IOTAP lecture: Integrating ‘Things’ into Pervasive Computing: Research Challenges and Issues

On September 4, Dr. Mohan Kumar, professor in computer science at Rochester Institute of Technology, will give a lecture titled Integrating ‘Things’ into Pervasive Computing: Research Challenges and Issues.

Tuesday, September 4 at 15:15 to 17:00, in Niagara room NI:A0513.

Kumar’s research interests are in pervasive and mobile computing and parallel and distributed computing. This lecture is part of the research center Internet of Things and People’s lecture series, IOTAP Keynote.

More information about Mohan Kumar’s research is available on his RIT webpage

Malmö students researched computational sensing at Rochester Institute of Technology

Kristoffer Linderman (left), Gustaf Bohlin (centre) and a group of students from across the United States were enrolled in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site in Computational Sensing.

For 10 weeks during the summer, Kristoffer Linderman and Gustaf Bohlin, undergraduate students in the Computer Science and Application Development programme at Malmö University, participated in a computational sensing research programme at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in upstate New York.

The Malmö students’ participation in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programme is a recent expansion of a longstanding partnership between Malmö University and RIT and aims to give undergraduate students a chance to try their hand at research.

While there have been regular semester-long staff exchanges and research collaborations between Malmö University and RIT for several years, Linderman’s and Bohlin’s participation this summer marks the first time that students from Malmö University have participated in research at RIT.

Gustaf Bohlin (left) and Kristoffer Linderman (centre) with RIT associate professor Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm (right), from the College of Liberal Arts. Photo: RIT University News.

In their research project, Linderman and Bohlin worked on developing a recommendation system that uses cameras and machine learning to analyse how viewers of online video react physically to the content. The project was conducted under the guidance of RIT associate professors Cecilia Ovesdotter Alm, from the College of Liberal Arts, and Reynold Bailey, from the Department of Computer Science. Bo Peterson, Thomas Pederson and Dipak Surie from Malmö University participated as external evaluators during the final presentation of the project.

Read more about the student research exchange on the RIT University News website

Joseph Bugeja’s licentiate seminar on September 3

Welcome to Joseph Bugeja‘s licentiate seminar on Monday, September 3, at 15:15 in Storm, Gäddan. In his research, Joseph focuses on connected home ecosystems and security and privacy aspects of data collected by home devices. Joseph’s licentiate thesis is titled Smart connected homes: concepts, risks, and challenges. Seminar opponent will be Mohan Kumar of the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York.

Joseph joined Malmö University and the Faculty of Technology and Society in 2015 to research security and privacy aspects of IoTaP. He received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from the University of Malta in 2005 and his M.Sc. degree in Information Security from Royal Holloway University of London in 2011. He has more than 10 years of work experience in the software industry.

Link to the licentiate seminar in the University calendar

Thesis abstract:
The growth and presence of heterogeneous connected devices inside the home have the potential to provide increased efficiency and quality of life to the residents. Simultaneously, these devices tend to be Internet-connected and continuously monitor, collect, and transmit data about the residents and their daily lifestyle activities. Such data can be of a sensitive nature, such as camera feeds, voice commands, physiological data, and more. This data allows for the implementation of services, personalization support, and benefits offered by smart home technologies. Alas, there has been a rift of security and privacy attacks on connected home devices that compromise the security, safety, and privacy of the occupants. 

In this thesis, we provide a comprehensive description of the smart connected home ecosystem in terms of its assets, architecture, functionality, and capabilities. Especially, we focus on the data being collected by smart home devices. Such description and organization are necessary as a precursor to perform a rigorous security and privacy analysis of the smart home. Additionally, we seek to identify threat agents, risks, challenges, and propose some mitigation approaches suitable for home environments. Identifying these is core to characterize what is at stake, and to gain insights into what is required to build more robust, resilient, secure, and privacy-preserving smart home systems. 

Overall, we propose new concepts, models, and methods serving as a foundation for conducting deeper research work in particular linked to smart connected homes. In particular, we propose a taxonomy of devices; classification of data collected by smart connected homes; threat agent model for the smart connected home; and identify challenges, risks, and propose some mitigation approaches.

Join the Malmö hackathon for Baltic museums

On September 25, Malmö University co-organizes a hackathon to inspire and generate IT-enabled solutions for Baltic museums and tourist attractions. Baltathon is a part of the project BalticMuseums: LoveIT, a collaboration between museums, tourist attractions, IT specialists and research institutions from Baltic countries.

