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Camera as a tool for empowering the creative photographer

If you are interested in photography and digitalization then this is the task for you! This is an exploratory task where we will look at the role the camera has played historically as a tool for empowering the creative photographer. The task will analyze the affordances of the camera, from early days to current modern digital camera, using the lenses of empowerment and creativity. The camera will then be analyzed as part of a photography business value chain. The task will look into how this value chain has evolved into a democratized and commoditized value chain where sharing of photos, rather than taking photos with a camera, is in focus, and how this has affected our cameras, creativity and the aesthetics in our photos. The candidate will use qualitative case study methods, with historic internet data, real cameras, and interviews with photographers as case data.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Collaboration between software vendors and public service providers

Public service providers are the largest consumer of software products in many countries. Procurement and acquisition of software (or any other) products by public sector is regulated by national and European laws to guarantee fair competition. These laws and the framework for competition that they create can be challenging for many smaller companies such as startups. The goal of this task is to study software startups in Norway that try to sell their products to the public sector, e.g. within healthcare, education, productivity etc. The candidates will use interviews, surveys and other research methods to uncover and document how software startups experience collaborating with the public sector.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Digital platforms in the public sector (including NAV and Trondheim municipality)

Many actors in the public sectors have adopted the platform model, or plan to do so. Municipalities and central authorities have a "digital first" ("digitalt førstevalg") strategy that entails digital communication and service delivery in preference to physical channels. Through platform models, institutions such as NAV, Health authorities and municipalities hope that the quality and efficiency of service delivery can be improved. In this task we aim to cooperate with such institutions (more specifically NAV and Trondheim municipality) to understand how digital platform models are used and implemented, and how knowledge of existing research can improve platformization processes. Possible topics here include big data and AI in public sector, use of participatory design methods in platformization processes, studying platform ecosystems and what role public sector has in these ecosystems, insourcing of IT staff.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Digital transformation and software engineering

Software engineering has traditionally been concerned with the process of developing complex software-intensive systems in IT companies and IT departments. Modern software lives in a complex social and organizational context that require new methods and tools for software engineers. This task is an exploratory research task that will look into new strands within the field of software engineering. Relevant topics include software engineering for startups, software engineering in the public sector, software companies and public procurement, multidisciplinary software engineering, human-centred software engineering, and collaboration in software engineering.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Empirical investigation of collective intelligence tools used in the public sector

This is a task connected to an R&D project called COLDIGIT at SINTEF. A researcher from SINTEF will be co-supervisor. The task will require English as working language and the candidates will be working in the context of COLDIGIT.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Implementation and evaluation of digital labor platforms

Digital platforms are a specific type of IT products that have increased in popularity in the recent years. Digital platforms exist everywhere and we spend hours every day engaging with them. They include social media (Instagram, Twitter), on-demand platforms (Uber, AirBnB), public service platforms (NAV.no, HelseNorge.no), e-commerce platforms (Amazon, eBay, Finn) etc. Due to their important roles in our societies, it is important that we conduct research on their impact, governance models, usability, usefulness etc. This task is about studying, understanding and evaluating digital platforms using qualitative research methods,, and potentially creating new design concepts for platform technologies. Subject areas include computer-supported cooperative work, software engineering, and human-computer interaction. Candidates will do initial literature studies, get involved with co-design of technological concepts together with users, develop prototypes, and/or evaluating various solutions (both own concepts but also existing platforms) in the field. Some example projects that students have worked on include the following: Studying trust in online labor platforms such as Uber, studying participatory design in healthcare platform development, studying labor regulations in online platforms such as Foodora and Uber.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Personal data management practices in the public sector

Much of the discussion about personal data and surveillance capitalism has related to private companies such as social media platforms and search engines. However, personal data is not collected only by private companies but also by public organizations. While private companies are driven by the goal of maximizing profit, for public organizations it is less clear what benefit a data-driven strategy has and what the goals of a data-driven strategy should be. Public organizations are driven by public value generation, while most business models based on personal data originate from the private sector. In this tasks the candidate(s) will investigate the research done on public value and its use in digitalization. You will then choose a case from the public sector to investigate empirically. The deliverable will be a research report with recommendations for a data-driven public value-driven digitalization.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Software engineering education

Teaching future software engineers is a central task for NTNU and IDI. We wish to improve our courses based on latest research within higher education. The focus is on our project-based courses such as TDT4140. Candidates who choose this task will do studies among students at IDI and other universities, and will design and/or evaluate new computer-supporting learning techniques and tools. This year's projects will focus on the impact of the Corona pandemic on teaching, and what lessons can be learned.

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink

Technologies for digital empowerment and digital coping

This task is about developing and evaluating technological concepts to support user self-management and empowerment. The main goal is to design and evaluate technological concepts that can help individuals cope with challenges in their lives and their interactions with services in the digital sphere. Domains that can be interesting include healthcare (e.g. coping with chronic diseases, improving mental health, coping with dementia, working as a caregiver), information and knowledge management (e.g. combating fake news, managing attention, hacking life), evaluation of public and private digitalized services (e.g. evaluating municipal services, hospital services, participating in sharing platforms). Theoretical areas include empowerment, behavior change, persuasive computing, human-computer interaction, end-user programming, wearable computing. Candidates will do initial literature studies, get involved with co-design of technological concepts together with users, develop prototypes, and/or evaluating solutions in the field (own developed solutions or existing ones).

Faglærer: Babak A. Farshchian     Status: Valgbart     Egnet for: Gruppe     Lenke: plink
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