XP 2019 conference on agile software development

A couple of weeks ago, PhD student Ivar Hukkelberg from DIGENT, participated at the XP 2019 conference on agile software development in Montreal, Canada. The conference focused on bringing together researchers, practitioners, coaches, and thought leaders to present and discuss their most recent research results and findings. This year, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) started to make itself present as a topic of interest at the agile conference, and there were some interesting cases that discussed AI’s role in the agile software development field.

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Ivar Hukkelberg presenting at XP 2019 conference

During the conference, Ivar presented the workshop paper “Exploring the challenges of integrating data science roles in agile autonomous teams”. The paper was written together with Marthe Berntzen, who is doing a PhD in coordination in large scale agile projects. Through interviews with data scientists, Ivar and Marthe used the data collected to describe different challenges when trying to integrate the data scientist role into autonomous teams. The presentation was well received, and it was pointed out that the topic was of high relevance these days.


PhD defense of Sumit Pandey

Sumit Pandey from DIGENT will be defending his dissertation for the degree of PhD on June 7, 2019.
Pandey will hold a trial lecture within the topic “A post-phenomenological view on how smart technologies mediate human relations”. The trial lecture will be at 10h15, at Lille Auditorium, Kristen Nygårds hus, Gaustadalléen 23A.

The defense will be at 12h15 in the same place. His thesis – entitled “Designing Smart Things” – has combined critical and speculative design with strategic design. Professor Alma Leora Culén has been the main supervisor, and Dr. Ole Christian Smørdal and Associate Professor Maja Van Der Velden the co-supervisors.

All welcome!

Call for papers

Professor Beate Sjåfjell from the Department of Private Law and Associate Professor Maja Van Der Velden from DIGENT are the guest editors for a special issue for the open-access Journal Sustainability.

The special issue is connected to the conference “Corporate Sustainability Reforms: Securing Market Actors’ Contribution to Global Sustainability” that will happen in Oslo on 24 October 2019. The conference aims to discuss ways of facilitating the transition towards sustainability and to identify concrete proposals. It will be open to all interested, including scholars, students, policy-makers and practitioners.


The deadline for sending abstracts (max 500 words) is 20 June 2019. Subject to peer-review, selected abstracts will be invited to submit papers to the special issue, with the deadline on 25 September 2019.

Podcasts at Digitaliseringspådden

Professor Bendik Bygstad and associate professor Lene Pettersen from DIGENT have been guests at Digitaliseringspådden, a collaboration between Computerworld and Already On.

In Bygstad’s podcast, the focus is directed on what students learn about digitalization at IFI.  Pettersen’s podcast concerns how digitalization influences dating nowadays, dating platforms, what we risk missing out with digitalization as well as business model innovation in the media industry.  In both episodes, you can learn some fun facts about the two. Both podcasts are in Norwegian.

DIGENT Summer party – 2019 edition

May 28 was the day for the DIGENT Summer party – 2019 edition.
Before its start, we had the section meeting. Some points were highlighted here, in especial the open positions within our section, IFI’s handlingsplan, and its re-organization.

We then met again for the Summer party, with different activities organized by DIGENT’s members Ivar, Alice, Dennis, and Alexander. Participants from our research clusters were organized in teams. In the first activity, the groups answered to a quiz with questions focused on each of the clusters. Secondly, the groups participated in the “Amazing Race”, in which they solved riddles that lead them through 6 different rooms throughout IFI’s building. The quiz and the riddles were developed as a way for the participants to interact more and to bring a different dynamic to the event. The last activity of the day at IFI was a presentation given by Ivar on Machine Learning in Information Systems, which brought interesting discussions among the participants.

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Photo by Dennis Gan

The main goal of the summer party was to give the opportunity for all of us to get to know more about each other and the clusters, as well as to create a nice atmosphere of integration. This continued through DIGENT’s dinner at Aker Brygge.

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.

Photo from Pexels

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