People

Joakim Karlsen

Group leader

Joakim Karlsen is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Computer Sciences, Østfold University College where he teaches media production, communication design and interaction design. He researches emerging media production practices for online- and mobile media platforms, and has recently conducted studies on computational journalism in newsrooms, independent transmedia documentary production and hackathons organized for media workers to learn more about digital making. From 1994 to 2000 he worked with documentary film and video production as director and editor, and several of the films he has worked on has been screened on national television in Norway.

Gunnar Misund

Gunnar Misund works as an associate professor at Faculty of Computer Sciences, Østfold University College, Halden, Norway. He was former a senior research scientist at SINTEF Applied Mathematics, Oslo, Norway, working with 2D and 3D geospatial applications, often combined with decision support systems. However, his firs career was as a photographer in Ulefoss, Norway. Currently, his main job interests are research, development, and teaching in the the field of mobile applications, in particular location based services and user collaboration.

Vigdis Holen

Professor (design and interactive media) Faculty of Computer Sciences, Østfold University College.

Lives in Sweden, works in Norway (b.1954).  Vigdis Holen is educated researcher and fine artist with more than 20 solo exhibitions / international art projects behind her, and 26 yrs of teaching practice. Main artistic interests and research areas: Vigdis focus on creative methodology, art, and information flow between digital and lived worlds. Her work involves a range of materials: sculptural media installation, photography, painting, texts and illustrations as digital artists’ books and graphic art.

Susanne Stigberg

Susanne Stigberg is a research fellow and lecturer at the Faculty of Computer Science.
Her research interest is in mobile interaction design. Using a human-centred perspective and a participatory methodology she explores how we can interact with technology while being in motion. Susanne has been a lecturer for several design courses both for Bachelor and Master students.

Klaudia CarcaniKlaudia Carcani

Love what you do, and you will not work a single day in your life.

She says that, this quote resembles her life story.

Klaudia started falling in love with informatics during her studies in Business Informatics at the University of Tirana. The passion for both business and informatics led to the choice of two master programs: Information System in Business Development at Linnaeus University in Sweden and Operational Research in Management at the University of Tirana. Her professional pathway started at T-mobile, Albania in the position of B2B and ICT specialist where she worked on designing customised data solutions for major business customers. Later, she handled the position of Business analyst and Project manager at AT Consulting, where she worked with a number of international projects on the design and implementation of customised information system for different customer. She left Albania in 2015 when she moved to Brussels to start her carrier at the NATO HQ, where she worked as system administrator. The period working for such a huge organisation gave her the possibility to be introduced and amused by different cultures and people from the 29 nations of the organisation. She loved Brussels and the international spirit that abound in that city. However, the dream of pursuing a PhD and further expanding her knowledge in design, brought her to Norway. She is currently working on her PhD from the University of Oslo, where her research project is a joint research initiative with Sunnaas rehabilitation hospital, investigating the role that technology can play in empowering patients which suffer from cognitive impairments and design a technological solution that can support patients during the transitions that happen in their life while in rehabilitation. Her preferred design approach is Participatory Design and the commitment of these design approach in involving in design everyone that will be influenced by it and the democratic belief in people’s right to influence their life through participation in decision making. The task is not easy and there is still a long way to go but she feels optimistic and loves what she is doing, which serves as a main element in keeping up even in the coldest days in Norway.

Marius Akerbæk

Marius Akerbæk works as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Computer Sciences at Østfold University College. He has a master’s degree in applied computer science focusing on user experience and visual communication on the Internet, and have followed that path since graduating from Østfold University College. Working with design and communication strategies alongside developing web applications in different communication agencies, he established a focus on communication as interaction.

The design focus combined with the technical IT education and a passion for teaching has led to a research project about teaching programming as a tool to express, create and communicate, and empower media workers to take the opportunities the digitalization of the media world offers.

Tina Bunæs

Tina Helene Bunæs has a master degree in Applied Computer Science in the Faculty of Computer Sciences at Østfold University College. With a focus on clinical virtual worlds, her thesis  investigated how virtual environments and serious games can work as articulation systems supporting collaborative work and clinical work practice.