Research seminar at DVMT September 22, Dipak Surie: Egocentric Interaction for Ambient Ecologies

Speaker: Dr. Dipak Surie
Title: Egocentric Interaction for Ambient Ecologies

Abstract: Ambient ecologies demand novel interaction paradigms that enable designers and product developers to frame and manage the dynamic and complex interaction between humans and objects of interest in smart places. While traditional approaches have typically adhered to a device-centric stance inherited from mobile and stationary interactive devices, egocentric interaction offers an alternative approach, taking human body and mind as the centre of reference in facilitating interaction. This talk will present use cases where egocentric interaction was applied to technology development, interaction design and innovation.

Dipak Surie is a researcher and teacher in the field of ubiquitous computing and interaction design with a PhD degree from Umeå University. He is currently working at Malmö University, giving courses within the information architecture program. His research interests include exploring novel interaction paradigms for facilitating complex and dynamic human interactions in smart places.

Time: 2017-09-22, 13:30–14:15
Place: Niagara, NI:C0626 (DVMT, Computer Science and Media Technology)

Research seminar at DVMT, May 19: Carl Johan Orre: Exploring concepts of interactive self care

Tomorrow, Friday May 19, 13:30–14:15 in NI:C0626, Carl Johan Orre introduces us to some of his research. Title: Exploring concepts of interactive self care.

Description: In my research I explore different concepts of interactive self-care with the purpose to understand IT as a digital resource while developing new approaches and programs for rehabilitation. Although medical care has been digitized for a long time, it is clear that the digitalization of healthcare now enters a new phase that in new ways more transformative ways challenges roles and practices. A development which broadly follows the digitization we see happening in many parts of the community right now. Today we can renew prescriptions and order a medical certificate. We also given access to our medical journal via the web and we can get a medical consultation via our mobile or computer with short waiting time, services that actually is a challenge to established care practices. Another of challenges care providers currently face is our everyday use of personal technologies. The use of an app to log exercise, eating and sleeping habits is becoming more common and play an important motivating role in activities having a lot to do with health. But how can these technologies be combined with existing digital resources as part of new approaches and programs for rehabilitation, to support people who daily live with chronic diseases?

Research seminar at DVMT May 11: Nikita Mazurov: Against the Stream: Netflix as Violent Adversary

On Thursday May 11, 13:15–14:00, Nikita Mazurov presents his research at the Institute of Computer Science and Media Technology, in NI:C0626.

Against the Stream: Netflix as Violent Adversary

This workshop will seek to interrogate the practice of streaming as a figuration of nonspatial destinerrance, wherein the cyber-utopian promise of unbridled data dissemination is defracted, via a culturalized repressive desublimation, into a boundless buffer state, ultimately never being allowed to reach its destination by virtue of never leaving its origin in the first place. In other words, the great triumph of streaming providers, the great lie of so-called Video on Demand services, is their ability to successfully market the myth that they provide content, whilst in actuality what they supply is precisely the lack thereof.
The resultant stream slurry, an endless erring of destinerrant media, intermittently reveals itself in the brutal congealment of cracked and bloodied bones, ripping through the otherwise seamless facade of the new flesh of on-demand video via its technophilic death throes in the forms of geo-IP based content restrictions and DRM playback injunctions, compatibility errors and buffer loops, and through the legal restraints of licensing restrictions and DMCA takedown notices.
These streaming practices or disservices, such as they are, constitute what may be collectively dubbed as the ‘Netflix Attack’ on data archival: a weaponized assault on guerrilla archivists who are viewed as a threat to the state-backed forces of centralized, monopolized control over cultural output. Netflix may thus here be seen to function as a violent adversary actively working to not merely supress the unbridled promulgation of information, but to render said supression desirable.
Following said analysis of the problematics of streaming media, the talk will then present an ethnographic explication of a myriad strategies guerrilla data archivists have deployed in the service of actualized data dissemination achieved via the contestation of streaming mythology, by going against the stream.

