Keynote Speaker

 “Human Computer Interaction and societal impact – Can HCI influence public policy making and IT politics?”


By Professor Jan Gulliksen, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

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Research and research funding organizations are becoming more and more aware of the need to conduct research that proves some form of utility to the society and has some form of practical impact. There are several different ways of making research that has practical relevance and that can contribute to changing and improving society. This talk aims at discussing ways to plan, conduct research with the aim of improving the society and also show how we should make use of our research knowledge and positions to influence politics and public policy making.


Jan Gulliksen is a professor in Human Computer Interaction at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. He is also the Dean of the School of Computer Science and Communication. Jan is the chairman of the digital commission of Sweden’s government, Department of the Enterprise and is also appointed  Digital champion of Sweden by the European commission. He is the chairman of IFIP TC 13 on HCI, chairman of the NordiCHI collaboration and founder of the NordiCHI conference series. Jan has conducted a number of larger Action Research projects with the purpose of increasing the usability by introducing new user-centred design methodologies at several public authorities. He has authored more than 100 publications on these matters.