Kasper Rodil

Kasper Rodil
Aalborg University · Department of Architecture, Design and Media Technology

Ph.D, M.Sc, B.Sc
always interested in collaborating with motivated people on exciting topics. PM me.

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Introduction
My research is primarily centered on a design methodology which seeks to interface (-and understand) people, practices and technology. One strain is the co-design of cross-cultural technologies for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage with various indigenous communities. Another is the co-design of technologies (mostly social robots and devices for assisted living) in partnership with various neurocenters, practitioners and residents with cognitive impairments. The root to our mutual success and technical advancements is nourished by creativity, emancipation and participation. To me - all people are able to contribute to the design and implementation of our digital future. Updated publication list on my university web portal: http://personprofil.aau.dk/123433
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April 2017 - April 2020
Aalborg University
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This paper describes an interactive embodied learning-based simulation in Virtual Reality that has been designed to disseminate the Intangible Cultural Heritage behind Umqombothi, a traditional South African beer-brewing practice, by instructing both the cultural process and underlying chemistry. The VR simulation includes an authentic beer-making...
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Many technology projects are driven by (hidden) agendas which prioritize the one or the other stakeholder or the technology itself, thereby creating tensions and compromising important perspectives. In the field of digital conservation and wildlife management, the focus has often been on safeguarding wildlife (the lion), not incorporating socio-eco...
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This study investigates the ability of Virtual Reality to be used as a Serious Game experience to disseminate information to novice learners about the cultural heritage of Rock Art. Specifically, the study explores how non-verbal instruction serves as visual-interactive instruction. It is found through a study with 32 participants that there is a s...
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This paper reports on a full iteration from a project with an older adult, P, residing at a 24hour Danish care center for adults with acquired brain damage. P has due to a cognitive impairment severe challenges in remembering planned activities, which requires a substantial need for staff to remind him round the clock, thus leading to further depen...
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It is always challenging for people with disabilities, particularly having speech inhibition to communicate. In this research article, we explored the case study of the resident at the neurological centre, having a complication in conveying messages due to physical and speech paralysis. For making effective communication, we have developed a user-c...
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This proposed workshop aims to explore and share viewpoints on contentious matters concerning using ICT in the safeguarding of Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). As organizers we have formed long lasting partnerships with indigenous communities and are frequently situated in these dialogical situations where topics su...
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This paper elaborates on the process of digitising Intangible Cultural Heritage, here exemplified by the oral tradition about the African cautionary tales of the Tokoloshe. First the core concepts of Intangible Cultural Heritage and its digitisation efforts are explained. This is followed by an explanation of what the tales of the Tokoloshe entails...
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This Work-in-Progress paper describes current work and future challenges of co-designing social robots with cognitively impaired residents. The project has in time of writing ran more than two years, which allows the reporting of both technical outcomes and methodological challenges.
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Special needs education is focusing on a complex interplay of cognitive (knowledge), physical (motor rehabilitation), and social (interaction) learning. There is a strong discrepancy between the institutional spaces in which learning takes place and the need for scaffolding these levels of learning. In this paper, we present a first part of an ongo...
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Indigenous Knowledge (IK) preservation and management has been taken up as a serious endeavor by various governments who have realized the value of IK as well as the opportunities given by emerging technologies. Considering the various phases and activities of indigenous knowledge management which need to be supported through adequate designs and t...
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This article describes how for people suffering from aphasia, everyday verbal and bodily interpersonal communication is challenging. To increase aphasics' ability to share memories, an assistive technology (the MemoryBook) was conceptualized based on explicit, observable and tacit knowledge gathered from the practices in which it was to be contextu...
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People with cognitive impairments have limited social abilities, and their social relations often rely on other people people taking initiative. Therefore, they need social learning to be able to socially engage with others. This project accommodates this need by promoting social interactions in a smart learning ecosystem for cognitively impaired a...
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In this paper we investigate the notion of intangible cultural heritage as a driver for smart city learning applications. To this end, we shortly explore the notion of intangible heritage before presenting the tripartite digitization model that was originally developed for indigenous cultural heritage but can equally be applied to the smart city co...
