PhD course: eHealth – improved data to and from patients, 3 credits

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

In April 2019 we will give a new course for PhD-students in eHealth. The course will give an introduction to eHealth and health informatics including benefits and challenges with eHealth, examples of applications in use, register based epidemiology, decision support systems, overview and examples of research within the interdisciplinary field of health informatics.

Teaching in this course will be lectures online (via mymoodle) as well as 2 seminars where students will present and discuss papers from this field of research.

This course will be given in collaboration with  the eHealth Institute. We welcome PhD-students from DISA as well as other PhD-students at Linnaeus University who are interested in eHealth and health informatics.

  • Pace: Half time, distance learning with approximately 2 meetings on campus in Kalmar
  • Language: English
  • When: April 2019 (preliminary 1/4 – 28/4)
  • Contact: If you are interested in this course, please send an e-mail to Tora Hammar,

The eHealth Institute, Department of medicine and optometry, Linnaeus University will be responsible for the course.


Call for papers: ACM Transactions on Data Science

Monday, November 19th, 2018

Data Science relies on the massive volumes of diverse data generated from all forms of human activity and interaction with the environment to make decisions and to solve problems. Traditional methods for managing and processing data have been scaled to address its growth, but new approaches are required to deal with these heterogeneous, high velocity, very large data sources of varying quality, coverage, and semantics. There are challenges at every stage. Addressing these challenges requires innovations in a wide range of computing sub-disciplines, from computer architecture to human computer interaction, and from data analytics to recommendations. ACM Transactions on Data Science (TDS) will serve as the premier forum for describing and advancing the state of the art on this important topic.


The scope of the TDS includes cross-disciplinary innovative research ideas, algorithms, systems, theory and applications for data science. Papers that address challenges at every stage, from acquisition on, through data cleaning, transformation, representation, integration, indexing, modeling, analysis, visualization, and interpretation while retaining privacy, fairness, provenance, transparency, and provision of social benefit, within the context of big data, fall within the scope of the journal.

The objective of the journal is to provide a forum for cross-cutting research results that contribute to data science. Papers that address core technologies without clear evidence that they propose multi/cross-disciplinary technologies and approaches designed for management and processing of large volumes of data, and for data-driven decision making will be out of scope of this journal.

Beng Chin Ooi, National University of Singapore

Senior Associate Editors
Mike Franklin, University of Chicago
H.V. Jagadish, University of Michigan
Hong Mei, Beijing Institute of Technology and Peking University
Renée J. Miller, University of Toronto
Jeannette M. Wing, Columbia University

For further information or to submit your manuscript.

The 6th Swedish Workshop on Data Science (SweDS 2018)

Monday, September 10th, 2018

We have been asked to invite you to attend and participate in SweDS2018 (the 6th Swedish Workshop on Data Science).  The workshop takes place at Umeå UniversityNovember 20-21, 2018.  The abstract submission deadline is October 13, 2018 for contributed oral presentations.

Call for abstracts

The Swedish Workshops on Data Science (SweDS) allow members of a community with common interests to meet in the context of a focused and interactive discussion. SweDS 2018, the sixth Swedish Workshop on Data Science, brings together researchers, practitioners, and opinion leaders with interest in data science. The goal is to further establish this important area of research and application in Sweden, foster the exchange of ideas, and to promote collaboration. (more…)

Seminar invitation: Beyond programming as primary computing skill

Friday, May 18th, 2018

The Digital Humanities invite you to the seminar: Beyond programming as primary computing skill: the case of the PDF file format – Jean-François Blanchette

Jean-François Blanchette is an Associate Professor at the Department of Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the computerization of bureaucracies, the evolution of the computing infrastructure, and the materiality of digital objects. He is the author of Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents (MIT Press, 2012) and co-editor of Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure (MIT Press, 2015). He is the director with Snowden Becker of the “On the Record, All the Time” project, which examines the impact of surveillance technologies to archival education and practice.

Abstract for the presentation:

LIS programs have been faced for years with the question of how to best teach students adequate information technology skills. In past decades, the answer often took the form of basic computing literacy (how to write an email, how to set up a basic database), but today, the consensus is that the most obvious representative of such a skill is the mastery of a programming language. Indeed, coding is supported today by a wide range of organizations as the most direct path of entry into the computing professions and as a requisite skill for all future workers in the knowledge economy.

In this presentation,  Jean-François Blanchette challenges this assumption as it applies to graduate students enrolled in LIS programs. He will argue that the teaching of coding aligns with a conception of computing primarily grounded in its mathematical character as an “engine of logic.” However, an equally important understanding of computing lies in its nature as an engineered system dedicated to the coordinated use of limited computing resources (processing, storage, networking). Of particular importance are the design strategies of modularity and hierarchical aggregation, which allows computing systems to allocate resources, manage complexity and technical change, while providing specific pathways for growth and functional evolution. These resources and strategies constitute the actual materials and tools used by engineers to design, operate, and maintain the extraordinarily complex assemblage of software and hardware components that constitutes networked computing.