Programmers, designers and specialists are invited to join the Baltathon event. The hackathon is held between 10.00 and 16.00 in the Storm lab in the Gäddan building on Citadellvägen 11 in Malmö. The event is free. Lunch and fika will be provided. RSVP is necessary to participate. Sign up here no later than September 1.

Inspirational warm-up tours of Malmö Museums
In the weeks before the Baltathon event, participants are also invited to warm-up tours of Malmö Museums on September 11 and 16 at 10.00. During the tours, museum pedagogues will guide participants through attractions such as the U3 submarine, the Malmöhus Castle and the Aquarium

Read more about Baltathon events on the project website

More information on the Malmö Baltathon event is available on the Facebook page

Strategic Media Development master thesis presentations

On Thursday August 30, all are welcome to attend the master thesis presentations by students in the Strategic Media Development master’s program. The presentations will be held Niagara room NI:A0502.

09:15 — Introduction by Maria Engberg

09:30-10:30 — Presenter: Johanna Dreyer. A Case Study of Small AI Companies: Business Model Innovation in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. Opponent: Carla Macotela. Faculty questions: Maria Engberg.

10:45-11:45 — Presenter: Linnea Åkerberg. Privacy management in a digital age: A study of alternative conceptualizations of privacy in digital contexts. Opponent: Johanna Dreyer. Faculty examiner: Daniel Spikol

12:00-13:00 — LUNCH

13:00-14:00 — Presenter: Carla Macotela. Digital features for the social integration of immigrants of Sweden: A participatory design study. Opponent: Linnea Åkerberg. Faculty examiner: Sven Packmohr.

DVMT holds trial lectures for Senior Lecturer positions

On Monday and Tuesday, August 20 and 21 from 8:00-12:00, the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology invites you to attend a series of trial lectures for Senior Lecturer positions in Data Science and Autonomous Systems. All are welcome to attend the lectures, which will be held in Niagara room A0510.

Times for the Monday trial lectures for Senior Lecturer in Data Science are as follows:

  • 8.00-8.45: Kobra Etminani (Skype)
  • 9.00-9.45: Reza Malekian
  • 10.00-10.45: Onur Dikmen
  • 11.00-11.45: Panagiota Chatzipetrou (ev Skype

Times for the Tuesday trial lectures for Senior Lecturer in Autonomous Systems are as follows:

  • 8.00-8.45: Blerim Emruli
  • 9.00-9.45: Magnus Johnsson
  • 10.00-10.45: Anas Fattouh
  • 11.00-11.45: Huseyin Kusetogullari

Thumbs up for the licenciate and doctoral program in Computer Science

The Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ) recently announced that the Faculty’s licentiate and doctoral program in computer science receives a high quality grade. Malmö University’s computer science program is one of eight programs nationwide to receive a passing grade from UKÄ.

Read more (in Swedish) about the UKÄ announcement on the University website.

Read UKÄ’s detailed account (in Swedish) of Malmö University’s favorable verdict.

See a list of grades for all the 14 computer science programs reviewed. 

Majority opposed to commercial data collection, Malmö researcher shows

Sara Leckner, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, is the co-author of a research anthology to be published by the SOM Institute

In her chapter Vem är positiv till insamling av användargenererad data på internet? (Who favors collection of user-generated Internet data?), Sara investigates Swedes’ attitudes toward the collection of user-generated personal data for commercial purposes. Read (in Swedish) about her results in a SOM Institute news release.

The research results are presented in a chapter of Sprickor i fasaden, a research anthology to be published June 26 by the SOM Instutute.

On Monday: keynote speaker explores fairness in automated decision-making

All are welcome to attend the opening keynote lecture of the Scandinavian Symposium and Workshops on Algorithm Theory (SWAT) conference, held at Malmö University on June 18-20. Sorelle Friedler, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Haverford College in Pennsylvania and an Affiliate at the Data & Society Research Institute will hold a lecture titled Optimizing Society? Ensuring Fairness in Automated Decision-Making.

When and where:
Monday June 18 at 9:00-10:00 in NI:C0E11, Niagara building ground level, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö. The keynote lecture is open to the public. No reservation necessary.

