Human-Centered Computing

Department of Computer Science

People

Peter Axel Nielsen

professor

Office 5.2.12

My research is about systems development practice, development of object-oriented methodologies, software engineering, social and organizational aspects of systems development, digital innovation, and benefits realisation - and how it may be improved. The research approach is mostly action research including design research. The frameworks applied include: knowledge management, social network analysis, organisational influence processes, innovation processes.

Jesper Kjeldskov

professor

Office 5.2.10

Jesper’s research interest are Interaction Design and User Experience with particular focus on mobile and ubiquitous technologies. Jesper has a cross-disciplinary background spanning the humanities, social sciences and computer science. He has published more than 160 peer-reviewed papers within the area of Human-Computer Interaction including more than 30 articles in international journals.

Mikael B. Skov

professor

Office 5.2.05

Mikael’s research interests include use of technology in human activity and my work is within different areas of human-computer interaction, interaction design, mobile computing, ubiquitous computing, pervasive computing. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on human-computer interaction including at conferences like CHI, CSCW, UbiComp, MobileHCI, Interact, NordiCHI.

Ivan Aaen

associate professor

Office 5.2.14

Ivan researches into pragmatic software innovation, i.e. innovation involving software intensive systems using a learning approach where problems and solutions develop interactively and iteratively. The research aims to develop a methodology – Essence – for software teams trying to get the best out of software development in close cooperation with users and customers. Related to this, Ivan teaches courses on software innovation and software entrepreneurship. Recent publications are in this area of innovation, business, and systems development.

Jeni Paay

associate professor

Office 5.2

Jeni’s research has been in the areas of understanding and designing for social, physical and digital intersections in public urban spaces, indexicality in interaction design, blended interaction spaces and domestic computing supporting sociality in the kitchen. Her current interest is in the exploration of Natural User Interfaces potential for stimulating sociality in public and domestic spaces.

John Stouby Persson

associate professor

Office 5.2.50

John's research of information and software technology centers on the problems people experience in practice. He focuses on the problems that are important for professionals such as software engineers, interaction designers, computer scientists, project managers, data scientists, and chief information officers. His problem-based research also aims at improving his problem-based teaching to support reflection in and on professional practice. He mostly does collaborative practice research of problems in managing the development of information systems with public or private organizations. More specifically, he has collaborated on improving the management of globalized work processes, valuation of information systems, and pragmatic inquiry.

Anders Bruun

associate professor

Office 5.2.47

Anders' research in HCI deals with theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of user experience and interaction design. This research emphasizes development and assessment of novel methods that reliably measure UX in digital products, including a combination of quantitative real time measurements from wearable sensors as well as post-hoc qualitative responses from users. Anders' research interests also include studies of the challenges arising in the intersection between software development and interaction design practices. Industry collaborations have led to publications on e.g. identifying and overcoming challenges related to integrating user experience and software development practices.

Dimitrios Raptis

associate professor

Office 5.2.46

Dimitrios’s research revolves around User Experience and Interaction Design. During his PhD he focused on mobile devices’ Physical form, and researched their impact on Usability and Coolness. Recently, he expanded his research interests in Sustainability (with a focus on Transport) and in Provocation and Critical Design (utilizing Research Through Design). Dimitrios is interested in understanding how interactive physical prototypes can shape our experiences and/or change our behaviors/practices. He has nine years of reviewing experience in most major HCI conferences and before moving to Denmark he mainly worked with mobile devices for the cultural heritage domain at the HCI Group in University of Patras, Greece.

Timothy Robert Merritt

associate professor

Office 5.2.48

Tim´s research focuses on shape-changing interfaces, programmable matter, robotics, and novel interfaces to support human activities of work, play, and creativity. Tim has a background in corporate IT management consulting with over 12 years of experience developing enterprise solutions for Fortune 500 companies. He holds a PhD from the National University of Singapore where he studied how people respond socially to technology and the differences between human and computer team-mates.

Lefteris Papachristos

assistant professor

Office 5.2.49

Lefteris’ research is focused on Human Computer Interaction and User experience. His current research focus is in the intersection of Artificial intelligence and Interaction design investigating how advances in A.I. are changing the way we interact with technology. He is also interested in positive computing and is invested in developing technology in support of human well-being. In the past, his research evolved around interface aesthetics and the development of evaluation methodologies for visual design.

Rikke Hagensby Jensen

Assistant Professor

Office 5.2.47

Rikke’s research is centered around Interaction Design and smart energy systems. She is currently working with sustainability in the smart home and understanding everyday practices relating to energy usage and communities. This work takes unset in how the design of interactive prototypes can shape energy-consuming practices so they may be carried out in a more energy-efficient manner. Rikke is currently working on a research project investigating sustainable energy practices from a community perspective.

Enrique Encinas

Assistant Professor

Office 5.2.01

Enrique Encinas studied electrical engineering in ETSIT (Madrid), semiconductor tech in NTU (Taiwan) and IT product design in SDU (Denmark). He has briefly supported artists in Medialab Prado (Madrid) and technical systems in Vodafone Spain. Most recently, Northumbria University awarded his PhD in Interaction Design for proposing a design theory of fiction in order to answer the research question: “what makes a design object real or fictional?”. He currently does teaching and research that relates to Participatory Design, Speculative Design and Research Through Design. His design research work was exhibited in the Berlaymont Building of the EU Commission and in the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) and published in Design and HCI venues such as CHI, DIS, Nordes, GROUP and RTD.

