Back to the Future: Historical Encounters with Automation in Automotive Design and Technology

Chris Martin

April 2 Christopher Martin visited ISDD and gave a spotlight talk entitled “Back to the Future: Historical Encounters with Automation in Automotive Design and Technology”. Chris, who is is PhD student in Ethnology at Lund University, gave a historical overview of how autonomous driving has developed as an experience and expectation.

Drawing on some of his research for the upcoming doctoral thesis, Chris traced back several examples of how American automotive manufacturers and advertisers have introduced and portrayed new forms of design and technology and how these have contributed towards shaping people’s understanding of driving today. Finally, he discussed how established experiences and expectations might affect the driving public’s reception of new autonomous drive technology and the challenges, and opportunities, this might present.

TEXT: Magnus Bergquist
PHOTO: Vaike Fors

Creating Value by Design: From Everyday Life to Economics

April 2 we had a seminar by Dr. Suzan Boztepe from Malmö University. Suzan is Senior Lecturer and Director of Strategic Media Development master’s program at Malmö University. Her research interests include generating economic value by design, service design and the strategic impact of design in organizations. Suzan talked about “Creating Value by Design: From Everyday Life to Economics” based on her research on different aspects of design practices in relation to diverse yet contradictory conceptions of value.

TEXT: Magnus Bergquist

Alumnbesök på Digital design och innovation

Idag (9/4) har vi haft besök från två alumner från DDI: Johanna Levall som tog examen 2018 och Sara Ekelund som tog examen 2017. De  talade om sina erfarenhet efter utbildningen, gav tips för jobbsökande, lyfte saker som de tyckte hade varit speciellt användbara under utbildningen, och svarade på frågor från studenterna om hur deras dagliga arbete såg ut. Efter presentationerna bjöds det på fika och mingel, och många stannade kvar och pratade med Sara och Johanna. Tillfället var mycket välbesökt, med drygt 50 studenter från programmets tre år, och förhoppningsvis var det både inspirerande och lärorikt att få en viss inblick i vilken typ av karriär som våra studenter får efter avslutad utbildning. – Susanne Lindberg, programansvarig.

Digital Design and AI Podcasting

Vinnova is now investing in nine pilot projects in which universities will produce short courses for professional specialists. Professional development during ones work-life is becoming increasingly important for Sweden’s competitiveness and innovation capacity.

The project Digital Design and AI Podcasting is developed by Pontus Wärnestål and Stefan Byttner at ITE, in collaboration with RISE Viktoria, Digital Reliance and inUse/ÅF. HPC is assisting with pedagogic matters.

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A Human Approach to Designing Future Cities and Intelligent Cars

The arrival of autonomous vehicles in our society will significantly change the way we travel. But should we, and our cities, adapt to new urban mobility or can technology be tailored for us? A new Drive Sweden project hosted by Halmstad University combines experimental prototyping and testing of intelligent services for urban development and autonomous vehicles, with participatory and human centred research.

”We need to design with rather than for the users, and we need research models that address this shift”, says Vaike Fors, Associate Professor in Pedagogy at Halmstad University.

The project leaders are gathered during the first out of four workshops. From the left: Vaike Fors, Associate Professor at Halmstad University, Susanne Duval, strategic infrastructure planner at Helsingborg City, Patrik Palo, Senior UX strategy advisor at Volvo Cars and Suzanne Andersson, strategic infrastructure planner at Gothenburg City.

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Text: LOUISE WANDEL

Photo: EMELY NIEMI JONSSON

Digitaliseringens påverkan på arbetsmiljön i skola

IT-system kan bidra till bättre arbetsmiljö i skolan. Men det gäller att hitta rätt lösningar och att ha tydliga mål för arbetsmiljön. Det framkom vid ett seminarium på AFA Försäkring om hur den digitala tekniken påverkar arbetsmiljön där projektet IT-utveckling för hållbara arbetsplatser presenterades och av Michel Thomsen och Jörgen Johansson. Presentationen följdes av ett forskarsamtal och frågestund där även Maria Åkesson deltog.

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Designing the Future — Tools for AI-Powered Service Platforms

Pontus Wärneståls framing of Service Design and AI has been published by the e-publication Good Audience. His goal with the text is to position Service Design and current AI application and value-creation in a short and digestible way, and back it up in a way that makes sense from a business perspective. This content was also presented at Good Tech Conference in Sundsvall.

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Magnus Bergquist – Faculty Opponent at Luleå University of Technology

September 26 Magnus Bergquist was faculty opponent at Luleå University of Technology when Ali Padyab successfully defended his thesis ”Exploring Impacts of Secondary Information Use on Individual Privacy”.

Standing from left to right: Professor Netta Iivari, University of Oulu, committee member; Docent Riitta Hekkala, Alto University, committee member; Professor Tero Päivärinta, Luleå University of Technology co-supervisor; Doctor Ali Padyab, Luleå University of Technology respondent; Professor Magnus Bergquist, Halmstad University, opponent; Professor Simone Fischer-Hübner, Karlstad University, committee member; Professor Anna Ståhlbröst, Luleå University of Technology, main supervisor.