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

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

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 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. 

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.

Engineer publishes book on adult developmental psychology

On May 16, Kristian Stålne, researcher and senior lecturer at the Department of Materials Science and Applied Mathematics, is having a release event for his new book titled:  Vuxen men inte färdig: Vuxenutveckling – stadier av komplexitet och mening. (Approximately translated to: Adult but not completed. Adult development – stages of complexity and meaning).

Wednesday, May 16 at 17:00-19:00 in the Niagara building B2 lecture hall, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1, Malmö University

Kristian’s book consists of three parts. The first part is a developmental autobiography that illustrates how a developmental journey, with accommodating crises and transformations, can be perceived from the inside. In this section, Kristian also explains why he, as a researcher with a background in engineering, set out to write a book about adult development psychology. 

The second part can be construed as a textbook introduction to the prevailing theories of adult development, with a focus on complex thinking and meaning-making. A central aspect in this is the individual’s capacity to handle increasingly complex issues and for perspective-taking, as well as a gradually developing capacity for self-reflection.

In the third part, Kristian ties the two previous sections together to show how his own personal developmental journey can be understood from an adult development perspective. The section also provides a critical discussion of the said research field. How might these insights have affected the author? In what ways do we as a society support individual development and is development as such even a desirable goal?

The book is written for a broad audience including psychologists, coaches, managers, teachers, human resources-professionals working with recruitment and leadership development, students of teaching and psychology as well as people in general who are interested in psychological perspectives on personal development.

Copies of the book can be purchased at the event for SEK 200 (regular price is SEK 248 for preorders and SEK 298 after release).

All are welcome to attend. Refreshments and sparkling wine will be served. Please RSVP via the Facebook-event or via the publisher’s website.

For more information, please contact Kristian Stålne.

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.

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 ( 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: