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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

Lise Lotte Beck Andersen

Student Worker
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Kata Börönte

Research Assistant

Jens Christensen

!!Lektor emeritus

Kasper Skov Christensen

Research Assistant

Geoff Cox

Associate professor

Eva Eriksson

Associate professor

Raune Frankjær

Research Assistant

Adriënne Heijnen

Senior scientific advisor

Ann Karring

Research Assistant

Peter Lauritsen

Professor with Special Responsibilities

Germán Leiva

Assistant Professor

Recent publications

Upcoming events

Wed 07 Oct
17:00-19:00 | Høegh Guldbergs Gade 65B, 8000C Aarhus
Fermenting Data: categorising taste and colour
Workshop 2 - A series of three workshops invites you to explore fermentation and digitization together. Working with microbes, vegetables, minerals, jars, sensors and other technologies, we will experiment with these two processing techniques to play and discover how fermenting can infuse data and how data can become part of fermentation. The workshops are participatory and open to all.
Fri 23 Oct
11:45-15:00 | ZOOM register below
PhD Defence Jonas Frich: Understanding Digital Tools for Creativity
Jonas Frich, MSc, will be defending his dissertation
Sat 31 Oct
12:00-17:00 | Sigrids Stue, Dortesvej 3, , Karen Blixens Boulevard, 8220 Brabrand
Fermenting Data: sharing food sharing data
Workshop 3 - A series of three workshops invites you to explore fermentation and digitization together. Working with microbes, vegetables, minerals, jars, sensors and other technologies, we will experiment with these two processing techniques to play and discover how fermenting can infuse data and how data can become part of fermentation. The workshops are participatory and open to all.

News

2020.09.10 | Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab

Students’ work selected to exhibit at Ars Electronica 2020

Commenting on the power and control of technology the artwork uses the framework of the game 4-Card Monte to explore how we as users are led to believe that we are in control only to find out the game is rigged… The work has been selected for showcase at Ars Electronica Festival.

Dementia patients have a tendency to go wandering off. A new research project at Aarhus University aims to ensure the ethical use of surveillance technology to make it possible to find signs of life in dementia patients who have gone wandering off somewhere. (Model photo: Colourbox.com)
Lektor og leder af Center for Overvågningsforskning Anders Albrechtslund står i spidsen for projektet men i tæt samarbejde med pårørende til demente og plejepersonale.
Associate Professor Anders Albrechtslund, the Director of the Center for Surveillance Studies, is the leader of the project – which will be working closely alongside both care staff and the families of dementia patients.

2020.01.09 | Grant, Health and disease, Afd. for Digital Design og Informationsvidenskab, Arts

An ethical framework for the use of surveillance technology to ensure that dementia patients can retain their dignity and lead a safe life

Researchers from Aarhus University, in partnership with VIVE, Aarhus Municipality and Business Academy Aarhus, have received a grant from VELUX FONDEN for a project they call LIVSTEGN (which means “sign of life” in Danish). The project involves close collaboration between researchers, dementia patients, their families and their care staff.

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…

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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.