Description:
The objective of this PhD course is to provide PhD Candidates with new theories and methods with serious games and gamification. There will be a focus on the conceptual and theoretical foundation, practical implementation, and methodological approaches for user evaluation of serious games and/or gamification. Course participants will be introduced to  in-depth research and foundation of how to make a successful serious game or gamification. An essential focus of the phD course is how to perform and document solid and advanced user evaluations with improved validity and reliability. The course will also provide a theoretical foundation (definitions) and applied (how to measure) overview of concepts of e.g. motivation, flow, engagement, immersion, and gamification within a context of game research and development. 

Teaching methods: 
Lectures with presentation of different methodological overviews (50%). Participant presentations with added theoretical and practical discussions (25%). Workshop where participants will work in groups e.g. using new theories and methods. The groups set-up own theoretical focus (25 %).

Evaluation:  
The evaluation consists of three parts:

1. Participation all days
2. Participation and presentation based on assigned task during the course (in groups).
3. Presentations linked to your current PhD project. The presentation must somehow have a focus within serious games/gamification. The focus can be within empirical data, ethical issues, and theoretical or even more abstract methodological questions. The duration of the presentation must not exceed 10 minutes. There will be 20 minutes for discussion. Your presentation should include a specific question/ problem you would like for discussion/ advice.

Organizer: Thomas Bjørner, Head of Media Innovation & Game Research

Lecturers:
Thomas Bjørner: New Theories and Methods, and how to evaluate serious games. Henrik Schønau Fog: Applied Serious Games. Thomas Bjørner: Serious Games for educational purposes. 

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 21-22 November 2022

Place: Online

Number of seats: 18

Deadline: 1 November 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year.
We look forward to your registrations.


Description:
Building occupants are the end-users of the energy used in buildings. ICT based solutions in buildings can contribute to saving energy and can support the maintenance and operation of buildings. Therefore it can be expected that automated solutions in all energy related processes in buildings will become more prevalent in the future. The application of ICT solutions in buildings requires interdisciplinary knowledge and competences in order to find and design integrated solutions that can be operated in a sustainable way: supporting the occupants needs, dimish environmental impacts from buildings and ease operation and maintenance. Human centred design of ICT/smart solutions requires knowledge about human perception and human building interaction and human-centred design in architecture today requires knowledge on ICT/smart solutions for buildings and their potential. The course brings together students from different study fields and offers them opportunity to broaden their insight in interaction between humans and the built environment. The lecturers are based on latest research and have multi-disciplinary background and address this interdisciplinarity in the lectures on: ICT/big data/automation solutions in buildings: functions, objectives; occupant behaviour in real buildings - outcome from field studies; Experience with ICT solutions from field studies; framework/models for human building interaction; personal control perception in buildings and future approaches for occupant-centric design. In addition to the lectures, the course builds on reading and observation tasks, and comprises interactive workshops and provides sufficient room for discussion and reflection on the course topic in relation to the diverse PhD topics. The course will be offered online.

Organizer: Professor Runa T. Hellwig

Lecturers:
Lecturers from different fields: ICT/big data/automation solutions in buildings: functions, objectives; occupant behaviour in real buildings - outcome from field studies; Experience with ICT solutions from field studies; framework/models for human building interaction; personal control perception in buildings; future approaches for occupant-centric design; interactive workshop based on PhD topics

ECTS: 3.0

Time: Spring semester 2022

Place: Online

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: TBA

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year.
We look forward to your registrations.


Description:
With a background the so-called ‘mobilities turn’ the phd course focuses on the materiality of mobilities, concentrating in particular on affordances, materials, skills, and techniques. This interdisciplinary and operational course is grounded in the current state-of-the art of fields such as more-than-representational theories, STS, ANT, post-phenomenology, material pragmatism, new materialism, and posthuman theories. By focusing specifically on how action possibilities (affordances) are created in design, how technologies are negotiated in practice, and how architecture of mobilities are experienced and engaged, the course examines the material configurations of mobile practices in complex and multidimensional fields both theoretical and operational. Teaching material is rooted in concrete empirical field studies drawing on the course organizers' own research. The course contains lectures, student presentations, and exercises.

Organizer: Ole B. Jensen

Lecturers: Ole B. Jensen and Professor Phillip Vannini (Royal Roads, Canada)

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 5-7 October 2022

Place: TBA

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: 14 September 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year.
We look forward to your registrations.


Description:
The objective of this PhD course is to provide PhD Candidates with new theories and methods within formative evaluations. Several studies evaluates a technology, product, or service during development, often iteratively, in order to make early improvements, or helps to refine or improve a technology. This is a type of evaluations that helps to form the design of the technology, product, or service. It might help in detecting and eliminating early stage problems, as well as answering questions such as which strategy can be used to improve the technology, product, or service. However this comes with many challenges, and this course will provide various theoretical- and specific methodological approaches for how to perform formative user evaluations. The course will have a special focus on how to perfrom formative user evaluations of serious games, gamification, technologies in urban and architectural design, mobility (autonomous driving), and creativity.   

Course participants will be introduced to in-depth research and foundation of how to make a successful formative user evaluations. An essential focus of the PhD course is how to perform and document solid and advanced user evaluations with improved validity and reliability. The course will also provide a theoretical foundation (definitions) and applied (how to measure) overview of concepts of e.g. mixed methods, motivation, flow, engagement, immersion, and gamification within a context of game research and development. 

