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 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 mau.se.

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.

WHEN AND WHERE:
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:
https://www.mah.se/Nyheter/Kalender/I-huvudet-pa-en-professor-Digitaliseringen/

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.

 

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.

When:
Wednesday May 23, at 15-17

Where:
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. 

 

 

Don’t miss: Student project exhibition in Niagara on Thursday

Around 60-65 student groups are expected to participate in this year’s student exhibition in Niagara on the first, fourth and fifth floors. Come by on Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm to see projects from students in the programs Information Architect, System Development, Application Development, Game Development and Data Technology and Mobile IT.

Time and place:
Thursday, May 24 at 10 am-2 pm in Niagara (Lobby, 4th floor and 5th floor)

Participating in Almedalen? If so, add your event on mau.se

If you plan to participate in an external seminar or some other event during the Almedalen week in early July, please let Magnus Jando know. Malmö University is creating webpage listings of all the scheduled events involving our faculty. Send an email with your event information to magnus.jando@mau.se as soon as possible.

During this year’s Almedalsveckan, Malmö University is organizing seminars in Öresundshuset. Researchers from Malmö University will also face off against opponents from Lund University in the annual Science slam.

May 18 talk and panel discussion with the Digital Champion of Sweden

Jan Gulliksen. Photo by Kristina Sahlén.

The Transformative Power of Digitization is a lecture (in Swedish) this Friday, May 18, with Jan Gulliksen. Professor in Human Computer Interaction at KTH and Digital Champion of Sweden for the European Commission, Jan ”Gulan” Gulliksen is also a member of the Swedish Government’s Digitalisation Council.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion in Swedish on digital competence and the role of universities in the digital society. In addition to Jan ”Gulan” Gulliksen, the panel includes Charlotta Alegria Ursing, CEO of MINC, Jonas Gallon, regional manager of digital renewal at Region Skåne, Andreas Jacobsson, Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Society,  and Anna Werntoft, CEO of Stratiteq.

Reserve you ticket to the event as soon as possible via the Eventbrite ticket page.

More information (in Swedish) about the lecture can be found here. The panel discussion is described in detail here.

PM Talks on May 15, a networking event by and for students

TS staff are welcome to attend PM Talks, a networking event for students and  alumni of the program Produktionsledare media. The networking event at Malmö Media Evolution City is organized by students and includes talks by program alumni.

During PM Talks, a group of former students of the program will talk about their careers and give advice to current students. There will also be opportunities for current and former students to meet and mingle. 

WHEN AND WHERE:
Tuesday May 15 at 6 pm at Media Evolution City, Stora Varvsgatan 6A, Malmö.

More information on the PM Talks Facebook event page

For more information, please contact Henriette Lucander.

Book talk with Steve Dahlskog

On Wednesday May 9 at 4 pm, Steve Dahlskog, program coordinator for the game development program and computer science lecturer, will talk about his favorite books. Steve’s talk (held in Swedish) is part of the University Library’s series Bokstafetten (in English: the book relay race).  

In Bokstafetten, selected Malmö University staff members talk about books that have been especially important to them. The speaker are asked to present a number of books, both works of fiction and non-fiction, that have been life-changing in one way or another.

WHEN AND WHERE:
Wednesday, May 9 at 16:00 in the University Library, Orkanen, Malmö University.

Read about the Malmö University staff members featured in the series and the books they have chosen to talk about.

May 11 breakfast meeting on diversity in STEM education

Welcome to an informal breakfast meeting with Lisette Titre-Montgomery. 

Ms. Titre-Montgomery is an Art Director with over 17 years of industry experience. She specializes in creating studio cultures where artists and creatives thrive. Her passion is being a diversity advocate for the game industry. She speaks publicly about how game based curriculums are key in efforts to engage today’s youth in STEM-education and careers. She has been a keynote speaker at N.A.S.A., Intel, Black Girls Code, and Girls Who Code, to name a few. She has also worked on initiatives to improve diversity in tech-hiring at the White House under the Obama Administration.

