Talk on the mysteries of artificial intelligence (AI)

Prof. Anders Hansen will give a talk about the mysteries of AI. The talk will address the lack of foundations in modern AI, its behaviour and philosophical dilemmas. Prof. Hansen is the head of the Applied Functional and Harmonic Analysis group at the University of Cambridge.

The event will take place on May 22 (from 14h15 to 15h30), at Vilhelm Bjerknes’ hus Auditorium 2.

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For more information, please visit the page of the event.


Digitalization Seminar

For our second Digitalization seminar, we welcome Prof. Lars Mathiassen as guest speaker and also as newly appointed Professor II in the Digitalization group. More information about him is found in his webpage.

This time we have two papers to be presented and discussed. The agenda is as follows:
09.00 – 09.15: Welcome – prof. Knut H. Rolland
09.15 – 10.15: Pluralist Theory Building: A Methodology for Generalizing from Data to Theory – prof. Lars Mathiassen
10.15 – 10.30: Coffee Break
10.30 – 11.15: The role of discourse in transforming digital infrastructures – post doc Egil Øvrelid

The event will take place on April 10, from 9h to 11h15, at Ole-Johan Dahls hus – Seminarrom Python (2269).

Seminar on shaping generativity & managing technical debt

Professor Dr. Kalle Lyytinen will visit the DIGENT section and give a seminar on Shaping generativity & managing technical debt: Theorizing the approaches of two open source software communities.

Dr. Lyytinen is a professor of Management Design and Faculty Director at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. He will present the results of an exploratory and comparative case study of Open Source Software projects that follow different approaches to manage technical debt and shape generativity.

The event will take place on November 5, from 14h to 16h, at Ole-Johan Dahls hus – Møterom GI (6162). All welcome.

The recycling of electronics in Brazil

In July 2018, DIGENT’s Ph.D. candidate Alice Frantz Schneider was in Brazil, collecting data for her research on mobile phone recycling processes. Recycling plays an important role in a sustainable circular model for the mobile phone life cycle. Alice focused on the complexities found in the processes of different recycling scenarios and the connections between them.

Visits were conducted to electronics recycling companies and to the University of Sao Paulo (USP), which operates CEDIR (Center for Reuse and Discard of Informatics Residuals) and hosts LASSU (Laboratory on ICT Sustainability).

Collection of used electronics at CEDIR / Photo: Alice Frantz Schneider

Prof. Tereza Cristina Carvalho, the coordinator of CEDIR and LASSU, explained that while the center focuses on the processing of electronics for repair and recycling, the laboratory conducts training and research. The laboratory organizes activities focused on sustainability and social inclusion. One program aims at qualifying teenagers from low-income families in computing, in order to increase their employability. The program teaches both software programming, hardware repair, and how to properly dismantle electronic waste for recycling.

The visits to LASSU and CEDIR were especially inspiring because they present an interesting way of combining social and environmental sustainability in an academic setting.

Frilux Fram: an exploratory, future focused, and strategic design approach

DIGENT PhD candidate Sumit Pandey is organising an exhibit of design concepts from Frilux Fram, one of his ongoing projects with the digital services department of the library, exploring possible near-futures of digital services in the year 2025. The intent of this exhibit is to share outcomes from his work with future-oriented strategic design. The event is taking place on Thursday, June 14, from 12:30 – 13:30 at the design lab on the 7th floor at IFI. All welcome.




Entrepreneurship research workshop at Ghent University, Belgium

On May 7-8, 2018, the entrepreneurship research cluster was invited to join an exciting workshop at Ghent University on multidisciplinary perspectives on entrepreneurship – organized among others by our affiliated colleague Mirjam Knockaert. We therefore traveled to Belgium, where we presented and discussed several of our studies, among others on crowdfunding, prototyping, and technology transfer ecosystems. Ghent presented itself from its best side, sunny and warm, and we enjoyed a well-organized and insightful workshop.

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Steffen Korsgaard, our affiliate, presenting his paper on prototyping (above). Matthew Good and Mirjam Knockaert enjoying the social part of the conference program – a boat trip through Ghent (below).

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