Research Projects, Centres and Programmes Connected to HTO


System development methods for a better digital work environment (the STRIA project). Critical IT systems in health and medical care cause both physical and psychosocial work environment problems, but this is rarely taken into account when developing computer systems.

Åsa Cajander and Marta Larusdottir will study the digital work environment in healthcare and further develop three methods for system development.

The project is funded by AFA Insurances and runs 2019-2022.

Agile & UCD Project

The Agile & UCD project has been ongoing since 2008. In the project we have studied the integration of user-centred design in agile software development from different angles. It aims at understanding how IT professionals working in agile projects include the user perspective in their development. Futhermore, we want to guide the IT professionals in how the focus on users can be extended in agile project. The Agile & UCD project has resulted in numerous journal papers, conferences papers and book chapters. Additionally we have held two workshops, at NordiCHI 2014 and NordiCHI 2016 bringing together researchers and IT professionals.

The Agile & UCD is a collaborative project including Dr. Åsa Cajander, Uppsala University, Thomas Lind and Gerolf Nauwerck, PhD students at Uppsala University, Dr. Marta Larusdottir, Reykjavik University, Dr. Jan Gulliksen at KTH, Dr. Effie Law at Leicester University, UK, Dr. Gillbert Cockton at Northumbria University, UK, Dr. Amanda Jane Gregory and Kati Kuusinen, at the University of Central Lancashire, UK and Dr. Dina Shalah, Sadat Academy, Egypt.

The Mumin project – Impaired Children and Creative Music

The acronym MUMIN stands for “Maximalt Uttryck – Minimalt INput” (swedish: Maximum Output – Minimum INput”. It aims at creating facilitating instruments that allow the severely impaired children actively create music. In this project we use electronic music controllers and synthesizers that are selected to conform to the abilities of the children. Among the non-standard but commercially available instruments used in the project are Theremini, Eigenharp, Linnstrument. Within the project we also develop new controllers that are adapted to the children. Lars Oestreicher works in this project.

DISA – The Effects of Digitalisation on the Work Environment of Nurses)

The functioning or malfunctioning of the ICT tools of health personnel has a direct influence both on the quality of care and the quality of the personnel’s working environment on short and long term. However, the consequences of digitalization in the health sector is a neglected research area, and, in particular, a gender perspective is missing. The aim of the project is to contribute to this research area with different theoretical perspectives and to create a framework for decision support when new ICT solutions are to be implemented in healthcare, in particular to facilitate nurses’ work.

The project will run from 2016 to 2019.

DOME – Deployment of Online Medical Records and other Ehealth Services Consortium

The purpose of the DOME consortium is to build knowledge about the implementation and use of eHealth services and is based on studies of e-health projects. We do research in cooperation with the parties involved in the establishment of Online Patient Records in Sweden.

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

The DOME consortium started as a project funded by VINNOVA in 2012.

DIVE – Digital work environment and Ehealth

This is an action research project where we collaborate with Region Uppsala

The DIVE programme started in 2015 and contains several areas of collaboration such as evaluation of the implementation of a new surgical planning system, the design of future support systems in health care and the collaboration through the IT in Society course unit at Uppsala University.

Åsa Cajander is project leader of DIVE, and Gerolf Nauwerck from the HTO group works in the project.

SISU – Student Information System for Universities

The New Ladok student information system is probably the most important information system for higher education in Sweden. The system is currently being designed and gradually rolled out in parallel and will have a significant impact on the work practices of Swedish universities. We are working closely with the local implementation project at one of Sweden’s larger universities, to provide support for best practices as well as to study the dynamics of a large scale system implementation.

Bengt Sandblad, Åsa Cajander, Thomas Lind and Gerolf Nauwerck are working in this project that started in 2014.

EBA – Envisioning Business Administration

The EBA project is a collaboration with the financial administration and procurement division at one of the larger universities in Sweden. In this project we do action research related to the following areas: usability mentoring about working in different roles with the aspect of digital work environments in mind; vision seminars about the future for business administrative work with a special focus on communication, development of competencies and deployment of IT; as well as education and the introduction of new IT systems.

TIGER – The Digital Work Environment Project

Work becomes increasingly digitized, and the digital work environment is constantly changing through new IT systems. The digital work environment refers to the problems and possibilities of both physical, psychosocial and cognitive nature which results from the work tools being digitized. The digitization of the work can increase stress and cause stress related problems due to shortcomings in the technical systems functionality. Some of the problems relate to non-adequate introduction of new systems, information overload, perceived powerlessness and an increased workload. This is especially true for administrative tasks and other situations where a number of IT systems are needed but are poorly coordinated to work together.

Bengt Sandblad, Åsa Cajander, Thomas Lind and Gerolf Nauwerck work in this project. Currently we have discussions regarding making a course book in the area and also collaborate with companies in improving the digital work environment.

The Marconi Project (motivation, attitude, learning and competencies)

Within the Marconi project we do research in the area of computer science education with a special focus on motivation, attitude, learning and competence of students. The project is named after Marconi who was interested in the radio as a way of communicating and not just from a science perspective. He was thinking outside the box, and was interested in the use of technology and not only technology itself.

In this project Åsa Cajander, Diane Golay and Thomas Lind from HTO collaborate with many reserachers from UpCERG and globally. There are a large number of publications written and more to come.

NordWit- Beyond the Gender Paradox: Women’s careers in technology-driven research and innovation inside and outside of academia 

The objective of NordWit is to investigate and enhance women’s career opportunities and trajectories in technology-driven research and innovation cross-sectorally in public and private sectors, and in civil society. The goal is to improve the gender balance in the research and innovation fields in the new t-driven economies. The HTO group will participate and lead research in the area of eHealth research, innovation and implementation as a cross-disciplinary field.

This centre of excellence will be run for five years starting in 2017 with funding from NordForsk, and Åsa Cajander will participate in the work.