Design of interactive artefacts and services

Design of interactive artefacts and services is one of the research areas within the subject Informatics. We focus on design as an integrated part of different areas and contexts of use, to support human activity and experience in working and everyday life.

The research area Design of interactive artefacts and services focuses on design as an integrated part of different areas and contexts of use. Central to the research area is designing, within and for different use situations, and together with stakeholders, to support human activity and experience in working and everyday life, on an individual, organizational and societal level. The way in which humans interplay and interact, with other humans and with technology, is explored to develop an understanding, and to design systems and services that support work practices and practices in daily life.

The research is grounded in and extends Participatory Design (PD) as a use-oriented approach, with the use of ethnographic studies, and participative methods. Other critical perspectives, such as Feminist Science and Technology Studies, and gender research, are also included. Current research projects that can be tied to this area are:

  • Sustainable Ways of Living with Technologies
  • Organizing, Designing and Managing Anew – Senior Citizens, Sustainable Knowing and Participatory Design
  • IT Researchers' and Professionals' Lived Experiences
  • Small Scale Industrial Participatory Design with Focus on Internet of Things
  • Sustainable Human Development in Tanzania: Health Practices, ICT, and Gender

The research group is based at the Faculty of Technology at Linnaeus University and consists of researchers from the Departments of Informatics and Computer Science, but also researchers from IT University of Copenhagen, Blekinge Institute of Technology, the Institute of Finance Management, Tanzania, and the University of Dodoma, Tanzania

The members of the research group have a wide range of specialities, backgrounds and interests, but all are engaged in empirical research, with industrial partners and society at large. We have a strong focus on using participatory methods, to design whilst taking contextual information into account.

Members of the research group

Christina Mörtberg, professor of informatics, with extensive experience of research on the design of interactive products and services, with and for users, and on the development and use of participatory methods. She has also been the principle investigator for various research projects in Sweden and in Norway. Sustainability is also a topic in her research, focusing on ecological and economic issues as well as on social and cultural aspects of sustainability.

Anita Mirijamdotter, professor of informatics, focuses on the design and management of dynamic organisational systems and learning environments; the impact of ICT on organisational processes; and interactive and human centric methods for inquiring, evaluating, valuing and learning.

Jeff Winter, senior lecturer in informatics.

Arianit Kurti, studio director at Interactive Institute Swedish ICT in Norrköping and associate professor at the Department of Computer Science. His research is in the areas of mobile systems and pervasive and ubiquitous computing, exploring the use of contextual information for designing and developing innovative services and applications. He is interested in research with industry, around user engagement, interaction design and visualisation.

Sisse Finken, associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, is engaged in techno/social-anthropological research. Her work concerns understanding relationships between practices of design and use. Her research is in the traditions of anthropology of technology, computer supported cooperative work, PD, and science and technology studies, and draws on and consistently questions such methodological frames.

Pirjo Elovaara, PhD, associate professor, Blekinge Institute of Technology.

Faraja T Igira, PhD, dean, Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics, the Institute of Finance Management, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She has over ten years of research experience gained in various institutions in Tanzania, Mozambique and Malawi. Between 2000 and 2014, Faraja was actively involved in studying, designing and implementing information systems in Tanzania mainland, Zanzibar and Mozambique. During these studies and implementation activities, she participated in general discussions on the design and implementation of Health Information Systems (HIS) that are ongoing within a network of developing countries including South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi and India. At the core of these activities is the development and implementation of the open source and the use of this software to strengthen the health information system in respective countries.

Nima H Shidende, PhD, Department of Information Systems, University of Dodoma, Dodoma, Tanzania. Her research focus and interest is on information system in primary healthcare, with a specific focus on the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV and immunization of children. She has experience in doing ethnographic studies in several primary health facilities in different regions in Tanzania. She has also conducted field visits to health facilities in Mozambique. In addition she worked as an assistant project coordinator in the Health Information System project with responsibilities to customize and implement the District Health Software (DHIS) in Tanzania.

Combines several areas

Thus, the research group combines several different areas of interest, but has a common foundation in empirical studies, participatory methodologies, and use-orientation, connected to supporting work practices and practices in daily life. The combination of fields within the group combines all of the aspects of the proposed study, ranging from the study of the use and development of participative techniques, to the issues involved in mobile systems and pervasive technologies. Beyond this, through their long experience and extensive contacts with academia and society, both nationally and internationally, the group gives a stable foundation and support to the research project.