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Democratizing design practices in the digital society

The research group focuses on developing methods, tools, and techniques to increase participation in both professional and end-user design practices in the digital society. We aim to further the agenda of making design accessible to everyone, by empowering people with tools to actively engage in and contribute to co-creative practices in the digital society. Currently, the group is involved in projects in several domains, health, education, engineering, and media, providing a diverse research environment for the group members.

DDDS Group



Joakim Karlsen (leader)

 joakim.karlsen@hiof.no    (+47) 908 40 400

Joakim Karlsen is an Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Communication, Østfold University College where he teaches media production, communication design and interaction design. He researches emerging media production practices for online- and mobile media platforms, and has recently conducted studies on computational journalism in newsrooms, independent transmedia documentary production and hackathons organized for media workers to learn more about digital making. From 1994 to 2000 he worked with documentary film and video production as director and editor, and several of the films he has worked on has been screened on national television in Norway.

Susanne Stigberg

 susanne.k.stigberg@hiof.no   (+46) 70-9271-978 

Susanne Stigberg is an associate professor at the Department of Computer Science and Communication. Her research interest is in interaction design and digital fabrication. Using a human-centered perspective and a participatory methodology she explores how we can interact with technology beyond the desktop paradigm. Furthermore, she is involved in several interdisciplinary projects that create and study technology-based learning experiences. As a computer scientist and interaction designer, she takes a cautious but optimistic stance towards technology in a process that tightly couples research and design. Susanne has been course responsible and supervisor for student projects on both Bachelor and Master level. Susanne has currently a position as Head of Studies at the department.

Klaudia Carcani

 klaudia.carcani@hiof.no  (+47) 69 60 82 76

Has a major in Business Informatics with a further specialisation through master studies in Information System in Business Development and Operational Research in Management. Have been working in different companies in designing new innovative and customised IT solution for different contexts such as logistic systems, customer care systems, geographical information systems and project management systems. Current research interest is the design of healthcare technologies with a focus on the rehabilitation process of patients facing acquired brain injuries in a joint research initiative with Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital. Research interest especially in Participatory Design, Computer Supported Collaborative Work and Human-Computer Interaction​

Marius Akerbæk

 tore.m.akerbak@hiof.no  (+47) 69 60 84 99

Marius Akerbæk works as an assistant professor at the Department of Computer Science and Communication at Østfold University College. He has a master’s degree in applied computer science focusing on user experience and visual communication on the Internet, and have followed that path since graduating from Østfold University College. Working with design and communication strategies alongside developing web applications in different communication agencies, he established a focus on communication as interaction.

The design focus combined with the technical IT education and a passion for teaching has led to a research project about teaching programming as a tool to express, create and communicate, and empower media workers to take the opportunities the digitalization of the media world offers.

Tina Helene Bunæs

 tina.h.bunas@hiof.no  (+47) 928 52 043

Tina Helene Bunæs has a master degree in Applied Computer Science in the Faculty of Computer Sciences at Østfold University College. With a focus on clinical virtual worlds, her thesis  investigated how virtual environments and serious games can work as articulation systems supporting collaborative work and clinical work practice.


Emneord: Det digitale samfunn, DigiTech, DigiEd
Publisert 9. mai 2018 10:14 - Sist endret 2. nov. 2022 15:32