Teaching methods: 
Lectures with presentation of different methodological overviews (50%). Participant presentations with added theoretical and practical discussions (25%). Workshop where participants will work in groups e.g. using new theories and methods. The groups set-up own theoretical focus (25 %).

Evaluation:   
The evaluation consists of three parts:
1. Participation all three days

2. Participation and presentation based on assigned task during the course (in groups).

3. Presentations linked to your current PhD project. The presentation must somehow have a focus within serious games/gamification. The focus can be within empirical data, ethical issues, and theoretical or even more abstract methodological questions. The duration of the presentation must not exceed 10 minutes. There will be 20 minutes for discussion. Your presentation should include a specific question/ problem you would like for discussion/ advice.

Organizer: Thomas Bjørner, Head of Media Innovation & Game Research

Lecturers:
Thomas Bjørner: Formative User Evaluations. Henrik Schønau Fog: Applied Serious Games. Thomas Bjørner: The importance of pilot testing.  Thorkild Hanghøj: Future perspective on Creativity and Learning

ECTS: 3.0

Time: 29-30 November 2022

Place: TBA

Number of seats: 18

Deadline: 8 November 2022

Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.


Description:
The overall theme of the course is that of future making in participatory processes. The purpose of the course is to provide and generate research-based knowledge about theories and methods on how foresight/futuring can be used to support broader participation across urban and service design processes. Through lectures and workshops, the intention is to explore theoretical and operational frameworks to more collaboratively envision, describe, explain and predict how our cities and related services can and shall develop in the future.

Organizer:
Luca Simeone, Lea Holst Laursen, Sune Klok Gudiksen, Canan Akoglu

Lecturers:
Luca Simeone, Lea Holst Laursen, Paul Coulton (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lica/about/people/paul-coulton), Riel Miller (https://www.ntnu.edu/afino/riel-miller), Naomi Jacobs (https://www.lancaster.ac.uk/lica/about/people/naomi-jacobs

ECTS: 2.0

Time: 29 - 30 August 2022

Place: Copenhagen Campus at Aalborg University, Acm15 (A) 2.1.083

Number of seats: 25

Deadline: 1 August 2022

Cost: the participation is free (lunch and dinner at own expense)   


Important information concerning PhD courses:
We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year.
We look forward to your registrations.


Description:

Robotics and sustainability is a proposed four day course focused on sustainability, soft robotics and movement. The workshop will include lectures, guided ideation sessions and hands-on work. Knowledge of basic programming is required from participants to take part. 

Robotics and sustainability will focus on making soft robots, or robots made from soft  

materials. Soft robotics is an emerging transdisciplinary research field which entangles diverse domains such as: robotics, material science, control, bio-inspiration and biology (Chen et al., 2017) (Schmitt et al., 2018). Unlike traditional robots, soft robots can swim, crawl, change shape and size and might be more suited to work alongside humans, as the impact of their touch may present no harm to a human body. They may perform tasks unsuited for humans, where atmospheric pressures or radiation exceed the human coping capacities. Soft robots also present opportunities for automating manufacturing tasks that have been previously impossible for conventional robots, such as food handling or handling dangerous materials and also have potential for biomedical applications.  

Additionally, due to their relative ease of production, soft robots are well suited for educational settings. However, making soft robots is inherently unsustainable to the point that Hartman et al. (Hartman et al. 2021) suggest that becoming sustainable is the next frontier for soft robotics. 

In continuation of previous work, and recognizing the importance of introducing sustainability as a theme in robotics development and education, in this workshop we will investigate: 

What qualities can we introduce in soft robotics to design the technology for sustainability?  

How can soft robots contribute to sustainable practices across sectors? 

To this end, groups will be introduced to the technology and will be challenged to design their own soft robots integrating sustainability in their design. 

Lecture on the following topics will be offered: 

  • Sustainability and robotics 
  • Soft robotics 
  • Concept design 
  • Robotics, art and movement 
  • Digital fabrication for soft robotics 

We will work with two basic principles of design for sustainability: 

Designing an object to be sustainable by function: i.e. its intended performance should result in resolving a sustainability issue (e.g. environmental degradation, climate change, social inequality issues. The SDGs can be used as a compass). 

Designing an object to be sustainable by structure: i.e. the materials and parts that constitute the body of the robot should be sustainable (e.g. ethically sourced, built for disassembly and re-processable, biodegradable, non-toxic, etc.)

Organizer: Associate Professor Elizabeth Jochum, jochum@hum.aau.dk

Lecturers: Elizabeth Jochum, Anca Horvath, Timothy Merritt, Markus Löchtefeld, Matthias Rehm, Karina Vissanova

ECTS: 3.0

Time: Fall 2022

Place: TBA

Zip code: 


City: 

Number of seats: 15

Deadline: July 2022


Important information concerning PhD courses: We have over some time experienced problems with no-show for both project and general courses. It has now reached a point where we are forced to take action. Therefore, the Doctoral School has decided to introduce a no-show fee of DKK 3.000 for each course where the student does not show up. Cancellations are accepted no later than 2 weeks before start of the course. Registered illness is of course an acceptable reason for not showing up on those days. Furthermore, all courses open for registration approximately four months before start. This can hopefully also provide new students a chance to register for courses during the year. We look forward to your registrations.