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Kristina Höök

Professor in Interaction Design at Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and part-time at SICS (Sweden Institute of Computer Science). She heads the Mobile Life centre. She is known for her work on social navigation, seamfulness, affective loops and most recently on somaesthetic design.

Somaesthetic design

Somaesthetic design engages with our somas – our living, sentient, selves – and to aesthetic, interactions that help us live a richer life – an ”awakening” from the mindless, joyless, everyday habitual movements. In this talk I will discuss how new technologies, feeding off the data from our bodies, movements, emotions and social selves, can be designed with a someasthetic attitude and why this is important.


Karim Jebari

Researcher at the Institute for Future Studies.

Ethics and Existential risks

He defended his doctoral thesis in December 2014 at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH).

His thesis is about applied ethics and in particular how we should relate to the risks and opportunities of technological innovation.

He is interested in issues related to political philosophy, bioethics and the philosophy of science. His main interests right now are in transhumanism, rational philanthropy and existential risks.



Jens Allwood

Professor of Linguistics at the University Gothenburg. He is also director of the interdisciplinary center SCCIIL. His research primarily includes work in linguistics, communication and cognitive science. In linguistics, he has mainly worked on semantics and pragmatics. He has investigated face-to.face interaction from several perspectives, e.g. corpus linguistics, computer modeling of dialog as well as multimodal and intercultural communication.

Living with Uncertainty – a plea for enlightened scepticism

Presently he heads projects concerned with multimodal communication, cultural variation in comminication and the influence of social activity on spoken language.






Jonas Lundberg

Associate Professor in Information Design at Linköping University. He has a PhD in Computer Science from Linköping University, 2005.

Human-Automation Collaboration

The main challenge of human-automation collaboration is to enable humans and automation to engage with each other constructivly and collaboratively. The research program on Human-Automation Collaboration at LiU is composed of several projects. They cover various aspects of human collaboration with automation, from basic research on interactive visualization, to more applied studies such as how to control future dense drone traffic in domains. The projects are mainly applied to Air Traffic Management in close collaboration with the Air Navigation Services of Sweden (LFV), but also to the Maritime Domain in close collaboration with the Swedish Maritime Administration, and to Crisis and Emergency response.


Marietta Radomska

Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Thematic Studies – unit: Gender Studies (research strand: Gender, Nature, Culture). She holds a PhD in Gender Studies (LiU), an RMA in Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht University, NL) and MA in Philosophy specialised in Social Communication (Adam Mickiewicz University, PL). Her PhD research focused on the ontology of life exposed through the contemporary hybrid artistico-scientific practices of bioart. Radomska is a member of the Finnish Bioart Society, Queer Death Studies Network and a founder of the Eco- and Bioart Research Network.

“Between the Posthumanities and Bioart: On Imagining Futures in a More-than-human World”

The posthumanities is a transdisciplinary research area that combines critical and creative engagement with arts, sciences, technologies, cultural research and critique in order to explore, attend to, and problematise dynamic human/nonhuman relationalities and entanglements of bodies, technologies and environments in a more-than human world. Thinking with and through bioart opens up an onto-epistemological and ethical enquiry in such a posthumanist manner.


Arno Hartholt

Arno Hartholt is the Director of Research and Development Integration at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies where he leads the virtual human integration and central asset production & pipeline group. He is responsible for much of the technology, art, and processes related to virtual humans and related systems, in particular at the interchange between research and industry capabilities. He has a leading role on a wide variety of research prototypes and applications, ranging from medical education to military training.

Hartholt is the Co-Lead of Bravemind, a clinical, interactive, virtual reality based exposure therapy tool used to assess and treat post-traumatic stress in service members. Other collaborations include online virtual humans for service members and medical students, and virtual role-players that help train US Army and Navy officers. Many of the ICT virtual human capabilities are freely available to the academic research community through the Virtual Human Toolkit (https://vhtoolkit.ict.usc.edu).

Hartholt studied computer science at the University of Twente in the Netherlands where he got his Master’s degree. He worked at several IT companies, from large multi-nationals to early start-ups, before accepting a position at ICT.

Virtual humans – autonomous agents who interact with real humans

Hartholt will discuss how virtual humans – autonomous agents who interact with real humans both verbally and nonverbally – benefit us in numerous areas, including training and education. Virtual humans can be mentors, role-players or even adversaries, resulting in powerful new ways to train, teach, help and entertain.




Autoliv – Johan Karlsson

For over 60 years, Autoliv has focused on one very important issue: Saving Lives. Our innovative products save 30,000 lives every year and prevent 10 times as many injuries. Autoliv is an internationally recognized player in the automotive sector and is at the forefront of the development and production of safety systems for cars.

The Research department, which is located in Vårgårda, collaborates with Autoliv development teams in Europe, Japan and USA as well as with universities around the world.

”Automated driving meets the limit of human performance – why we (still) need driver monitoring”

Self-driving cars are often pictured as the solution which will ultimate save us from driver errors and help us reach the vision zero for traffic safety. But during the foreseeable future, the humans will need to be able to take over when automation fails – How does the automated vehicle know that the human driver is alert and fit to drive?