When and where:
May 11 at t 9.00 in the coffee area, on Niagara’s floor 7. May 11, the day after Ascension day, is a day off for most of the staff, but if you happen to be at work that day you are more than welcome to attend the breakfast. Please let Bo (bo.peterson@mau.se) know by Tuesday afternoon (May 8) at the latest if you want to participate or not.  

More information about Lisette Titre-Montgomery can be found here:
http://www.lisettetitre.com
https://twitter.com/doublefine/status/971853387666018309?s=21 
https://youtu.be/kq3UxNioKbw

DVMT hosts student project exhibition May 24

Students, teachers are welcome to the 2018 Department of Computer Science and Media Technology student project exhibition.

Time and place:
Thursday, May 24 at 10 am-2 pm in Niagara (Lobby, 4th floor and 5th floor)

Around 250 students in 60-65 groups are expected to participate. Participating groups come from the programs Information Architect, System Development, Application Development, Game Development and the Bachelor of Science program Data Technology and Mobile IT. 

Here’s a film (in Swedish) about the 2017 exhibition:

May 4 Docent Lecture by Daniel Spikol

On Friday, May 4, Daniel Spikol will hold his docent lecture titled The value of play and learning in the digital age. Lecture will be held in Niagara lecture hall B1 (first floor) between 13:30 and (approximately) 14:15. It is followed by a reception in the Niagara 7th floor café area.

Daniel Spikol has worked at Malmö University since 2011. Prior to that, he was at Linnæus University and RISE’s Interactive Institute. Spikol’s passion is to design and develop digital experiences to provoke people’s curiosity to explore the physical and digital world around them. He combines a background in design, digital art, and computer science to investigate how people learn and play, and has over 60 scientific publications and digital art installations. He has worked for various companies, founded several companies, and actively works to integrate design, science, industry, and culture. 

More information about Daniel Spikol’s work at:
IOTAP – http://iotap.mah.se/
PELARS project  – http://pelars.eu/
Publications – https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=q_61LpYAAAAJ&hl=en

Foundation funds new research school for data-driven systems

The Knowledge Foundation recently announced that Malmö University receives about SEK 11 million in funding for a new research school. Datadrivna system is a research partnership between Malmö University and the private sector. The new program’s aim is to increase participants’ research competence and competitiveness, and to strengthen academia and private sector-partnerships. 

“This program is about co-production rather than traditional project-based research. We will develop findings and new knowledge in collaboration with the participating companies,” says Paul Davidsson in a news article published Friday on the University website.

Seven out of 10 licenciate positions have already been filled. The first group comes from Sony Mobile, Apptus Technologies, Sigma and Ubisoft (formerly Massive Entertainment). The program is expected to start in May. 

Read more about the program (in Swedish):
Ny forskarskola stärker samarbetet mellan näringslivet och Malmö universitet

Per Jönsson up next in University’s new after work-lecture series

On Thursday, April 19 at 5 pm, Per Jönsson will speak at I huvudet på en professor (In the mind of a professor), the University’s new after work- series.  The subject of Per’s talk is Atomen: vår guide till galaxen (The atom: our guide to the galaxy). Beer, wine, coffee, tea, snacks etc. can be purchased at the event.

When and where:
Thursday, April 19, from 5-6 pm (doors open at 4:30pm)
The Niagara 2nd floor café, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

I huvudet på en professor is a new series of after work-lectures held in Swedish (except the April 25 event). The lectures are about 30 minutes, followed by a panel discussion with a master and a PhD-student and opportunities for audience members to ask questions.

No reservations are necessary for this free event, but you can reserve a ticket via the serie’s Eventbrite ticket site.

The series was launched as part of Malmö University’s 20th anniversary. The series consists of 20 free popular science lectures on a range of current topics.

See the entire series program here

See a short teaser film featuring Per Jönsson