Lab

Human, Technology & Organisation (HTO)

About the lab

Our research group studies the relationships and dynamics of Health, Technology, and Organisation (HTO) with the goal of creating knowledge that supports sustainable development and utilization of ICT.

Areas of interest include:

eHealth and the proliferation of eHealth services.
The concept of a digital work environment and its application to promote healthy work.
Methods and techniques to support the deployment of a redesigned organisation of work including new ICT.
The compatibility of user centred design and usability work with Agile methodologies and novel software development practices.
Inclusive design and design for all.
Gender and ICT.

Featured projects (1)

Project
DOME is a collaborative consortium between the Royal Institute of Technology, University of Lund, University of Skövde, Uppsala University, Örebro University, and Karolinska Institutet.

Featured research (3)

It can be hard to understand the context in which a software system is used and how the whole work environment affects the usage of a particular system. In this project, we modified the Persona method to include aspects of the digital work environment and the context to extend the understanding of these aspects during software development. The modified version of the Persona method is based on the traditional Persona method, on theories on healthy work and research on the digital work environment. The objective of proposing the modifications of the method is to give software developers more insights into the complexity of the digital work environment. University students tried the modified Contextual Persona method in a user-centred software development course. Students worked on designing a new system for 12 weeks using the Contextual Persona method during the fourth week of software development. The students gave feedback on what positive and negative aspects they experienced while using the modified Contextual Persona method and their thoughts on how the method could be improved. In the paper, we analyse reports from 30 students and summarise the feedback gathered. We conclude by summarising the possible improvements to the method based on our findings.
This course will introduce attendees to the challenges and benefits of integrating User-Centred Design (UCD) methods into the Google Design Sprint (GDS) process. The course will introduce this new User-Centred Design Sprint process, and participants will practice selected methods from the process during the course. By the end of the course, participants will know why, when and how to use User-Centred Design Sprint. Delivered by experienced members of IFIP TC13, this course will appeal to researchers and developers working in the early stages of designing software products.
This working group contributes to formulating a framework for modeling competencies in the current and future disciplines that comprise computing education. We draw upon the innovative approach taken in the curricular document for information technology (IT2017), curricular competency frameworks, other related documents such as the software engineering competency model (SWECOM), the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA), current research in competency models, and elicitation workshop results from other computing conferences. The outcomes contribute to the Computing Curricula 2020 (CC2020) project, and include the formulation and review of sets of disciplinary-relevant competencies for use in computing education. This work directly informs the CC2020 project sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the IEEE Computer Society.

Lab head

Åsa Cajander
Department
  • Department of Information Technology
About Åsa Cajander
  • I do research mainly from a socio-technical perspective in the following areas: 1) IT and work. Digitalisation has great potential to improve work and to increase work engagement. 2) Computer Science Education. I do research on learning and didactics, and is part of the Uppsala Computing Education Research Group (UpCERG) You can follow my research on my blog: www.asacajander.se and the blog of my research group at www.htogroup.org

Members (11)

Marta Larusdottir
  • Reykjavik University
Jonas Moll
  • Örebro University
Lars Oestreicher
  • Uppsala University
Rebecka Janols
  • Umeå University
Rebecca Cort
  • Uppsala University
Diane Golay
  • Uppsala University
Anna Vasilchenko
  • Newcastle University
Bengt Sandblad
Bengt Sandblad
  • Not confirmed yet
Jonas Moll
Jonas Moll
  • Not confirmed yet
Inger Boivie
Inger Boivie
  • Not confirmed yet
Ulrike Schnaas
Ulrike Schnaas
  • Not confirmed yet
Anastasia Hansman
Anastasia Hansman
  • Not confirmed yet
Sara Englund
Sara Englund
  • Not confirmed yet
Conor Linehan
Conor Linehan
  • Not confirmed yet