About me

Education

2013         Associate Professor (docent) of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

2009         PhD degree in Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

2008          Dissertation defense, doctoral thesis: Online Communities and Learning for Health – The Use of Online Health Communities and Online Expertise for People with Established Bad Habits, DSV, Stockholm University

2003          PhLic degree in Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

1995           Bachelor degree in Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

Work

2012-now     Member of the Faculty Workgroup for PhD education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University

2010-now      Senior Lecturer (universitetslektor) at the Dep. of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

1994-now     Teaching, supervision and research at DSV in the areas of IT for Health, systems theory and IT-management

2017           Tf chair of the Faculty Workgroup for PhD education, Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University (from February 2017)

2015-17        Deputy Head of the Dep. of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University (from January 1, 2015 until July 31, 2017)

2014              Head of the Information Systems (IS) unit at the Dep. of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University (April 1 – December 31, 2014)

2011-14       Assistant Head of the Dep. of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University

2010-14        Director of PhD studies, DSV, Stockholm University (until March 31, 2014)

2004-11        Director of KTH courses (bachelor and master level) given by DSV

1994-99        Teaching systems theory and process design, as well as supervision of theses, at the commission program in IT-management for the Swedish Post, DSV

Current Teaching

SYSTOIT  Systems Theory, Organizations & IT, 7.5 hp, DSV (course director), from Spring 2017

MAISY Managing Systems for Organizations, People and IT, 7.5 hp (course director) – the course is replacing ITM1  Spring 2015-2016

ITM1/IV2035 Organisation, IT-system och Management, 7.5 hp, DSV (course director) – the course replaced by MAISY in 2015

SYST/IV2034 Systems Theory and IT, 7.5 hp, DSV (lecturer)

LUSP Leadership from a System Science Perspective, 7.5 hp, DSV (lecturer, 2013)

WEBMIN/IV2038 Web Mining inom data- och systemvetenskap, 7.5 hp, DSV (guest lecturer, 2012)

KM/IV2015 Knowledge Management, 7.5 hp, DSV (guest lecturer, 2011)

+ Supervision and review of master and bachelor theses related to eHealth

Research

Research areas over the years: community informatics, health informatics, working and learning in combination, ICT-tools for different learning approaches, learning processes, online communities and online health communities.

In late 2009, a web based stress management project took off at the department. It is an interdisciplinary research project with participants from both the area of computer and systems sciences/DSV and medicine/health. It is led by me in close cooperation with physiotherapist, Med. Dr, Associate Professor Hélène Sandmark, affiliated researcher at DSV (prev. at Mälardalen University). The project has also been greatly supported by Prof. Jacob Palme, DSV and Gunnar Wettergren, DSV. The project aims at taking existing knowledge of stress and stress management and integrate it with knowledge of e-health communities, computer-mediated communication and collaborative learning online. The project presents its ideas regarding concept and web based design in some academic papers published in 2010-now (see publications below). A prototype of the web based stress management system has been introduced. We have also proposed extension of the web based system; prototypes of two mobile apps have been developed – one app to let users access the functions in the web based system more easily and the other to complement the system with a self-reflection tool.

Since 2017 DSV participates in the EU/Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action research project called RISEWISE with a specific concern to explore how to support women with disabilities. Together with Associate Professor Sirkku Männikkö-Barbutiu and PhD Thomas Westin, we focus on accessibility and use of ICT for women with disabilities, with the aim to help them become more included in society and increase their quality of life.

I am a program committee member of the IARIA conferences ICDS and eTelemedicine, a member of the IARIA fellowship program and of the Editorial Boards of Int. J. on Advances in Internet Technology and Int. J. on Advances in Life Sciences, IARIA journals. I am also a program committee member of the Int. conference FedCSIS, the Int. conference on Health Informatics/Biostec (HEALTHINF), the IADIS Int. conference on e-Health, the Int. conference on ICT4 Ageing Well and e-Health (ICT4AWE) and, previously, ChileCHI. I am also engaged as author, editor and reviewer of IGI Global publications, e.g., a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Int. J. of Reliable and Quality E-Healthcare (IJRQEH).