Michael Kvist Svangren

Post DOC.

Office 5.2.10

Michael has a background in HCI and computer science. His field of research is within Human-Computer Interaction and mobility working on understanding interaction in digital ecologies and understanding how people interact and experience technology in and around their car. He has just submitted his PhD theis entitled "Interaction in Digital Ecologies with Connected and Non-Connected Cars". Currently he is working as a Post Doc. investigating district heating in Aalborg municipality.

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Maria Kjærup

PhD Student

Office 5.2.03

Maria is currently occupied as a PhD student, focusing on in-the-wild studies in the field of HCI and Interaction Design and specifically within the domains of mobility and health. In particular, she is interested in studies that apply long-term or longitudinal designs. Maria has a B.sc. in Techno-Anthropology and a M.Sc. in Software Development. Her methods are primarily qualitative centering on ethnographic methods and the use of technological aids for data collection (e.g. technology probes).

Stine Schmieg Lundgaard

PhD Student

Office 5.2.03

Stine is currently occupied with her Ph.d. project titled "Interaction with Soundscapes through Dynamic Sound Zone Technology in Domestic Environments" in collaboration with Bang & Olufsen.

Olivia Benfeldt Nielsen

PhD student

Office 5.2.16

Olivia’s research centers on examining how data is fundamentally changing the way societies and organizations work. How do we treat data with concern for both innovation and compliance? What does “data” mean? How do we determine its value? She approaches these questions from an interdisciplinary perspective, shaped by her background in information systems, international studies and language. Olivia is inspired by engaged scholarship and believes interesting research problems and solutions come about, when researchers and practitioners work closely together. She conducts her research in collaboration with IT professionals and continuously seeks to bridge theory with practice.

Maria Hoffmann Jensen

PhD Student, Industrial

Office 5.2.16

Maria works with the topic of Big Data Analytics (BDA) and the realization of benefits from analytics and data-driven decision making. She is currently a PhD student in collaboration with Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Aalborg University. The PhD is partly sponsored by Innovationsfonden Dk. Maria is interested in the socio-technical research area of data analytics and how data driven organizations realize value from their data practices by combining the technical and soft capabilities of BDA - bridging BDA and benefits realization management.

Eike Schneiders

PhD Student

Office 5.2.16

Eike has a background in Computer Science. His master thesis focused on the use of physiological data (EEG) to detect cognitive distraction in car drivers. During his time as Research Assistant, he worked on the possibility to increase awareness of green transportation, by studying the effects of live air pollution visualization for cyclists. Currently, he is employed as a Ph.d. fellow within the research area of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) with a focus on "Beyond one-to-one" interaction and the additional challenges and opportunities this entails.

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Sara Nielsen

Research Assistant

Office 5.2.03

Sara graduated in July 2019 as Cand.polyt in Engineering Psychology. She did her master's Thesis in collaboration with OutHere on how to evaluate user experience of mobile Augmented Reality apps, but Sara's main research interest is within Human-Robot Interaction and collaboration, which e.g. covers non-verbal communication of non-humanoid robots. She started as a Research Assistant in August 2019.

Mette Elsborg

Research Assistant

Office 5.2.03

Mette graduated in July 2019 as a M.Sc in Interaction Design. She did her master's thesis in collaboration with the psychiatric ward in Aalborg on how technology can support anxiety treatment. Currently, she is working on a new project on how technology supports volunteers dispatched to perform CPR in out-of-hospital cardiac arrests. She started as a Research Assistant in August 2019.

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Alisa Ananjeva

Research Assistant

Office 5.2.16

Alisa graduated in July 2019 as a M.Sc in Informatics. During her master's she, in collaboration with a small danish company, conducted Action Research, focusing on the integration of User Experience in agile development. Her Master Thesis regarded User Stories, and how this technique can improve agility while integrating UX in an agile environment. She started as a Research Assistent in August 2019.

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Daniel Russo

Assistant Professor

Office 5.2.14

Daniel is an Empirical Software Engineering scholar, where he mostly focuses on Human Aspects, Software Quality, and Agile Software Development methodologies. He obtained his PhD in Computer Science & Engineering from the University of Bologna (2018) and has been a Post Doctoral Researcher at Lero - Irish Software Research Centre and University College Cork.

Niels van Berkel

Assistant Professor

Office 5.2.59

Niels's research interests lay in Human-Computer Interaction, Social Computing, and Ubiquitous Computing. In particular, he has focused on increasing the reliability of self-report studies (e.g., Experience Sampling Method), utilising crowdsourcing for decision-making, and studying the interaction between humans and artificial intelligence systems.

Julie Torpegaard

Research Assistant

Office 5.2.36

Julie graduated in July 2019 as M.Sc in Interaction Design. For her Master's Thesis she designed and evaluated a play facilitating robot for preschool children in collaboration with The LEGO Group. The robot was exhibited at the LEGO World 2019 convention in Copenhagen, where it was used for data collection and analysis of children's social and playful interactions with robots. Julie started as a Research Assistant in February 2020.

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