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
2022-now Director of PhD studies at the Dep. of Computer and Systems Sciences, DSV, Stockholm University
2022-now Member of Reference group for the IT-system for digital individual study plans in the third cycle program, the Human Science Academic Area, Stockholm University
2018-now Member of the Equality Workgroup at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stockholm University
2012-now Member of the Workgroup for PhD education at the 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 work at DSV in the areas of IT for Health, systems theory and IT-management
2020-21 Reviewer/member of the Quality Review Group for education in the Human Science Area at SU (June-Autumn 2020 & 2021)
2018-21 Member of the Workgroup for implementation of digital individual study plans (ISPs) in the third cycle program at the university, the Human Science Academic Area, Stockholm University
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
SYSTOIT Systems Theory, Organizations & IT, 7.5 hp, DSV (course director), from Spring 2017
YRPRA Yrkesförberedande praktik inom data- och systemvetenskap, 15 hp (course director), from Spring 2022
IDIM Inkluderande design av interaktiva miljöer, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), from Spring 2019
Supervision and review of master and bachelor theses related to eHealth
EGOV Open e-governance and e-democracy, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), from Autumn 2018
Supervision and review of master and bachelor theses related to eHealth
*Previous course involvement*
ML455C Dimensions of ICT for Development, 15 hp, DSV (examiner of eHealth), Autumn 2017
ITO IT i organisationer, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), Autumn 2018 – 2021
KRAV Kravhantering av IT-system, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), Autumn 2017 – 2021
IB940B Praktisk projektledning, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), Autumn 2017 -2021
REQ Advanced Requirements Engineering of IT-systems, 7.5 hp, DSV (teacher), Autumn 2017 – 2019
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
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)
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, Ramazzini Research (prev. affiliated at DSV and Mälardalen University). The project has also been greatly supported by Prof. Jacob Palme 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.
2017-2020 DSV participated 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 focused on accessibility and use of ICT for women with disabilities, with the aim to help them become more included in society and increase their health and quality of life. During 2018, we participated in the Vinnova Challenge-driven innovation project called Criteria for cognitive accessibility of digital interfaces (the first stage in the process) led by Funka, a Swedish organization in the field of accessibility. Our role was primarily to ensure that the work to produce accessibility criteria adhered to sound methods.
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 associate editor and reviewer for the AIS conference ECIS 2018. In 2021, I am a reviewer for the Springer journal Electronic Markets. 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. So far, the following PhD student has passed the dissertation defense/graduated:
Egui Zhu at the Dep of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet: “Bridging Theory and Practice: Learning Design for AR-based Continuing Professional Development in a Primary Care Setting” (2018)
I am also engaged 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
- PhD thesis “Distributed Intelligence-Assisted Autonomic Context-Information Management” by Hasibur Rahman at DSV (2018)
- PhD thesis “Exploring the impact of virtual patient design: medical students’ small group learning around medical error” by Luke Woodham at Karolinska Institutet (2020), also coordinator at the pre-review
- PhD thesis ”Interweaving technology – Understanding the design and experience of interactive performances” by Asreen Rostami at DSV (2020)
- PhD thesis “On designing educational portals for self-management of type 2 diabetes – Lessons learnt from an Iranian context” by Javad Jafari at Karolinska Institutet (2021)
Other academic assignments:
- The 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).
- A reviewer of 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),
- A reviewer at the half-time seminar of PhD student Asreen Rostami, DSV: “Interweaving Technology into Mixed-Reality Performance” (2017)
- The opponent at the licentiate seminar of PhD student Marie Olsson, DSV: “Digital learning resources for programming in higher education – a multimodal perspective” (2018)
- The DSV opponent at the pre-doc seminar of PhD student Asreen Rostami, DSV: working title “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Design Interactive & Mixed Reality Performances” (2019)
- The examiner of PhLic thesis: “Managing Capability Change in Organizations: Foundations for a Modeling Approach” by Georgios Koutsopoulos (2020)
- A reviewer at the half-time seminar of PhD student Sulakshana De Alwis, DSV: “Work-Life Boundaries in Technology Intense World of Work: Insights from Sri Lanka” (2020)
- A reviewer of the ‘senforsk’ version of PhD student Chaminda Wijesinghe, DSV: “How knowledge diffusion in University-Industry Collaboration can foster ICT innovations in Sri Lanka” (2022)
- The chair person of the dissertation defence act for PhD thesis “How knowledge diffusion in University-Industry Collaboration can foster ICT innovations in Sri Lanka” by Chaminda Wijesinghe at DSV (2022).
Teaching in the mandatory PhD course Research Methods II, 7.5 hp, DSV (method adviser, Autumn/Spring 2017/2018).
M. Weerasekara, Å. Smedberg, G. Karunathilaka and H. Sandmark, User Needs Gathering for Design of ICT-supported Occupational Stress Management Intervention: A Quantitative Study. Digital Health, Vol. 8: 1-15, SAGE, 2022.
M. Weerasekara and Å. Smedberg, The Use of Online Communities of Practice in the Software Industry: Learnings from Facebook Communities in Sri Lanka. International Journal of Web Based Communities, Inderscience, 186-209, 2022.
M. Weerasekara, M. and Å. Smedberg, Felix The Digibud: Unveiling The Design of an ICT-Supported Intervention for Occupational Stress Management. Multi Conf. Comput. Sci. Inf. Syst. MCCSIS 2022 – Proc. Int. Conf. e-Health 2022, pp. 163–172, 2022.
M. Weerasekara, Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, ICT Supported Occupational Stress Management: The Views of HR Managers in Sri Lankan Software Companies. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on eHealth 2020, IADIS Press, 27-38, 2020.
M. Weerasekara and Å. Smedberg, Design Practices and Implications in Information and Communication Technology Supported Occupational Stress Management Interventions. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Advanced Computer Science and Information Systems (ICACSIS 2019), IEEE, 285-294, 2019.
M. Weerasekara, Å. Smedberg and H. Sandmark, Using ICT in Occupational Stress Management: The Views and Experiences of Sri Lankan Stress Experts. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on eHealth 2019, IADIS Press, 163-174, 2019.
S. Bathallath, Å. Smedberg and H. Kjellin, The Viable System Model for Diagnosing and Handling IT-project Interdependencies in Large Portfolios. International Journal of Information Technology Project Management, IGI Global, 10(1), 72-87, 2019.
E. Zhu, U. Fors, and Å. Smedberg, Understanding how to improve physicians’ paradigms for prescribing antibiotics by using a conceptual design framework: a qualitative study. BMC Health Services Research, 18:860, 1-16, 2018.
E. Zhu, U. Fors, and Å. Smedberg, Exploring the needs and possibilities of physicians’ continuing professional development – An explorative qualitative study in a Chinese primary care context. PLoS ONE, 13(8), 1-18, 2018.
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.
Å. Smedberg, Knowledge Management Tools from a Systemic Perspective and the Usage among District Medical Officers. 2001.
Å. Smedberg, An Approach to Working and Learning in Combination Using IT – a Systemic-based Approach with Focus on Human and Technological Networks. 2001.
Å. Smedberg, An Approach to Managing Knowledge with Focus on Networks. 1999.