More information about the SWAT conference, including program and registration information.

Link to Sorelle Friedler’s webpage

Lecture abstract:
Algorithms are increasingly used to make high-stakes decisions about people; who goes to jail, what neighborhoods police deploy to, and who should be hired for a job. But if we want these decisions to be fair, this means we must take societal notions of fairness and express them using the language of math. What is a fair decision and how can it be guaranteed?

In this talk, we’ll discuss recent work from the new and growing field of Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency. We will examine technical definitions of fairness and non-discrimination that have been proposed and their societal counterparts. We’ll also discuss methods for ensuring that algorithms are making decisions as desired, from methods to audit black-box algorithms to white-box interpretability techniques. This important field necessitates societally informed and mathematically rigorous work; we’ll discuss open problems in this light.

On Tuesday: health datafication research seminar

How can processes and devices for health datafication be designed and developed to empower individuals, communities and societies? That is a central question for Johan Salo, who started his PhD studies at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology in March this year. On Tuesday he will present his research project in a startup seminar.

When and where:
Tuesday 19 June at 13.15-14.00 in room NIA0602, Niagara building 6th floor

Johan Salo’s research interests are self-tracking, self-measuring, interaction design, health and wellbeing. The thesis engages with the tension between technological possibilities and social as well as cultural factors. The research project focuses on how to support the development of reliable, efficient, ethical and sustainable technologies within this area. The aim of the PhD project is to contribute to new research methods and design methods for analysing or implementing datafication of health. It will present a design framework for developing an eHealth infrastructure.

All are welcome to attend the startup seminar. The presentation will be followed by time for questions and discussion in the 7th floor coffee/tea area. 

More information about Johan Salo’s research is available on his webpage.

Defending his doctoral thesis Data-Driven Software Development at Large Scale

On Friday June 15, Aleksander Fabijan, doctoral student at the Department of Data Science and Media Technology, will defend his PhD thesis Data-Driven Software Development at Large Scale. His research explores how software companies can evolve from data collectors with ad-hoc benefits, to trustworthy data-driven decision makers at scale.

When and where:
Friday June 15 at 13.00-15.30 in Room B0E07, Niagara building, Malmö University.

Opponent: Associate Professor Michael Felderer, University of Innsbruck.

An abstract of Aleksander Fabijan’s thesis is available on the calendar page.

The thesis defense will be preceded by a research seminar and panel discussion entitled Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation.

Read more about Aleksander Fabijan’s research in a press release on the University website.

On Friday: Seminar about research challenges in the area of Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation

On Friday June 15, prior to Aleksander Fabijan’s thesis defense, the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology organizes Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation, a seminar and panel discussion with Michael Felderer, Brian Fitzgerald and Kurt Schneider.

When and where:
Friday June 15 at 10.00-12.00 in Room NI:A0607, Niagara building 6th floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University.

Michael Felderer is an Associate professor at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Innsbruck, Austria as well as a guest professor at the Department of Software Engineering at the Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden.The seminar will be opened by Helena Holmström Olsson and Jan Bosch (of Chalmers University of Technology). After the introduction, each guest speakers will give a short presentation focusing on state-of-the-art research and research challenges in the area of ‘Continuous Data, Innovation and Experimentation’. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion between the presenters and audience questions. 

Brian Fitzgerald is a Professor and Director of Lero – the Irish Software Research Centre, where he previously held the role of Chief Scientist.

Kurt Schneider is a Professor of Software Engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany.

More information about the seminar and the researchers can be found on the Malmö University calendar page.

Defending doctoral thesis and predictive model for urban transportation planning

On Thursday June 14, doctoral student Banafsheh Hajinasab will defend her PhD thesis: A Dynamic Approach to Multi Agent Based Simulation in Urban Transportation Planning. Her research concerns modelling that can accurately predict our daily commuting and travel habits.

When and where:
Thursday June 14 at 13:00 in Hall B2, Niagara building, Malmö University

Read more about Banafsheh Hajinasab’s research on the English web or in a press release (in Swedish) published on the

On Tuesday: Double seminar on game research

Join Alberto Alvarez and Enrique Morales on Tuesday June 12 as they present their respective research regarding digital games.

When and where:
Tuesday, June 12 at 13:15 in NIC0626, Niagara building, Malmö University.

