active in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design research since 1983, with almost 220 publications on usability, user experience and accessibility, grounded- and worth/value-focused design, and notations and architectures for interactive software, and almost 220 invited presentations in 22 countries, including 12 keynote addresses. He has a broad multidisciplinary background, with an MA/PGCE in History and Human Sciences (Education) and a PhD in Computer Science. His research spans from the theoretical foundations of design and evaluation approaches, to applied work with industry on usability, user experience, accessibility and applications of value-focused design and evaluation. From 1997 to 2009, he was Research Chair in HCI at the University of Sunderland, where he secured funding for research and knowledge transfer projects and research infrastructure with a value exceeding £6M. This included a NESTA Fellowship from 2005-2008 on value-centred design. He has served in many roles within the international HCI community, including Vice-Chair of IFIP TC13 (2004 06), Chair of British HCI Group (2001-2004), (Co-)chair of ACM CHI 2003 and BCS HCI 2000 Conferences, and Secretary of IFIP WG2.7 on user interface engineering (1993-99). He is Editor Emeritus of the journal Interacting with Computers, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Usability Studies.
Mobile Life organises this seminar with Gilbert Cockton on Wednesday April 9th at 11:00. The seminar will be held at the Knuth conference room at SICS, Isafjordsgatan 22/Kistagången 16, elevator B, floor 6. The seminar will last for an hour and will also be broadcasted via bambuser.