This Friday: Research/guest seminars at Computer Science and Media Technology

This Friday afternoon, April 28, the department of computer science and media technologies will host the following seminars in NI:B0501:

  • 13:30: Daniel Spikol, Malmö University:  “PELARS Project: Exploring Multimodal Learning Analytics in the Wild”Multimodal learning analytics provides researchers new tools and techniques to capture different types of data from complex learning activities in dynamic learning environments. My talk presents some of the results of the PELARS project that investigated high-fidelity synchronised multimodal recordings of small groups of learners interacting from diverse sensors that included computer vision, user generated content, and data from the learning objects. The data was processed, and we extracted different aspects of the students’ interactions to investigate the following questions: which features of student group work are good predictors of team success in open-ended tasks with physical computing? We additionally, examined collaborative patterns in the group behaviour of the students. The results provide ways to automatically identify the students and groups at risk during the learning activities and provides means for different types of interventions to support and scaffold the student learning. More information at and publications at
  • 14:15: Aneta Poniszewska-Marańda, Lodz University of Technology: “Education and research at Lodz University of Technology”This will be a general presentation about my university and my institute/department in aspect of education and research.

Research seminar, Aleksander Fabijan: Armed with data: Can Software Engineers and Data Scientists become the new Strategy makers?

Friday March 17 at 13:30 in NI:C0626, Ph.D. studen Aleksander Fabijan will give a short talk introducing everyone to the research he is involved in.

Title: Armed with data: Can Software Engineers and Data Scientists become the new Strategy makers?

Description: In my work, I research how customer and product data impact software companies and their development practices. In this seminar, I wish to spend a few minutes presenting the different ways that software companies use data to not only detect and fix issues in their products, but also to build better strategies for the future, and set achievable and measurable goals for the way there.

The primary target audience is teachers and researchers at the institute of computer science and media technology, but guests are welcome. Expect that attending takes at most 30 minutes of your time, unless you want to stay for additional questions/discussion.

Three CS research seminars during week 46

Next week at the time of writing, we have three short research seminars  at the computer science department, in room NI:C0626, details below. One during lunchtime on Monday November 14th, and two on the afternoon of Friday November 18th. Also, let me remind you of Aleksander Fabijan’s licentiate presentation tomorrow (Friday the 11th).

  • Monday 2016-11-14 12:30Rosalia Camporeale, Modelling horizontal and vertical equity in public transport design problem
    In the transport literature, equity has been and is still used with a variety of meanings and purposes. Traditionally, equity has been considered in strategic transport planning but a very few works have been addressing on how to quantify it and on how to explicitly consider equity at transportation design level (tactical and/or operational). Inevitably, in a given area, not all groups of people/users have the same degree of accessibility to the different destinations and then to the urban functions and opportunities.My work deals with transit service as a tool for generating social inclusion benefits and it look at how to quantitatively define equitable solution from a spatial and social point of view. Hence, it has been proposed a methodology to plan and design public transport services in order to meet the needs of communities, supporting equitable accessibility. The proposed design model aims at quantitatively incorporating equity goals in Transit Network Design Problem. It has been formulated as a optimization problem with an objective function that considers the cost of users, operators and unsatisfied demand. A novel comprehensive equity indicator is also specified. Through a sensitivity analysis, it has been investigated how the costs of the system vary with respect to the achieved level of equity, finding that higher overall costs must be born if more equitable service provision has to be pursued. An application to a real case of study is then presented to highlight the usefulness and performances of the method.

    Rosalia (Lia) Camporeale is a PhD student in Transportation Engineering at Technical University of Bari, and guest PhD student at Malmö University since the beginning of July.

  • Friday 2016-11-18 13:15, José Font: Games and technology – a perspective on games research from Computer Science
    I will present some very active research fields in the Computational Intelligence and Games Studies communities, and point out some trends in procedural content generation and the boundaries between computer games and tabletop games. I will present some interesting and illustrative works in these fields in no more than 30 mins, leaving the following 30 mins for an open discussion.

    A bit about José: I combine research on Artificial Intelligence with Computational Intelligence in Games, exploring the ways in which AI can be a productive and creative tool during the video game development process. AI can nowadays improve the gaming experience, producing playable content and components for games on the fly, and it is getting closer to producing complete games from scratch.

