New research project to understand how IT rules our working lives – University of Copenhagen

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21 October 2013

New research project to understand how IT rules our working lives

IT systems have come to regulate all aspects of our working lives through online calendars, project management and control systems. A new cross-disciplinary research project at the Centre for Communication and Computing has set out to study how the systems structure the way we work together, and the researchers will develop models and theories of IT coordinated behaviour, which can make future systems better suited for human interaction in work places.

Professor Jørgen P. Bansler

Professor Jørgen P. Bansler

- When you consider the enormous economic and social importance IT systems have in our everyday lives, it is surprising that researchers have not studied how they regulate our behaviour, says Professor of Computer Science Jørgen P. Bansler, who is also head of the cross-disciplinary Centre for Communication and Computing at University of Copenhagen.

Together with colleagues from the centre and experts from the IT University and Copenhagen Business School, Professor Bansler has received a generous € 800,000 grant from the VELUX Foundation for the research project Computational Artifacts, which will study how IT systems support coordination and collaboration, and how they are integrated into companies' work practices.

- Computer scientists, sociologists, and communication experts have studied computer software from their own unique research perspectives, but here at the Centre for Communication and Computing we can draw on all three research traditions at the same time; this gives us the opportunity to get a collective grasp of the systems' internal make-up, human behaviour when using the systems as well as the communication the systems generate, Professor Bansler explains.

The researchers will develop models describing the way in which the systems organise our working lives and thus pave the way for designing new and better software that takes as its point of departure human interaction and collaboration, particularly in professional contexts.