Making Place With Technology Together

PhD defence, Monday 20 Februar 2017. Henrik Korsgaard.

2017.02.20 | Steffi Hjerrild Iversen

Henrik Korsgaard

During his studies, Henrik Korsgaard researched how an urban community use and develop Information Technology as part of their everyday community activities, and how this shape and influence the community and its activities over time.  In his research, Henrik focuses on the places where people gather and collaborate as the common factor influencing their activities and local technologies. A place-centric perspective is particularly useful in cases where the place is one of the defining factors in bringing people together in community activities and the development of the technologies that support these activities. As community members come and go, the technologies they use, information and the local developed systems become a more permanent part of the community and its activities. The empirical research is supplemented with the development of a set of research prototypes that explore how network infrastructure and web-based technologies can support people in creating and developing their own local information spaces. The research show that people already engage in complex activities of developing local community technologies. It suggests a place-based approach that allow people to develop content and applications for nearby places using simple web-development tools, and propose a generic model for accessing local resources through ordinary browser interfaces.

The PhD degree was completed at the department of Computer Science and Center for Participatory IT, Science and Technology, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Monday 20 February 2017 at 12.30
Place: Building 5342, room 333, Department of Computer Science, Aabogade 34, Aarhus University, 8200 Aarhus N.
Title of dissertation: Toward Place-Centric Computing: Making Place With Technology Together
Contact information: Henrik Korsgaard, e-mail:, tel.: +45 22 37 71 14
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor, Director Jakob Eyvind Bardram, Copenhagen Center for Health Technology and Department of Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, DTU Compute, Technical University of Denmark.
Professor, Director Barry Brown, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, and Mobile Life VINN Excellence Centre, Stockholm University.
Associate Professor Ira Assent, Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University (chair).
Main supervisor:
Professor Susanne Bødker, Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University
Associate Professor Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose, School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The dissertation is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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