  • Friday 2016-11-18 14:15, Rahel Bekele Teklegiorgis, Learning Oriented Participatory Approach in design of systems and application software: A case study for maternal and child health care practices in Ethiopia

    This talk will be about the series of activities undertaken to design context sensitive IT enabled health care information services and solutions that would address the challenges of maternal and child health care in resource limited settings. It makes a summary of the work done in respect of designing a collaborative action oriented research approach that would address the real needs of the rural community specifically mothers and children. Based on findings from discussions and consultation with various stakeholders, it presents the planned activities to be undertaken in the design and development of appropriate content and software solutions as well as in fostering collaborative learning and research works.
    Dr. Rahel Bekele is currently an associate professor at the School of Information Science, College of Natural Sciences. She obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Hamburg, Germany in 2005. She completed her Master of Science Degree in Information Science from AAU in 1992. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Statistics from AAU in 1988. Dr. Rahel has also served in various key management positions within AAU. February 2010 to May 2012 she was the Dean of the School of Information Science. From January to June 2011 She was the Director of the ICT development Office at Addis Ababa University. From April 2006 to Feb. 2008 and July 1998 to Dec 2001, she served as Chair of the Department of Information Science
    Her area of research includes technology solutions particularly mobile applications for rural health intervention, software usability, knowledge management and eLearning systems. She is currently the principal investigator and leader of a research project entitled “Technology Enabled Maternal and Child Health Care (TEMACC-Ethiopia)”.

Seminar: Thomas Pederson on affecting human behaviour through unconscious persuasion

On Friday October 21, at 13:15, our fairly new senior lecturer in computer science Thomas Pederson will give a seminar in NI:C0626 with the following theme:
Affecting human behaviour through unconscious persuasion — something for future interactive systems?
“I will give some pointers to recent research on “peripheral interacton” and discuss the potential implications for design of future IoT systems. I will try to have defined a specific research question in the area which we can center the discussion around. The idea is to leave 30 mins to the intro to the topic and to have an open discussion under the following 30 mins.”
A bit about Thomas:
“I explore the development of mobile and wearable systems that seamlessly blend with and support ongoing real-world tasks (c.f. Marc Weiser’s vision of calm computing) and give rise to what we refer to as an egocentric interaction paradigm. I believe that human perception, cognition, and action capabilities are defining factors for future wearable systems that talk to us in increasingly subtle ways through our peripheral attention.”
Visitors are welcome.

Seminar on operations research by Rubén A. Proaño: Scheduling of doctors in training

On Friday September 30, 13.15–14–15, Dr. Rubén A. Proaño, visiting from Rochester Institute of Technology will give a seminar in NI:C0802. Abstract and bio follow.

Scheduling of doctors in training: An Operations Research implementation to ensure fairness and facilitate continuity of care

Completing a residency program is a requirement for medical students prior to practice medicine independently. Residency programs in internal medicine must undergo a series of supervised rotations in elective, inpatient, and ambulatory units. Typically a team of chief residents is charged to develop a yearly rotational schedule. This process is complex as it needs to consider academic, managerial, regulatory, and legal restrictions while also facilitating the provision of patient care, ensuring a diverse educational experience, balancing workload, and improving resident satisfaction. Simple formulations for residence scheduling problems have been proved to be NP-complete. This study presents  (1) a multi-stage multi-objective optimization approach for generating year-long resident rotation schedules; and (2) the use of AHP (Analytical Hierarchy Process) to compare schedules across multiple criteria to design and select those that are more equitable, easier to adopt, and to implement. Furthermore, the presentation will discuss the opportunity of integrating the proposed optimization-based system as part of an IoT solution capable of generating dynamic schedules that can respond to patient demand uncertainties, and to information that becomes increasingly richer and more reliable as the academic year evolves.

