I am employed at the Alexandra Institute on a part-time basis where I am the manager for the project Denmark - a Pioneer in Telemedicine. I hold a doctoral degree in computer science and I am a Professor in pervasive computing at the Department of Computer Science, Aarhus University. In addition, I am the director of the Centre for Pervasive Healthcare.
Throughout my career I have influenced on both international research, Danish IT education and on how to bridge the gap between research and industry:
I have initiated and directed several national and international research projects including the ground-breaking Scandinavian UTOPIA project on participatory design and the Palcom project on Palpable computing. Palcom ended in 2007 and was an "integrated project" under the EU 6th Framework Programme (FP6).
I have conducted most of my research in cooperation with user organizations and industry. Since 1980 I have participated in the development of digital prototypes in areas such as computer-supported cooperative work, hypermedia and pervasive computing. I am currently involved in interdisciplinary research on participatory design of applications for pervasive computing, primarily in the fields of healthcare and software architecture.
My current work
I spend most of my time at the Alexandra Institute on:
I am an expert in participatory design and user-driven innovation - both in terms of method development and in the implementation of methods in research projects.
I have extensive knowledge of healthcare IT and healthcare. My professional network extends widely in both the health sector and the business community in the Aarhus area, the Central Denmark Region and in the rest of Denmark. With regard to research I have close links to leading international researchers and research institutions.
I am an experienced researcher and have published numerous articles and have been the editor of five books. I have organized international conferences and I have have joined various university committees and executive authorities. I have given keynote speeches at some of the most prestigious international conferences within my research field.
I have several years of experience in building bridges between research and industry originating from my time as Managing Director of the Danish National Centre for IT Research as well as my record as project manager on major international projects with industrial partners.