Open Lab


Thursdag 4th of May in Entré AIL 10.00-15.00

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Welcome to the Emerging Interaction Technologies kickoff!

Are you interested in emerging IT – like VR, AR and AI – and how they already transform the way we share and interpret information? Do you want to discuss how we at University West could use –  and critically analyse – such technologies in both teaching and research contexts? Join us at the kickoff event on

Thursday May 4th 10.00-15.00 in Entré AIL at University West (UW).

Emerging Interaction Technologies (EIT) is a new university wide multi-disciplinary research and education cluster, focusing on generating and disseminating knowledge about state-of-the-art interactive ICT which likely will have a huge impact on society in both long and short term. Current focus is on Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and Artificial Intelligence (AI). An important platform for the activities is Open Lab ( EIT aims at contributing equally to KAM-AIL and KAM-PT.

Event details

The event is physical-only and the main language is English. It is fully OK to “cherry pick” and attend only some of the sessions of the event if you cannot/do not want to attend the whole day. If you would like lunch, please register beforehand . The morning sessions are open for both students and staff. The afternoon is intended mainly for researchers and teachers.

Questions, ideas? Contact Thomas:

Final workshop discussion themes
  • ChatGPT/Artificial Intelligence and teaching practices
    • Plagiarism – how to deal with written examinations?
    • AI for teaching and research support?
    • Social robots as peer pupils?
  • AI everywhere: what is left for humans in life and work?
    • Generative AI and text: What are the key human skills when even academic writing becomes automated?
    • Autonomous cars, autonomous factories, autonomous supply.
  • VR transforming training, learning and meeting up
    • Likely scenarios for increased virtual co-activities towards a more (social, economic, ecological) sustainable world
    • VR and teaching practices – hindrances and prospects in learning and training scenarios in the workplace such as healthcare, production, and other contexts.
  • AR – When the physical and digital becomes one
    • Manipulative AI + AR: How close do we want to get to AI/AR glasses that literally manipulate how we view the world?  
  • The new ethics in an autonomous world (industry, healthcare, education, municipalities)
    • Who is to blame when things go wrong? Norms, moral and legal aspects.
    • What meaningful human activities (should) remain non-autonomous?
    • Privacy and surveillance: who will monitor human activities?
  • AI/VR/AR for sustainable development and work environment
    • How can AI be designed to create a sustainable and healthy work environment for employees?
    • How can AI be designed to meet local and global demands for lifelong learning?
    • What role does AI/VR/AR play in environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance, e.g., circular economy aspects etc?


10:00 VR/AR/AI technology demos (Welcome to try!)

10:30 Introduction to EIT

10.40 Short presentations of ongoing projects

11.20 Project demos and posters

12.00 Lunch & lunch seminar: Game for Green: Immersion and Diffusion through Digital Nudging. Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen, Assoc. Prof., Roskilde University

13.00 Workshop on Emerging Interaction Technologies (EIT). See tentative topics elsewhere. Moderator: Assistant Prof. Monika Hattinger, UW

14.00 Expert panel discussion on ChatGPT. Panel members: Prof. Amit Kumar Mishra, UW; Senior Lecturer Daniel Sjölie, UW; Assoc. Prof. Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen, Roskilde University; Prof. Dr. Pengcheng Shi, RIT; Qualified analyst Anna-Maria Blomgren, UW; Moderator: Associate Prof. Amir Haj-Bolouri, UW

15.00 End

Panel members

Pengcheng Shi

Dr. Pengcheng Shi has been a full professor in computing and information sciences at RIT since 2009, where he is also the associate dean for research and scholarship of the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences (GCCIS), and the director of the interdisciplinary computing PhD program, a standalone academic unit that consists of 80+ faculty members and 120 doctoral students. Previously, he held faculty and leadership appointments at Yale University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Southern Medical University. The objectives of his research group are to design and develop robust and physiologically meaningful strategies based on integrative system modeling, machine learning and deep learning, and data assimilation, with applications to biomedical imaging and image computing, inverse physiology, cognitive behaviors, and STEM education assessment. He has been supported by more than $8M external research grants, and have published 250+ peer-reviewed scholarly papers. Dr. Shi has been serving on the editorial board (associate editor) of the flagship journal in medical imaging informatics, Medical Image Analysis, for almost two decades.


Daniel Sjölie

Daniel Sjölie is a multidisciplinary researcher and educator who applies insights from computing science, cognitive science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence to guide the design of immersive visualizations and adaptive interaction systems. His perspective on current developments in generative AI combines basic optimism about the potential capabilities of AI (including artificial general intelligence, AGI) with concern about societal impact and familiarity with current tools such as ChatGPT (GPT4), Github Copilot, Stable Diffusion, etc., including their practical usage and limitations.


Anna-Maria Blomgren

PhD. in Political Science 1997, Gothenburg University
Lecturer in Political Science 1997-2008, University West
Head of Department 2003-2008, University West
Head of Administration Uddevalla District Court 2008-2017
Qualified analyst, University West 2017 – ongoing
Deputy Head of Subdivision, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University West

In my present work as an analyst, I find that Chat GTP is a great tool for refining texts and I use it often. I also work on investigating suspected cases of deception in examinations, where we have had two cases of suspected unauthorized use of Chat-GTP so far.


Amit Kumar Mishra

I am a researcher and innovator in the domain of sensors and machine learning. My passion is to use sensors and AI (SensAI) to solve some of the challenges that we face in the current times. I aspire to contribute my little bit in our collective efforts to create a sustainable, greener and more circular world.


Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen

Magnus Rotvit Perlt Hansen is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and is an expert in Design Science Research and designing IT tools for evaluation with extensive experience in serious games and behavioral design. His focus is on promoting sustainable behavioral change, particularly in the context of household power consumption, through the use of digital nudging. Magnus is highly adept at evaluating and facilitating knowledge network groups, agile retrospectives, and other evaluation methodologies. Currently serving as the principal investigator for a 1.5 million Euro project on serious gaming for a green future, Magnus is also engaged in research exploring how ChatGPT can be used to design new tools and improve knowledge products and to solve real-world problems and create positive change.