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Winter Conference 2024

February 7 @ 9:00 am - February 9 @ 5:00 pm

Welcome to the fourth annual WASP-HS Winter Conference! The conference is intended for the WASP-HS community including the PhD students and supervisors.

PhD students within WASP-HS are invited to contribute to the Winter Conference either with a poster, a talk and by participating in a workshop on one (or two, if possible) of the six following topics:

  • AI and modelling in social sciences: creating a network.
  • AI and political communication
  • Transdisciplinary approach to data structures and data practices, how do we perceive and approach data in our fields?
  • Transparency from a legal and ethical perspective
  • The role of AI in preserving cultural heritage
  • What is the worst possible use of your research?

All PhD students should submit an abstract to the Winter conference. In addition, each PhD student will be requested to review two of the submitted abstracts. More information see, call for abstracts.

Important dates

January 8, 2024: Abstract submission deadline
January 12, 2024: Peer reviewing starts
January 19, 2024: Deadline for submitting reviews
January 24, 2024: Feedback to authors
January 31, 2024: Final deadline for revised abstracts
February 7-9 2024: Conference


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Sara Ljungblad, senior lecturer at Chalmers University of Technology and University of Gothenburg

Sara Ljungblad
Senior lecturer in Interaction Design at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology

Robotic Visions and Human Realities
What are the tensions between the robotic visions created in research and the realities of needs that people face in society? What could hinder people to accept robotic products? I started out as a researcher in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), but have over the years done more and more ethnographic inspired studies in the area human-robot interaction (HRI) and Human Drone Interaction (HDI) aiming to understand use and experiences of robotic artefacts. In this talk, I will share what I learned from spending several years as an inhouse researcher at a design and innovation firm, working with professional designers, and from being a researcher in technology-oriented fields. I will discuss different views of design and problem solving, design fixations and norms, and designerly approaches to achieve norm-creative design and alternative perspectives of solutions.

Sara Ljungblad is a senior lecturer in Interaction Design at the joint Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She finished her Ph. D thesis in Human-Machine Interaction in 2008, and after this she spent three years as an inhouse researcher at a design and innovation agency. Ljungblad is interested in human-centred design and design skills in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Her research concerns the development of design methods, as well as studies of people’s experiences of robotic products. Ljungblad calls for more critical robotics research, with norm-creative and designerly perspectives. She has published her research in venues such as CHI, CSCW, Ro-Man, HRI, NordiCHI, Swedish Design Research Journal, EAD, DIS and Interact.


Wednesday 7 February

08:30 – 09:00 Coffee

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome

09:15 – 10:25 Producing Governmental Agency with AI
Chair: Sophie Mainz

Maria Arnelid – Care crises and welfare technology: Practices, motivations and logics behind the digitalization of elder care in Sweden

Emil Johansson – On The Moral Responsibility of Modelers in Social Simulation for Policymaking

Ellinor Blom Lussi – The introduction of a new automated agency: Competing Values and Neglected Aspects

10:25 – 11:00 Break

11:00 – 12:10 The Politics of Culture
Johannes Widegren – Semi-Automatic Metadata Enrichment – Approaches for Sámi Archives in Sweden

Larissa von Bychelberg – Research at the Intersection of AI, Archives and Authenticity

Petra Jääskeläinen – Visual Cultural Politics of Generative AI

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:15 Poster Session 1

14:15 – 15:00 Coffee

15:00- 17:00 Workshops
Pim Kerkhoven – What Is the Worst Possible Use of Your Research?

Sarah de Heer – Transparency Issues from a Legal and Ethical Perspective

Felix Thiel – AI and Modeling in Social Sciences: Creating a Network

15:00 – 17:00 Life as a WASP-HS supervisor

19:00 Dinner

Thursday 8 February

09:15 – 10:00 Life After PhD Studies

10:00 – 10:15 Break

10:15 – 12:15 Workshops
Nasrin Mostofian – The Role of AI in Preserving Cultural Heritage

Sophie Mainz and Emelie Karlsson – (Generative) Artificial Intelligence and Political Communication – Quo Vadis?

Irene Kaklopoulou – Transdisciplinary Views on Data and Data Practices

12:15 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 Student council meeting

14:30 -15:30 Poster session 2 with coffee

15:30- 17:00 AI in Education
Lux Miranda – A Case for Diverse Social Robot Identity Presentation in Education

Alexandra Farazouli – AI Chatbots and Assessment in Higher Education

Carl-Johan Stenberg – AI Literacy in Teacher Education


Friday 9 February

09:00 – 09:45 Interacting and Relating
Andreas Brännström – Computational Empathy in Interactive Agents

Dominika Lisy – A Relatable Subject: Body Boundaries and Sensorial Hierarchies

09:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 11:00 Keynote
Sara Ljungblad, Senior lecturer in Interaction Design at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology

11:00 – 12:00 Wrapping up

12:00 Conference ends


Abstract Review Submission

Abstract review submisson is closed.

Registration for Supervisors

Registration is closed.

Call for Abstracts

For more detailed information, please download the following .PDF – Call for abstract document
To create your abstract, please download and use the following template for content, structure and layout – Abstract template

Call for abstracts is closed.


February 7 @ 9:00 am
February 9 @ 5:00 pm
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