I supervise PhD students (since 2013 also as principal advisor). I also act as a member of dissertation grading committees – so far for the following theses:

  • PhD thesis “Tools for Designing Mobile Interaction with the Physical Environment in Outdoor Lessons” by Johan Eliasson at DSV (2013),
  • D.Tech thesis “Supporting Loose Forms of Collaboration – Using Linked Data to Realize an Architecture for Collective Knowledge Construction” by Hannes Ebner at KTH (2014),
  • PhD thesis “Do-It-Yourself Learning in Kenya: Exploring mobile technologies for merging non-formal and informal learning” by William Jobe at DSV (2014),
  • PhD thesis “Human Rights Learning: The Significance of Narratives, Relationality and Uniqueness” by Rebecca Adami at Dep of Education, SU (2014) – as a suppleant,
  • PhD thesis “Designing Online Courses for Individual and Collaborative Learning – A Study of a Virtual Learning Environment based in SriLanka” by Thushani Weerasinghe at DSV (2015),
  • PhD thesis “The Non-Player Character: Exploring the Believability of NPC Presentation and Behavior” by Henrik Warpefelt at DSV (2016),
  • PhD thesis “Modeling Organizational Dynamics: Distributions, Networks, Sequences and Mechanisms” by Hernan Mondani at Dep of Sociology, SU (2017) – as a suppleant

Other academic assignments:

  • As a chair person of the dissertation defence act for PhD thesis “The Usefulness of ICT Support Systems for Thesis Courses – Learners’ Perspectives at Bachelor and Master Level” by Nam Aghaee at DSV (2015).
  • As a reviewer of the PhD thesis “Design and evaluation of mobile learning tools to facilitate guided-informal learning in the domain of agriculture” by D.M.U.I. Dissanayake, University of Colombo School of Computing, Sri Lanka (2016),
  • As a reviewer at the half-time seminar of PhD student Asreen Rostami, DSV: “Interweaving Technology into Mixed-Reality Performance” (2017)

Publications

Å. Smedberg, H. Sandmark and A. Manth,  Online Stress Management for Self- and Group-Reflections on Stress Patterns. In: Fred A., Gamboa H. (eds) Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies. BIOSTEC 2016. Communications in Computer and Information Science, vol 690. Springer, Cham, 2017.

S. Bathallath, Å. Smedberg and H. Kjellin, Impediments to Effective Management of Project Interdependencies: A Study of IT/IS Project Portfolios. Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations (JECO), 15(2), 16-30, 2017.

S. Bathallath, Å. Smedberg and H. Kjellin, Project interdependency management in IT/IS project portfolios: from a systems perspective, Procedia Computer Science, 2016.

S. Bathallath, Å. Smedberg and H. Kjellin, Investigating the sources of difficulties in managing project interdependencies: a study of IT/IS project portfolios, in proceedings of the 9th IADIS International Conference on Information Systems, 2016.

J. Snygg, Å. Smedberg and G. Juell-Skielse, Problem management of business-critical systems in literature: a review and viable systems analysis, International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management (IJBCRM), Vol. 6, No. 3, Inderscience Publisher, 2016.

Å. Smedberg, H. Sandmark and A. Manth, Online Stress Management: Design for Reflections and Social Support. In proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Health Informatics, Healthinf 2016.

N. Aghaee, W. Jobe, T. Karunaratne, Å. Smedberg, H. Hansson and M. Tedre, Interaction Gaps in PhD Education and ICT as a Way Forward: Results from a Study in Sweden.  International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, vol. 17:3, 2016.

S. Bathallath, Å. Smedberg and H. Kjellin, Managing project interdependencies in IT/IS project portfolios: a review of managerial issues, International Journal of Information Systems and Project Management, vol. 4:1, pp. 67-82, 2016.

N. Aghaee, T. Karunaratne, Å. Smedberg and W. Jobe, Communication and Collaboration Gaps among PhD Students and ICT as a Way Forward: Results from a Study in Sweden. 2015.

M. Hettinga, Å. Smedberg, L. Van Gemert-Pijnen, K. Dyb and A. Granstrøm Ekeland (eds.), eTELEMED 2015, The Seventh International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine. International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2015.

Å. Smedberg and P. Giacomelli, Managing Self-Management in Healthcare: from a Systemic Perspective. 2015.

