The University of Gothenburg is a non profit Academic Research Body and has approximately 39,000 students and 5,000 employees. It is one of the major universities in Northern Europe. It is also one of the most popular Universities in Sweden with the highest number of applicants to their many programmes and courses.

The University’s roughly 40 different Departments cover most scientific disciplines, making it one of Sweden’s broadest and most wide-ranging Higher Education Institutions. In an international perspective, the University of Gothenburg is unusually comprehensive, with cutting-edge research in a number of dynamic research areas, such as Interaction Design and research on learning (e.g. The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)). Cooperation with Chalmers University of Technology, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, society at large and trade and industry has been consistently strengthened and intensified over recent years, as have international contacts and collaborative projects with partners abroad.

The Department of Applied IT offers education and carries out research within the areas informatics, interaction design, learning, communication, cognitive science and visualization in close collaboration with industry and public sector. Development of the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle different aspects of IT, interaction between people and interaction between people and technology are at focus.

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Dr Wolmet Barendregt | Associate Professor
Wolmet is a researcher at the Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD in industrial design and has worked in several interdisciplinary research projects around ICT for children, e.g. educational games and robots. She currently focuses on Child-Computer Interaction as a member of the Touch AT! project on the development of touch-based tools for social and emotional training in special education and of the START-project on the design of a robot as tutee to help children reason about mathematics.

 

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Dr Ylva Hård af Segerstad | Associate Professor
Ylva is a researcher at the Department of Applied Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. She holds a PhD in general linguistics and is associate professor in Applied Information Technology. With a background research interest largely focusing on aspects of text-based interaction in digital communication technologies, her current research is focusing on the role and use of mobile communication technologies and social media. Ylva’s research is underpinned by a keen interest in developing methods for data collection, analysis and visualization as well as ethical aspects of doing research on digital communication technologies.

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Leona Bunting | English Teacher / PhD Student
Leona is a practicing English teacher as well as a PhD student. She will defend her PhD thesis in Applied IT with a focus on Education Science and Teacher Research from the University of Gothenburg in 2017. She is part of The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS). Bunting’s research interests concern the use of information and communication technology in children’s learning of English as a second language. She has co-authored eight journal and conference research papers in the field of Education.