I’m Peter Dalsgaard, Professor of Interaction Design at Aarhus University. I explore the use and design of digital systems from a humanistic perspective. The focal points of my research are collaborative design, creativity, innovation, and tools and spaces that integrate digital and physical aspects in meaningful ways. On the theoretical side of things, I explore how creative processes unfold, and critically examine what role digital tools play in such processes. On the practical side of things, I explore how we can use these insights to develop new interactive systems that support and augment creative work, often in collaboration with external partners in industry and the public sector.
Current projects and activities
- Professor and Fellow at the Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.
- Principal investigator of Digital Tools in Collaborative Creativity (CoCreate), funded by the Velux Foundations.
- Principal investigator of PLACED (Place- and Activity-Centric Digital Library Services), funded by JPI Urban Europe.
- Principal investigator of Creative Tools, funded by the Aarhus University Research Foundation.
- Founder and co-director of the Centre for Digital Creativity at Aarhus University.
- Member of The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters’ Young Academy.
News and updates
- [May 15] Paper accepted for European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics: Biskjaer, M. M., Frich, J., MacDonald Vermeulen, L. Remy, C. & Dalsgaard, P (2019): “How Time Constraints in a Creativity Support Tool Affect the Creative Writing Experience“. Proceedings of European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics 2019. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
- [April 10] Paper accepted for Creativity & Cognition 2019: Frich Pedersen, J., Macdonald Vermeulen, L., Remy, C., Biskjaer, M. M. & Dalsgaard, P. 2019. “Strategies in Creative Professionals’ Use of Digital Tools Across Domains“. Proceedings of Creativity & Cognition 2019. ACM. [Download pre-print version, PDF]
- [March 27, 2019] Our TOCHI special issue on Human-Building Interaction is now available: Alavi, H., Churchill, E., Wiberg, M., Lalanne, D., Dalsgaard, P., Fatah, A. & Rogers, Y. 2019. “ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI): Special Issue on Human-Building Interaction”. ACM. [Direct link to ACM Digital Library]
- [March 27, 2019] As part of the special issue, here is our introduction to Human-Building Interaction: Alavi, H., Churchill, E., Wiberg, M., Lalanne, D., Dalsgaard, P., Fatah, A. & Rogers, Y. 2019. “Introduction to Human-Building Interaction : Interfacing HCI with Architecture and Urban Design“. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI): Special Issue on Human-Building Interaction. ACM. [Download pre-print version, PDF]
- [March 01, 2019] Full paper accepted for CHI 2019: Frich Pedersen, J., Macdonald Vermeulen, L., Remy, C., Biskjaer, M. M. & Dalsgaard, P. 2019. “Mapping the Landscape of Creativity Support Tools in Human-Computer Interaction“. Proceedings of CHI 2019, paper 389. ACM. [Download pre-print version, PDF]
- [March 01, 2019] Late-breaking work paper accepted for CHI 2019: Yoo, D.,Oliveira, N. N. S., Klokmose, C. N., ; Dalsgaard, P., Serholt, S. & Eriksson, E. 2019. “Potentials and Challenges for User-generated Video Content in Public Libraries“. Proceedings of CHI 2019, Extended Abstracts. [Download pre-print version, PDF]
Upcoming talks and travels
- May 4-9: In Glasgow to attend the CHI conference and present our papers Mapping the Landscape of Creativity Support Tools in Human-Computer Interaction and Potentials and Challenges for User-generated Video Content in Public Libraries.
- May 14-17: In Berlin to study idea archives at Studio Olafur Eliasson.
- May 28: Panelist in the Music and Artificial Intelligence Conference at Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies.
- May 20-21: In Oslo to present the PLACED project and prototypes at the ERA-NET Cofund Smart Urban Futures (ENSUF) Midterm Event.
- June 23-29: In San Diego for the conferences Creativity and Cognition and Designing Interactive Systems to present the paper Strategies in Creative Professionals’ Use of Digital Tools Across Domains and the workshop Towards a Research Agenda for Gameful Creativity.
For prospective students
I am currently accepting new Masters and PhD students, particularly in the topics of digital tools in creativity and innovation, participatory design, design processes, and the combination of digital and physical components in Human-Computer Interaction. Please email me at dalsgaard[at]cavi.au.dk, sending a CV and a project outline, if you’re interested in supervision or mentoring, possibly in connection to one of our current projects.