N. Aghaee, T. Karunaratne, Å. Smedberg and W. Jobe, ICT for Communication and Collaborative Learning among PhD peers: Results of the Needs and Desires from a PhD Survey. pp. 33-40, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University, 2014.

S. Han, G. Juell-Skielse, Å. Smedberg, P. Aasi and A. Nilsson, The Benefits of Mobile Reporting Systems in Social Home Care: The Case of Swedish Municipalities. In International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, Cambridge University Press, 2014.

L. Van Gemert-Pijnen, M. Hettinga and Å. Smedberg (eds.), eTELEMED 2014, The Sixth International Conference on eHealth, Telemedicine, and Social Medicine. pp. 307, International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2014.

P. Giacomelli and Å. Smedberg, The Eve of 3D Printing in Telemedicine: State of the Art and Future Challenges. International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2014.

H. Sandmark and Å. Smedberg, Stress at work. Developing a stress management program in a web-based setting. pp. 125-128, International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA), 2013.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Design of a Mobile Phone App Prototype for Reflections on Perceived Stress. pp. 243-248, IARIA, 2012.

Å. Smedberg (ed.), E-Health Communities and Online Self-Help Groups. pp. 330, IGI Global, 2012.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Dynamic Stress Management. pp. 136-154, IGI Global, 2012.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Web-Based Stress Management System Goes Mobile. 2011.

Å. Smedberg, Keynote speech: Web-based Health Communities for Self-help Groups. 2011.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Stress intervention online. pp. 120-125, IARIA, 2011.

Å. Smedberg, E-Health Communities for Learning Healthy Habits. pp. 204-219, IGI Global, 2011.

Å. Smedberg, Web Communities for Preventive Health Care. pp. 153-158, IEEE Computer Society, 2010.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Multiple Help Online. pp. 151-158, IADIS Press, 2010.

Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Stress Management 2.0 – A Holistic Approach to Self-management Online. International Institute of Informatics and Systemics (IIIS), 2010.

Å. Smedberg, Web Communities for Preventive Health Care – Experienced Usability and Health Impact among Smokers and Overweight People. pp. 153-158, 2010.

Å. Smedberg, The Use of an Online Health Community on Overweight: A Member Perspective. pp. 51-58, 2009.

Å. Smedberg, To Design Holistic Health Service Systems on the Internet. In International Journal of Biological and Life Sciences, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 93-99, World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (Waset), 2008.

Å. Smedberg, Dialog för lärande – en studie av nätbaserade hälsogemenskaper. In Nät och bildning – en tidskrift för folkbildningens flexibla lärande, No. Nr 9, 2008.

Å. Smedberg, Online Health-Communities on Bad Habits for Preventive Care. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.

Å. Smedberg, Online Communities and Learning for Health – The Use of Online Health Communities and Online Expertise for People with Established Bad Habits. 2008.

Å. Smedberg, Enabling Cross-Usage of Public Health Systems – A Holistic Approach to Ask the Expert Systems and Online Communities. IEEE Computer Society Press, 2008.

Å. Smedberg, Learning conversations for people with established bad habits: a study of four health-communities. In Int. J. Healthcare Technology and Management, 9(2), pp. 143-154, Inderscience Publishers, 2008.

Å. Smedberg, How to Combine the Online Community with Ask the Expert System in a Health Care Site. IEEE Computer Society Press, 2007.

Å. Smedberg, To design holistic health service systems on the Internet. Vol. 25, pp. 311-317, 2007.

Å. Smedberg, Weight Control and Conversations in an Online Health-Community on Overweight. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2007, 2006.

Å. Smedberg, Response Acts in Conversations for Learning – A Study of an Online Community on Overweight. pp. 2645-2649, 2006.

Å. Smedberg, Communication on Learning Obstacles, Setbacks and Incentives in a Virtual Health-community on Overweight. 2005.

Å. Smedberg, Double-loop Learning Conversations in an Online Community on Overweight. 2005.

Å. Smedberg, Learning through online communities: a study of health-care sites in Europe. pp. 1333-1339, 2004.

Å. Smedberg, Learning Loops in an Online Health-Community on Overweight. pp. 2425-2430, 2004.