Bio: Dr. Rubén A. Proaño

Dr. Proaño is an Associate Professor in Industrial Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. He received a Ph.D. and a M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito, and is United World Colleges (UWC) alumnus. Dr. Proaño’s research focuses on the application of optimization models to the solution of problems affecting healthcare delivery, and the supply of pediatric vaccines. Dr. Proaño enjoys teaching and interacting with students and actively introduces students to healthcare systems engineering problems. Dr. Proaño believes in the benefits of a multicultural education and he is convinced that Operations Research, ”The Science of Better” provides the tools to engineer decision-making and has an important role to play in international development.  Dr. Proaño’s work on vaccine supply is currently funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He is a member of INFORMS, the board of directors of the Health Systems  Engineering Alliance, and serves as one of the directors of the Operations Research Division Board of the Institute of Industrial Engineering.

Forskningsseminarium fredag 3 juni: Software Engineering Beyond the Project (Yvonne Dittrich)

Fredagen den 3 juni kl. 13:15 håller Yvonne Dittrich från IT-universitetet i Köpenhamn ett forskningsseminarium på institutionen för datavetenskap, i rum NI:C0626. Alla är välkomna. (Forskningsseminariet följs sedan av ett pedagogiskt seminarium.) Detaljer:

Name: Dr. Yvonne Dittrich

Title: Software Engineering Beyond the Project. Sustaining Software Ecosystems.

Abstract: The main part of software engineering methods, tools and technologies has developed around projects as the central organisational form of software development. A project organisation depends on clear bounds regarding scope, participants, development effort and lead-time. What happens when these conditions are not given? The article claims that this is the case for software product specific ecosystems. As software is increasingly developed, adopted and deployed in the form of customisable and configurable products, software engineering as a discipline needs to take on the challenge to support software ecosystems. In the talk I will present a an interview study designed based on long term research engagement with 4 companies. The analysis results in a set of common features of product development and evolution despite differences in size, kind of software and business models. The findings address the relation to the use context, the maintenance of the architectural design, and the development respectively evolution process. The reported practices challenge some of the very core assumptions of traditional software engineering, but make perfect sense, considering that the frame of reference for product development is not a project but continuous innovation across the product specific ecosystems. The talk provides a number of concrete points for further research.

Bio: Dr. Yvonne Dittrich works as an associate professor at the IT-University of Copenhagen. Her research relates cooperative and human aspects of software engineering with use orientation in software development and end-user development. She developed an empirical research approach ‘Cooperative Method Development’ which relates ethnographic research and problem oriented software process improvement. Most of her research takes place in collaboration with industry and public organisations. (

Seminar: Measuring complex behavior: Tools to analyze mobile observer’s gaze

On Thursday, April 21, 15:15–17:00 in NI:C0626, Jeff Pelz is a guest at the department of computer science, to hold a seminar with the title Measuring complex behavior: Tools to analyze mobile observer’s gaze.

Jeff Pelz illustration


Mature data-analysis tools are available to researchers using laboratory-based eye tracking systems, but new wearable eye trackers are creating huge data sets that are not compatible with existing tools. The new systems can monitor complex behaviors in natural environments that were inaccessible to previous eye tracking systems because of their inherent constraints on environment, movement, and behavior.

I will describe approaches to measuring observer behavior in these unconstrained environments using methods from machine vision (e.g., multiview geometry and SLAM) to code gaze targets spatially, and methods relying on semantic labeling that do not rely on fixed 3D spatial locations. The latter approach allows coding of dynamic scenes without the need for explicit object tracking and is more flexible and extensible than object-based coding schemes.

Speaker Bio

The speaker is the Frederick Wiedman Professor of Imaging Science and Co-director of the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, NY, USA. He received a Ph.D. in Brain and Cognitive Science from the University of Rochester, where he began his work in gaze and behavior in the 1990s. His research has focused on the development and application of robust wearable eyetracking systems that allow the study of complex behavior in natural environments, and on data-analysis tools to handle the resulting datasets.

The Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL) is a collaborative group of faculty, staff, and students at RIT representing a broad range of disciplines with a common interest in developing and using eyetracking tools to explore complex behavior. The MVRL brings together researchers from Imaging Science, Computer Science, Psychology, Linguistics, Engineering, and Health Sciences.