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Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose & Peter Dalsgaard (Aarhus University)

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 4:00 P.M.
Computer Science and Engineering Building (CSE) 1202 on the UCSD campus

Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose Abstract:

What if software were different?

The concept of applications is ubiquitous and completely taken for granted in modern computing. Software doesn’t have to be synonymous with applications, and there is great potential to be unlocked if we break out of them. In this talk, I will introduce an alternative concept to applications and documents called information substrates. I will present Webstrates, a prototype implementation of information substrates using the web as foundation, and demonstrate a number of its consequences for collaboration and software malleability.

Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose Biography:

Clemens Nylandsted Klokmose is an associate professor in the Department of Digital Design and Information Studies at Aarhus University. Clemens has worked as a postdoc at Computer Science, Aarhus University and at Laboratoire de Recherche en Informatique, Université Paris-Sud. He has furthermore spent a year as a user interface specialist in the software industry. Clemens received his PhD in Computer Science in 2009 from Aarhus University supervised by prof. Susanne Bødker.

Clemens’ main interest is the fundamentals of interactive computing, particularly to support and understanding computing with multiple devices and multiple people. Many of his ideas are crystallised into the Webstrates platform (, which he leads the development of.

Peter Dalsgaard Abstract:

Documenting creative processes

There is much to gain from having access to proper documentation of creative processes, such as design processes. Among other things, it is a way for researchers to generate data that can be subjected to analysis, and for practitioners, it can be a means for capturing, articulating, synthesising, and reflecting upon concepts and approaches. In spite of these potential benefits, we often find that creative processes in practice are haphazardly documented, if at all. To practitioners, it often feels like the process of documentation can run counter to the creative work itself, both in terms of breaking the creative flow and adding a practical and cognitive overhead that detracts from what are perceived to be the core work activities. In this talk, I’ll offer an overview of our research into documenting creative processes, which spans from mapping out the process of design projects in order to better understand the emergence and transformation of ideas to studying how practitioners use digital and analog tools to capture and manage their ideas. I’ll emphasise key findings from across these cases and indicate potential ways to generate better documentation in ways that fit with creative practices.

Peter Dalsgaard Biography:

Peter Dalsgaard is a Full Professor of Interaction Design and Director of the Centre for Digital Creativity at Aarhus University, Denmark. He holds a PhD from Aarhus University, supervised by Prof. Kim Halskov, and has been a research fellow at Eindhoven University of Technology, and the École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l’Information et des Bibliothèques in Lyon. His work examines how we can understand and design digital systems from a humanistic perspective, with a particular focus on exploring the role and nature of digital tools in creative work. He is currently Principal Investigator of three projects in this field: PLACED, CoCreate, and Creative Tools.

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