Ongoing projects

Shared Uses of Intimate Technology


(Vetenskapsrådet, Lampinen & Balaam)
This project examines how emerging intimate technologies within reproductive health come to be shared. The use of these technologies is often studied at an individual level, but we see an urgent need for research to engage with the social context of ‘use’. Our research is geared to understand how people come to share – and experience the sharing of – intimate technologies as well as how interpersonal relationships are entangled with their use.

AI in motion


(Barry Brown, Mathias Broth)
The goal of this project is to understand the new interactional public space of human and AI drivers. We see the emerging problems here as “relentlessly interactional” – in the moment by moment co-ordination of road users reflexively moving together. The project will document how humans change their expectations and behaviours when meeting AI-controlled vehicles, but also how those ongoing interactions in turn affect other road users.

Children and sustainability: Designing digital tools for collaborative survival


(Digital Futures, Helms, Lampinen, Schalk)
This project investigates children and digitalization for more sustainable futures. It draws upon feminist ethics of care and more-than-human theories of collaborative survival to examine new roles of technology in and for multi-species flourishing.

Ethics as Enacted through Movement – Shaping and Being Shaped by Autonomous Systems


(WASP-HS, Höök & Lampinen)
This project concerns how ethics is enacted and shaped in relationship to how autonomous systems are designed, focusing in particular, but not solely, on aerial drones.

Layering Trust in Intimate Digital Health Technologies


(Digital Futures Balaam & Lampinen)
This project will produce a landmark, large-scale qualitative study of Natural Cycles, the first algorithmic contraceptive on the market. We work from the standpoint that health choices, health behaviours, and critically, trust in healthcare service providers are interpersonal and socially constructed. Our research looks beyond the individual user, engaging also with the wider social context of ‘use’ when examining how trust is developed and maintained. Further details available at the project website.

 Advanced Adaptive Intelligent Systems


(KTH Digital Futures, Iolanda Leite, Donald McMillan, Jonas Beskow, Britt Östlund, Joakim Gustafson and Christian Smith)
This project is focused on the development of socially assistive robots in people’s homes, education or health-care settings, as well as robots working alongside workers in small-scale manufacturing environments.

From tracking to hacking sleep


(Karlgren, McMillan, Brown)
This project explores how we can design using sleep tracking for people who live outside norm schedules, in particular through studying goals, perspectives and actions of sleep hacking.

Past projects

Breastmilk Pumping and Workplace: Explicating Care Relationships


(Yadav, Balaam, Lampinen)
This study examines the experiences of working mothers who are lactating and expressing milk at their workplace.

Digital Futures Drone Arena


(Digital Futures, Mottola & Lampinen)
This project develops a novel aerial drone testbed, where drone competitions take place periodically to understand and explore the unfolding relationships between humans and drones. Further details available at the project website.

Economic Encounters for Human–Computer Interaction


(Vetenskapsrådet, Lampinen)
Economic Encounters for Human–Computer Interaction is focused on exchange platforms as an increasingly dominant infrastructural and economic model of the social web. Simply put, exchange platforms are online forums which support the peer-to-peer exchange of labour, resources or goods.



(Vetenskapsrådet, Brown)
The project is conducting multidisciplinary research that provide answers to the following broader research questions: What are the relationships between powerful stakeholders, and how will networks of control influence individuals and users? What new roles do people take when facing questions of security in IoT? What emerging changes in cultural and social behaviours can already be observed? How does the design of IoT devices and their infrastructures affect understandings of security? And lastly, how can technical IoT developments learn from social science work?

Implicit Interaction


(SSF, Brown & Höök)
This project is a joint collaboration between Stockholm University, KTH and RISE. The project is built around developing a new interface paradigm that we call smart implicit interaction.

From Sharing to Caring: Examining Socio-Technical Aspects of the Collaborative Economy


(COST Action, Lampinen)
From Sharing to Caring aims to develop a European network of actors (including scholars, practitioners, communities and policy makers) focusing on the development of collaborative economy models and platforms and on social and technological implications of the collaborative economy through a practice-focused approach.

Algorithmic Systems, Power, and Social Interaction


(Kone Foundation, Lampinen)
Algorithmic Systems, Power, and Social Interaction is a multidisciplinary research project that analyzes algorithmic systems as part of social and societal interaction. We approach algorithmic systems from two perspectives: macro-conceptual analysis evaluates the societal role of algorithmic systems, while micro-level analysis examines everyday interactions between individuals and algorithmic systems.

Designing New Speech Interfaces


(Vetenskapsrådet and STINT, McMillan)
This project is focused around understanding non-system directed audio (such as ordinary conversation and environmental, ambient audio) as well as not only what the user says to the system, but how they say it in order to design new user interfaces with more interesting interactions.

Nordic Perspectives on Algorithmic Systems: Concepts, Methods, and Interventions


(NOS-HS workshop series, Lampinen)
This is a workshop series situated in the emerging area of critical algorithm studies and devised to connect scholars in Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. The workshops are geared to bring a Nordic perspective to the social studies of algorithms and improve conceptual frameworks and methods for addressing problems pertaining the social implications of algorithm systems.