Mobile Life: A research overview

  • Posted on: 14 March 2017
  • By: Lan Chunyuan
Monday, March 13, 2017
Barry Brown(Professor),Stockholm University, Sweden
Or the last ten years, Mobile Life–a Stockholm based research centre–has brought together designers, computer scientists and social scientists to develop the latest in mobile and ubiquitous technology. Funded by industry (including Microsoft, IKEA, Nokia & ABB), academia and the city of Stockholm since 2007, the centre has published over one thousand academic papers, winning best paper awards at all major Human–Computer Interaction conferences, growing three spinout companies, as well as serving as the launch point for the career of numerous PhD students and researchers. As the 10 year life of the centre draws to a close, Professor Barry Brown (University of Stockholm) will present some of Mobile Life’s best and most recognised research. He will discuss his own work and that of the other directors of the centre - Professors Kristina Höök, Annika Waern, Oskar Juhlin, Lars Erik Holmquist. The talk spans Mobile Life work in design science, specific prototype systems, as well as the social sciences. In brief, the centre has focused on enjoyment and non-work applications of technology. It has covered topics such as wearables for relaxation, how technology can connect us better with nature, the role of fashion in technology and how, with systems like Uber, mobile phones play a changing role in our lives. Closing discussion will contemplate some of the future directions of Mobile Life researchers – in particular, an interest in designing for implicit interaction.

Barry Brown is a Professor at Stockholm University, and research director at Mobile Life. He was previously an associate professor at the University of California, a research fellow at the University of Glasgow and a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard’s research labs in Bristol. His recent work has focused on the sociology and design of leisure technologies - computer systems for leisure and pleasure. Recent publications span top forums in both social and technology fields, and include studies of activities as diverse as games, tourism, museum visiting, the use of maps, television watching and sport spectating. He has a book forthcoming with MIT press titled "enjoying machines", and he has edited books on music consumption and mobile phone use. His qualifications include a degree in computer science from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Surrey.