Department of Information Technology

Current projects


An advanced dynamic situation presentation device, the "Visioscope (TM)" is hosted in a interactive group environment, the "Visionarium (TM)".


A questionnaire to assess IT systems usability as a factor dependent on efficiency, effectiveness and work environment.

Ethics in IT

IT and Ethics is a project studying ethics in the development and use of IT systems. Focus is on the construction of ethical decision support systems and ethical microworlds.


ETHical COMPetence for decision makers and organizations is a project studying personal and organizational ethical competence. We use new technology to support ethical competence in problem solving and decision making by the construction of assessment instruments, training programs and evaluation techniques.

FTTS - Future Train Traffic Control

Future Train Traffic Control. Research about tomorrow´s systems for efficient and safe train traffic control and a good work environment. We have developed prototype systems including e.g. new control principles, work organization, user interfaces and decision support. A simulator based test workplace is used for tests and evaluation.


IVAN. Information systems in health care - usability and benefits.

Satsa Friskt

Together with several Swedish authorities we are studying work environment problems in future IT-supported work situations. By implementing improved development models, we will together develop future organisations and support systems characterised by efficiency, usability and a good work environment.


The objective is to be able to simulate actual railway lines built from databases describing curvature, gradients, stations, turnouts, signals etc. For incorporation surrounding landscape video cameras will be used as well as geographical databases.


The work follow-up the results from the VIHO-project by a verifying vision seminar series with home health care personnel including additional professional roles.


The Virtual Reality Toolkit (VRT) is a graphics library for 3D modeling and simulation with network distribution. Programs written for VRT compiles without modificatoins on both Windows and Linux.

Gender and IT in education and work

This project will explore how men and women (students and IT professionals) construct gender and computing in their daily work/student life. The background for the study is the persistence of the under-representation of women in computer science and IT. Information about the project is available on Inger Boivie's homepage.

Work environment in IT supported work

In many of our projects this is an important issue. More here


Patterns of usage among advanced Internet users.

Virtual Professional Cooperations

The project studies the implementation of a steering document through web based modules, used as a leader strategy in the City of Stockholm.

Completed projects


The VIHO-project will show how work practice and use of information technology can be evolved together. We aim to support a development of the future health care work in municipalities through gathering of requirements and needs in local work groups, very close to today's local health care work.


The ADA-project, completed in 1996, had as a goal to develop a method for usability investigations to be used by occupational health specialists.


The objective of Teleradiology is the transmission of radiological images between different sites for the purpose of interpretation and consultation. The Chili system is a teleradiology system concerned with image sharing over ISDN lines.


Human-machine interaction and safety aspects when controlling fast ships (High Speed Craft). We see a rapid development of HSC-techniques. To support safe and efficient traffic, new techniques for information presentation and control are required.


We aim at the cross-media broadcasting of sports events featuring interactive advertising and sports-related games over digital television and next generation mobile networks infrastructures. An end-to-end solution for the authoring and delivery of this new media content in real-time will be designed, developed and evaluated.


We are participating in several projects within the Swedish National Tax Board (RSV) with the purpose of increasing the usability of computer support in their case handling work activities and enhancing the methodological aids for the development of the computer support.


The objective of the project has been to develop a new simulator system that can contribute to improved methods for train traffic planning and operation and to create an experimental environment for development of new control support systems and operator user interfaces.


Traffic safety and information environment for train drivers. The project investigates traffic safety related risks, focusing in particular on the train driver work situation, use of information but also on the supporting safety organisation.

TTC (see FTTS above)

When new train-traffic control systems are being developed, this must be based on detailed knowledge about how skilled operators behave and perform when controlling the train-traffic process. The interface to the traffic control systems must support safety, high efficiency and a good work environment. The main goal of this project is to create a knowledge base for development of future operator interfaces and to build prototypes of such interfaces.

UCD and Usability

Over the last couple of years we have run a number of subsequent projects related to usability and the user-centred design process. The objective has been and is to identify and validate models, techniques and methods for integrating usability activities and a user-centred focus in software development models. We particularly try to address commercial software development models, such as Rational Unified Process (RUP) or Agile approaches, such as Extreme programming (XP).


The VASE project is a framework for modular development of diverse networked virtual environments. The framework is configured from an XML document describing which components that should be loaded and their initial state. The main idea is to make it easy to develop new plug-ins and integrate them in the VE and to enable the reuse of plug-ins developed by other parts. The framework is currently used to create a virtual classroom and a number of plug-ins has been created for this purpose.


The VERKA-project, 2000-2002, a research co-operation between HCI, Uppsala University, the Swedish National Tax Board and the Swedish Social Insurance Administration, studied how problems related to usability and work environment are considered when IT-support systems are developed and deployed in an organisation.


The overall goal is to develop affordable medical decision support systems that are available on the Internet. A sub-goal of our work is to develop an intelligent system which will be capable of providing aid in clinical decision making. The system's advice will be based upon modern Artificial Intelligence techniques as well as validated large medical databases.


The aim of the project is to gather information and experiences about user centred system design in practice and to define where in the process the problems occur and, if possible, analyse why these problems do arise.

Updated  2011-03-04 14:35:41 by Bengt Sandblad.