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My ambition for this shorter article is to add to an earlier discussion (see Rodil and Rehm, 2015) about the interplay of digital systems and the digitisation of intangible heritage. In particular, I wish to sketch some conceptualisations of what and how we can look at the digital systems (I refer to these as artefacts) as having certain inscribed...
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Indigenous Knowledge (IK) preservation is at the core of our collaborative efforts with indigenous communities in Namibia. Recognising the local IK holder as a key agent in the process, we co-design technologies that enable IK holders in the rural communities to collect their own IK. An imperative component in the equation is community engagement,...
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It has been shown that the development of social robots for the elder care sector is primarily technology driven and relying on stereotypes about old people. We are focusing instead on the actual social practices that will be targeted by social robots. We provide details of this interdisciplinary approach and highlight its applicability and usefuln...
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The exhibition will demonstrate the technologies that were co-designed with Namibian rural communities with the main objective of preserving Indigenous Knowledge (IK) and Cultural Heritage (CH). Set up as a simulation we showcase how rural communities collect information (images, text, audio, video) about their traditional items or events to be cro...
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This paper discusses the urban cemetery as a site of intangible cultural practices and ubiquitous computing as an approach to enhance heritage sites. The paper introduces an experience assessment tool as a mobile phone application that audio-visually augments a heritage interpretation programme, using a contemporary Danish urban cemetery as case. I...
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Recent developments in information and communication technology have advanced the connectivity of cities, both in terms of scope and efficiency. The connected nature of a city is one of the key characteristics of the concept of a smart city, a modern city whose urban growth is fuelled by technology, infrastructure, and an emphasis on social and edu...
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Oral storytelling predates the written word and computer code by millennia which has been part of all pasts of contemporary communities. While narratives and plots can take place in the metaphysical world, be presented with hum or and seem like fairytales to outsiders with little relevance to the physical world, they are very functional and foundat...
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This paper presents the initial experiences and reflective accounts on the arrival of a European research colleague who recently joined our team of researchers working with Indigenous communities in Namibia. He aims to explore how communities across Namibia take on, understand and create persona artefacts of their own, and whether this may simulate...
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It can be very difficult for designers of any visualization to recognize the assumptions embedded in their perspective when they, like me, grew-up and were educated in a society where visual representations are abundant and visual pedagogies have been refined and taught for many years, even prior to computing. I gained skills in technol-ogy, 3D mod...
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The article begins by presenting an overview of the contents of this journal that relate to the five Intangible Heritage domains identified by UNESCO. A model for digitising Intangible Heritage is presented (Tripartite Digitisation Model) and further explained by surveying and including articles from the Journal. Finally, the article discusses the...
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It has been widely reported that interactions with and expectations of technology differ across cultural contexts. Concepts such as 'usability' have shown to be context- dependent, thus user interfaces intuitive to one group of users appears counter-intuitive to the others. In an attempt to localise a user interface of a tablet based system aimed a...
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Although the wider motivation and principles of Participatory Design (PD) are universal its concepts and techniques are highly contextual. Community-based co-design is a variation of PD, where processes are negotiated within the interaction. Thus this workshop gives participants the opportunity to validate their own conceptualisations, techniques i...
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This paper describes a joint investigation of a Herero wedding ceremony as a sample of cultural content to be digitalized. We have through participatory exploration scrutinized embodied media bias and representation with Herero elders in Namibia. One finding is that this method has enabled the elders to be active agents in the digital portrayal of...
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Designers face a number of challenges in terms of how to design interactive systems with indigenous groups. Every layer of development faces obstacles from designing localized interfaces to facilitating prototype evaluations in the wild. This article argues for the importance of continuous user involvement and participatory design. This is highligh...
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Designing intuitive interfaces for rural African users requires us to understand the users' conceptual model. We acknowledge differences in categorization approaches based on cultural factors, among others. In the absence of comprehensive literature and theories, we explore card sorting as a means to derive a local categorization of interface objec...
