Design oriented research on the mobile life

Photograph of Oskar Juhlin

Oskar Juhlin

(Interactive Institute)

I present research which is interdisciplinary, involving researchers from computer science,
interaction design, sociology, psychology but also game designers, artists, dancers, and fashion experts.
The Centres competitive edge lies in making serious research on what we might normally portray as
"unserious" activities in collaboration with our industry partners Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft Research
and TeliaSonera. We get inspired by doing studies on people's mundane leisure and creative activities
such as horseback riding, hunting, parcour, dancing or role-playing. We use those insights to spur
innovative design processes, resulting in mobile applications, sensor-based applications, pervasive
games, mobile mash-up services, new mobile media, technical platforms and materials to support
amateurs' creativity. The results range from publishing ambitious books on new playful activities, such
as pervasive games and social media on the road, to generating and demonstrating innovative mobile
and leisure oriented applications and finding new methods for design and evaluation.

CV: Oskar Juhlin is Director at the Mobile Life VinnExcellence Center. He is also at the Mobility Studio at the Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden as well as at the Department of computer and system sciences at Stockholm University. He is Associate Professor ("Docent") in applied information technology at the IT-university of Göteborg. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology of technology at Tema, Department of Technology and Social Change, Linköping University. Oskar has worked in many fields related to the sociology of technology, including sociology of knowledge and engineering work and lately sociology of traffic and road use, related to the design of mobile applications for people on the road. His current approach draws on ethnographic fieldwork of mobile user practices to influence the design of various applications.
Tuesday 15th March 2011, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science