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The Department of Digital Design and Information Studies is one of the strongest academic IT environments in Europe and attracts visiting scholars and PhD students from all over the world. We focus on information technology as a feature of people’s everyday lives and futures. As a result, we have a strong connection between theory and practice and play a role in a great number of national and international collaborations.

Research

The department is structured around three research units: Science and Technology Studies, Interactive Design, and Digital Aesthetics and Culture. These are cross-disciplinary fields involving research in organisations, communication, IT, design, society and technology; with research topics covering areas such as health IT, interaction processes, systems development, interface culture, surveillance, IT in urban spaces, and IT and business.

Degree programmes

Our degree programmes in digital design and information studies are deeply anchored in research in the department, and enthusiastic students have the opportunity of getting involved in research projects and student jobs. Our degree programmes are based at Katrinebjerg and form part of a wider, dynamic IT community with neighbours such as Google and B&O.

You can learn more about the content of our degree programmes in the study guide.

Digital Design

Information Studies

You can also visit the study portal for enrolled students

Staff

Lars Bo Andersen

Research Assistant

Lise Lotte Beck Andersen

Student Worker
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Jens Christensen

!!Lektor emeritus

Kasper Skov Christensen

Research Assistant

Geoff Cox

Associate professor

Peter Dalsgaard

Jens Christian Skou fellow

Eva Eriksson

Associate professor

Raune Frankjær

Scientific Assistant

Jonas Ørbæk Hansen

Project Manager CTIMNAT

Adriënne Heijnen

Senior scientific advisor

Peter Lauritsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Recent publications

Upcoming events

Fri 13 Dec
14:00-15:30 | Aarhus University, CAVI, Aabogade 34D, bldg. 5345, 8200 Aarhus N
Presentation: Anatomies of Intelligence
From data corpus to models of machine learning algorithms, this lecture performance is an invitation to reflect upton fixed representational structures and opaque learning processes — and collectively explore different forms of bringing-into-relation of such codes.
Sat 14 Dec
09:30-14:00 | Aarhus University, Helsingforsgade 15, building 5342, room 333, 8200 Aarhus N
Workshop: Anatomies of Intelligence
Following a lecture-performance the previous day, Joana Chicau and Jonathan Reus will share their approach in a public workshop where we will actively explore terminologies and techniques for an “anatomical” critique of computational learning, classifying and prediction processes
Tue 17 Dec
12:30-14:00 | Aarhus University, Helsingforsgade 14 (building 5347), room 120.
Speculations: Social Science, Climate Change, Science Fictions
Casper Bruun Jensen
Wed 18 Dec
12:30-15:30 | Aarhus University, Helsingforsgade 14 (building 5347), room 120
The University of the Anthropocene
Fri 20 Dec
10:00-13:00 | Aarhus University, The Small Auditorium, INCUBA Science Park, Building 5510, Room 104, Aabogade 15, 8200 Aarhus N
PhD Defence Signe Mørk Madsen
Retail Spaces - retail design in the digital era

News

2019.11.13 | Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

Showing practice-based research project at Exhibition Research Lab

Supported by Aarhus University, Goldsmiths, University of London and Liverpool John Moores University, artist-researcher Winnie Soon (in collaboration with Helen Pritchard) will exhibit their artwork “Recurrent Queer Imaginaries”, exploring machine writing, machine learning and generative models within the context of artistic, feminist and…

2019.10.29 | Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab, CC

Short film nominated to IDFA Competition for Short Documentary 2019

A short film by PhD Fellow Gabriel Pereira (in collaboration with artist Bruno Moreschi) has been nominated for a prize at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the world's largest documentary film festival.

2019.05.20 | Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

WRO 2019 Awards

Artist-Researcher Winnie Soon receives WRO 2019 Biennale Award Winnie is now exhibiting two artworks at Four Domes Pavilion in WRO Media Art Biennale, one of the leading forums for new media art in Poland and Central Europe. Her work “Unerasable Images” receives the WRO 2019 Award.

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The decennial Aarhus conference – August 2015

The decennial Aarhus conference – August 2015

1975-1985-1995-2005 — the decennial Aarhus conferences have traditionally been instrumental for setting new agendas for critically engaged thinking about information technology. The fifth decennial Aarhus conference, Critical Alternatives, aims to set new agendas for theory and practice in computing for quality of human life.

The conference series is fundamentally interdisciplinary and emphasizes thinking that is firmly anchored in action, intervention, and scholarly critical practice. With the title Critical Computing – between sense and sensibility, the 2005 edition of the conference marked that computing was rapidly seeping into everyday life. In 2015, we see critical alternatives in alignment with utopian principles—that is, the hope that things might not only be different but also radically better. At the same time, radically better alternatives don’t emerge out of nowhere: they emerged from contested analyses of the mundane present and demand both commitment and labor to work towards them. Critical alternatives matter and make people reflect. 

Read more about the conference

Follow our research in APRJA – “A Peer-Reviewed Journal About”

Follow our research in APRJA – “A Peer-Reviewed Journal About”

APRJA is an open-access research journal that addresses the ever-shifting thematic frameworks of digital culture. APRJA stands for “A Peer-Reviewed Journal About” and invites the addition of a research topic to address what is considered to be key aspects of contemporary digital art and culture.

Read the New issue: Datafied Research Volume 4, Issue 1, 2015.

Students designing for the future

Students designing for the future

At the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies we help our students to meet the business community and find out what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.

For instance, once a year our students are challenged to compose a design that solves a social problem. During this process they gain contact with interest groups, have prototypes developed at design companies, and test the resulting products on a test panel. Finally, they present their designs at a trade fair which is evaluated by experts in entrepreneurship.

Read more about the latest trade fair: Design Expo 2015 (in Danish only)

New telemedicine research network 

New telemedicine research network 

Researchers at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies work on the interaction between people and IT, which is why they have been included in Aarhus University’s new focus area: an interdisciplinary telemedicine research network. The main idea of the network is that it should be open and inclusive to ensure that everyone with an interest in telemedicinal solutions can take part – including not only people at Aarhus University, but also companies and other external stakeholders.

Read more about the research network (in Danish only)

Interactive Terracotta Warrior

Interactive Terracotta Warrior

The researchers at the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies are often involved in external collaboration. For instance, they added an interactive dimension to Moesgaard Museum’s exhibition about the terracotta warriors.

To illustrate the fact that the terracotta warriors of emperor Qin Shi Huangdi’s tomb were all painted, CAVI in collaboration with Moesgaard Museum made an interactive part of the temporary exhibition, “The First Emperor – China’s Terracotta Army”, which ran April 1 - September 30, 2015.

Read more about the exhibition and what the researchers have done.