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Measuring a learning effect can be difficult task and is not made any easier with all the parameters that can be taken into account. This chapter will provide an insight on what to consider as interesting parameters, when evaluating an interactive learning tool. We introduce a visual approach to enlighten children and teachers. This is done by logg...
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In an attempt to represent local context in a 3D visualisa- tionfor rural elders in Namibia we have foundmajor dierences in thecon- ceptualizationof this context between external and local partners in the co-creation process. Through the evaluation of a mobile context capture tool we found a clear disconnection of community members with both abstra...
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In this paper we explore the opportunities of mobile technologies in three of our own development endeavors with rural communities, promoting the preservation of indigenous knowledge. We reflect upon and recognize the fact that the representation of indigenous knowledge will be transformed within the digitalization process under the limitations and...
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It has become increasingly clear that situated design and contextualized research needs to undergo a validation phase to determine transferability. Within our longitudinal research project in rural Namibia, we have reached a maturity of methods and product. Yet little do we know about their validity beyond the limited context in the absence of cros...
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In this paper we present a context-aware tool designed for mapping and tagging objects and places of importance to rural communities using sensor-enabled mobile devices. These data sets comprise comprehensive models of specific environments which we use for creating interactive visualized knowledge sharing platforms for indigenous knowledge in Sout...
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The article presents in-situ findings of introducing a tablet prototype, with touch interaction and 3D graphical visualizations, to empower knowledgeable village elders in Namibia to locally re-create a 3D graphical context for previously recorded video clips of indigenous practices and narratives. Findings indicate that tablets enable those indige...
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The authors present community drawing as meaningful representations to inform locally valid technology design. They investigate recognition within and across cultural borders, thereby exposing variances of localities. The study contributes to the still scarce body of empirical work on culturally meaningful development of visual representations and...
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Designers, like artists, fuse learned skills with intuition formed over their past experiences to unfold their creativity. Continuous interactions between the designers, their creations, and their informing and receiving environment lead to alignment and harmonisation. However, we observe that displaced designers in an unfamiliar context can no lon...
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This paper presents how to gain insights into children's navigation of an interactive virtual learning environment and how that would benefit their educators. A prototype for logging user information as quantifiable data has been developed and deployed in an in-situ evaluation of the system. The system collects a hidden corpus of data, which is vis...
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One design endeavor we pursue in a long-term research and co-design project is the creation of a D visualization interface for an indigenous knowledge (IK) management system with rural dwellers of Herero ethnicity in Namibia. Evaluations of earlier prototypes and theories on cultural differences in perception led us to further investigate the suita...
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Current views of sustainable development recognize the importance of accepting the Indigenous Knowledge (IK) of rural people. However, there is an increasing technological gap between Elder IK holders and the younger generation and a persistent incompatibility between IK and the values, logics and literacies embedded, and supported by ICT. Here, we...
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Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa suffers from a loss of valuable cultural knowledge, which has been a foundation for the coming generations' survival and cultural self-awareness. By transferring cultural knowledge contexts into 3D visualizations, we prototyped and evaluated a system to bridge the gap between elders and urban youth in Namibia. The findin...

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In particular a book with grounding and case examples. I have looked at this one: http://www.uk.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book228865#tabview=reviews
Any comments for this one is also appreciated.
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a compilation of published works on the protection of ICH with perspectives, which are, critical, humane and still technology-driven. The publications are best categorized as the cross-roads of | ICH | HCI | ICT |. They are all design-driven, in the sense, that design is fulfilling two objectives of what I consider to be essential for a reasonable protection of ICH. 1: design (+ prototype development) is the primary driver for learning about the ability (non-ability) for technology to harness, what is essentially possible to do in terms of protecting and disseminating ICH in a digital future. 2: design is an action and in opposition to Anthropology, which can have a tendency to serve only the observer, these works represent not only academic exercises of knowledge, but well-meant approaches to actually assist in protecting ICH for the future and make it appealing for the youths from the communities where this knowledge is being lost. I am not a technocrat or technical determinist, quite the opposite. But if we are to find meaningful ways for protection we must engage with opportunities from the digital domain - while being critical of its many strengths and weaknesses.
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Indigenous Knowledge Technologies