Månad: november 2014

We got money to develop a ph.d./master’s course

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The KTH Sustainability Council offered some money to small projects that involved different departments in the same school or different schools at KTH.

Elina took responsibility for writing a one-page application about developing a course on Smart Sustainable Cities together with the school of architecture and built environment (ABE).

I (Daniel) was one of four reviewers of these applications. I refrained from judging my colleague Elina’s application, but, she got the money she applied for. The idea is to develop a ph.d. course that will later be ”downgraded” to a master’s level course. The practical work will be done together with Hanna Hasselqvist and Anna Kramers.

Read more about it in the blog post I wrote on my personal academic blog!

 

Team meeting 17 November 2014

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We had a team meeting yesterday. Daniel, Elina, Henrik, Cristi, Cecilia, Ulrica, Hanna, Malin attended.

Except for information dissemination of different smaller items, the topic of the meeting was the ph.d. course Daniel will give on ”ICT and Sustainability” during the spring term. We discussed topics, content and format. More info later!

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Team meeting 3 november 2014

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Regular lunch meeting with Daniel, Malin, Cristi, Hanna, Åke and Elina, as well as Helena Tobiasson as a guest.

Since there were not so many phd-students present we postponed the subject of the upcoming phd-course and its planning. Perhaps we will arrange a separate meeting about this. Or perhaps not, that discussion could benefit from the input of some more senior, non-ph.d. participants’ ideas and opinions (and suggestions for articles).

Daniel told us an initiative at KTH called KTH Live-in Lab, where we will meet someone in order to discuss possible research collaboration. The Live-in Lab will be a student dormitory where the rooms/apartments will be research objects and where new ideas and technologies will be tested. The lab will span several different disciplines and questions; architecture, interior design, construction, energy, behaviour, ICT etc.

We also discussed the master track in ICT and sustainability, there is a soon to be ”test election” by students, so we need to write a short selling text to the students. A first draft was reviewed by the group.

Daniel and Elina gave some recollections of the NordiCHI conference they attended last week and the workshop we (Daniel and Elina) organized. We should put our efforts to participating on the NordiCHI 2016 conference, to be arranged in Gothenburg by Chalmers. The theme of the conference is Gaming-Changing Design, and sustainability is right there in the call for papers – as apart from at NordichCHI 2014. With a sympathetic Maria Håkansson as the workshop chair, our chances to again organise a sustainability-related workshop must be pretty large.

As an ending of the meeting we discussed the upcoming conference deadlines we would like to keep our eyes on, Critical Computing (mid-February) and ICT4S2015 (mid-March).

/Elina & Daniel