Alberto Alvarez is a PhD student in Computer Science and Procedural Content Generation for Games. He joined DVMT in February this year. His research interests are on procedural content generation for games and how the different generated content can affect and interact with each other, computational intelligence for games, evolutionary algorithms and, the development of believable and reactive agents. He holds an MSc in games technology from the IT University of Copenhagen and a Bachelor in game design and development from ESNE, Madrid. He is also the Poster session chair at the Foundations of Digital Games 2018 conference, to be held at MAU on August 7-10.

Dr. Enrique Morales holds a PhD in Sociology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM). His doctoral thesis was titled The new media culture in digital times: the videogames issue. He teaches Digital Society and Game Theory and is  currently working on Videogames and Society, Climate Change and Communication. He’s currently a guest researcher at DVMT. He is also the Doctoral Consortium chair for the upcoming the Foundations of Digital Games 2018 conference in Malmö on August 7-10.


Guest lecturer reflects on responsible digital societies

This Friday June 8, José van Dijck, a professor of media studies and communication based at University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, will discuss how tech companies have blurred the division between the public and the private sector. Malmö University is hosting her guest lecture Reflections on Responsible Digital Societies as part of its Knowledge For Change-series.

Professor José van Dijck is a world-leading scholar in the area of digital media. The event will be moderated by Professor Jay David Bolter, Georgia Institute of Technology and Malmö University.

Friday, June 8 at 13.15-15.00
Lecture Hall B2, Niagara, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1

Read a short interview with Professor van Dijck

Link to lecture abstract and bio

Link to Professor van Dijck’s staff page on on the University of Utrecht website

Paul Davidsson to talk about the digitalization of society

On Wednesday afternoon, May 30, it is time for the final lecture in Malmö University’s after work-series I huvudet på en professor. Paul Davidsson, professor in Computer Science and Director of IOTAP, will hold his lecture in Swedish titled Digitaliseringen – Leder den till ett bättre samhälle? (In English: Digitalization/Digitization – Does it lead to a better society?)

When and where:
Wednesday, May 30, from 5-6 pm
(doors open at 4:30pm)
The Niagara 2nd floor café, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

You can read more about Paul’s talk and see a short teaser film here:

I huvudet på en professor is a series of after work-lectures held in Swedish. Paul’s talk  will be about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with PhD-student Agnes Tegen and Master student Karl Casserfelt, and ending with an opportunity for audience members to ask questions.

Beer, wine, alcohol-free drinks, coffee, tea and snacks can be purchased at the event.


June 30: See final projects by the IT and Economy graduating class

All are welcome to attend final project presentations by graduating students of the IT and Economy programThere will be a total of 25 parallel presentations (in Swedish) throughout the day, held in classrooms on both the third and fourth floors of the Niagara building.

The program starts with a keynote speech by Paul Ulvinius, head of Architect, Stratiteq. 8.30-9.15 in Lecture Hall B1, Niagara 

Wednesday May 30 between 8.30 and 17.00
In Niagara A0301, A0401, B0314, B0317 och C0301, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

The entire presentation schedule is available (in Swedish) here 

The final projects are related to a number of areas that are relevant for IT and Economy such as digital marketing, could computing services, GDPR, automation, AI, blockchain, digital payment solutions and healthcare digitization. 


If you have questions about the presentations, please contact program coordinator Carljohan Orre

Last-minute reminder: Research seminar on attitudes towards corporate data-collection

Join the Computational Media Lab this afternoon for an interesting seminar with Sara Leckner titled To share or not to share: user attitudes towards corporate collection of internet data.

Wednesday May 23, at 15-17

NIC0626, Niagara building, 6th floor, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö

Sara Leckner, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and Media Technology, will present results from her studies investigating people’s attitudes towards the collection of personal data and discuss potential causes and consequences of these attitudes for internet-based business models. 



Theatre workshop on how to handle conflicts and harassment

On May 25, the Department of Cultures, Languages and Media organizes an open workshop (held in Swedish) with the aim of highlighting the important #metoo-discussion and making sure it leads to real change and not simply carefully crafted action plans and strategy documents.

Using an interactive format called Forumteater, students and staff are welcome to participate and reflect on different ways of handling conflicts and harassment in the workplace. More information on the event can be found in the University calendar.

Friday May 25 at 13.15-15.00 in Orkanen, room F409, Malmö University