Interaction Design and creativity research

Exploring digital systems from a humanistic perspective

I’m Peter Dalsgaard, Professor of Interaction Design at Aarhus UniversityI explore digital technologies from a human-centered perspective with a focus on how humans use technology to think and create in new ways. In addition to theoretical research contributions, I collaborate with external partners in industry and public organisations to study real-life cases, co-develop new digital tools and systems, and examine the implications of new technologies in practice.  

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Portrait of Peter Dalsgaard, 2024

News and recent publications

[Feb 26]: Recipient of the 2024 EliteForsk award.  

[Feb 25]: Abstract accepted for the 4th International Conference of Possibility Studies: Idea Externalizations across Domains of Professional Creative Practice

[Jan 20]: Full paper accepted for ACM CHI 2024: “From Primary Education to Premium Workforce: Drawing on K-12 Approaches for Developing AI Literacy“.

[Jan 10]: Article accepted: “A Design Space for Event-Centric Displays in Public Libraries“, in Frontiers in Computer Science.

[December 15]: Grant for new project from the Carlsberg Foundation: Ideas in the Making.

[August 10]: New book chapter: Biskjaer, M. M., Dalsgaard, P. & Halskov, K., 2023. “Digital“, in Creativity: A New Vocabulary.

[June 01] Co-director of new research program at Aarhus University: Interaction Design.

[May 10]: Article accepted for Design Studies: Dalsgaard, P., Biskjaer, M. M., Frich, J. “Capturing and revisiting ideas in the design process: A longitudinal technology probe study“.

[May 5]: Late-breaking work accepted for Creativity & Cognition:  Rafner, J. et al. “Picture This: AI-Assisted Image Generation as a Resource for Problem Construction in Creative Problem-Solving.”



Current projects

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Studying the benefits and shortcomings of digital tools used in collaborative creative work.  Read more on the project website.

Managing ideas
Managing Ideas in Creative Work

Examining the role and nature of tools that designers use to capture, manage, and develop ideas, specifically in the domain of design. Read more on the project website.

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Creating a participatory platform for communities to develop, discuss and present best- practice examples of solutions for how to rethink society after the COVID-19 lockdown. Read more on the project website.

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Developing digital services to help libraries transform into vibrant urban innovation hubs by supporting knowledge creation activities among citizens and turning this knowledge into an ever-growing part of the urban community’s shared resources. Read more on the project website

Experimenting, Experiencing, Reflecting

A collaboration between science and art led to examine perception, decision-making, action, notions of togetherness, collaboration, and the transmission of knowledge. Read more on the project website

Human-Centered Information Spaces

Envisioning a future in which the existing world of documents and applications is linked to multiscale personalized information spaces that behave in accordance with the context and history of activity. Read more on the project website

Short bio

Full professor of Interaction Design at Aarhus University.
Founder and co-director of the Centre for Digital Creativity
Currently principal investigator of the projects 
CoCreatePLACEDCreative Tools, and Reinvent
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Aarhus University

For prospective students

I am currently accepting new Masters and PhD students, particularly in the topics of interaction design, digital tools in creativity and innovation, participatory  design, design processes, and the interplay between digital and physical phenomena in Human-Computer Interaction. Please email me at dalsgaard[at], sending a CV and a project outline, if you’re interested in supervision or mentoring, possibly in connection to one of our current projects