For students, such as those in LIS, whose career success depends on the proper anticipation of the impact of information technology on their field of professional practice, such an understanding is more effective than learning to code. Using the PDF file format as example,  Jean-François Blanchette demonstrate how this approach can be used to anticipate the evolution of the format and its impact on, e.g., digital preservation, open data, accessibility, and the future of scholarly communication.


The Digital Humanities (DH) seminar series is aimed at providing a forum for relevant DH discussion in the region and beyond, inspiring collaboration with wider audiences about the emerging field of DH field and University’s DH Initiative, thus both strengthening the DH Initiative’s established network, as well as creating a space for collaboration between universities and cross-sectoral partners at national and international levels. Please find more information at their website.

The Seminars are open to everyone, but we would appreciate if you would register your attendance via

Inbjudan forskningsseminarium “Hur kan vi förbättra digital samverkan i vården?”

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Digital samverkan spelar en viktig roll i personcentrerad vård för att knyta ihop vård-och omsorgsgivare med närstående. Samtidigt finns idag en frustration att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra” i de situationer där man fortfarande arbetar i digitalt isolerade öar.

Det är inte en teknisk fråga att ”systemen inte pratar med varandra”. Det finns idag inga tekniska hinder för kommunikation mellan system. Vi behöver börja i en annan ände. Interoperabilitet handlar om samarbete mellan olika aktörer och deras behov att kommunicera med varandra, vilket kommer att öka drastiskt, säger Sten-Erik Öhlund, forskare och konsult vid CGI.

Fredagen den 13 april kommer Sten-Erik att presentera och diskutera sin forskning om interoperabilitet och de utmaningar som finns för att förbättra förmågan
att samverka digitalt, allt för en framtida bättre personcentrerad vård.

  • När? Fredag 13 april Klockan 10.00-11.30 (Från kl 9.30)
  • Var? eHälsoinstitutet, Kalmar Bredbandet 1, Varvsholmen
  • Anmäl dig genom att skicka ett mejl till eller ring 0480-49 71 62 (senast 11/4)

Se tidigare liveinspelade forskningsseminarium & vårens program 2018


Vetenskapsrådet satsar på tvärvetenskaplig forskning

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

Vetenskapsrådet utlyser nästa år bidrag till tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer. Utlysningen öppnar den 18 april så missa inte möjligheten till nya finansieringsmöjligheter. Enligt planen som presenterats på Vetenskapsrådets hemsida så kommer utlysningen omfattar 20 miljoner årligen i upp till sex år och cirka 4-6 bidrag kommer kunna beviljas. Vetenskapsrådet planerar att utlysa bidraget vartannat år.

Syftet med satsningen är att ge forskargrupper möjligheten att utveckla tvärvetenskaplig forskning och tvärvetenskapliga forskningsmiljöer där nydanande kunskap kan förväntas. Forskargrupperna ska kombinera teorier, metoder, sakkunskap och/eller data från olika discipliner på ett sådant sätt att de öppnar upp för nya forskningsområden och forskningsansatser. Det här är en spännande möjlighet som bör passa flera av områdena inom DISA.

Vi stödjer redan idag i stor utsträckning tvärvetenskaplig forskning inom ramen för flera av våra andra utlysningar. Men vi ser ett behov av en särskild satsning som ger forskargrupper från vitt skilda områden möjligheten att samarbeta över en längre tid och skapa de bryggor mellan discipliner som behövs för tvärvetenskapliga forskningsgenombrott, säger Sven Stafström, generaldirektör vid Vetenskapsrådet.

Här hittar du mer information om utlysningen.


Invited journal article presentation at ACM IUI 2018 in Tokyo

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

A journal article titled “Active Learning and Visual Analytics for Stance Classification with ALVA“, co-authored by a DISA researcher Andreas Kerren, was invited for a presentation at the ACM IUI 2018 conference which took place in the National Center of Sciences Building, Tokyo, Japan during March 7–11, 2018. The article was presented by Kostiantyn Kucher, a PhD student in Computer Science with the ISOVIS group at Linnaeus University.

ACM IUI 2018 was the 23rd annual meeting of the intelligent interfaces community, where novel top-quality contributions in human-computer interaction, information visualization, artificial intelligence, and machine learning were presented. The main topics of interest during the conference seemed to be interactive machine learning (iML) and user interfaces for explainable artificial intelligence (XAI).

Our article presented at IUI is very much relevant to these topics: it describes a visual analytics environment ALVA that is designed for annotation of textual data, management of an active learning classifier, and visual analysis of the intermediate data. ALVA was previously developed as part of the finished VR-funded StaViCTA project for stance analysis of social media texts, and we plan to adapt and apply it for future tasks in DISA research.

//Kostiantyn Kucher

Seed funding available to get started with new research collaborations.

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

We are now offer the possibility of running seed-projects within Linnaeus University Centre on Data Intensive Sciences and Applications (DISA).The seed projects are intended to promote and nurture excellence research, development, and innovation in data intensive sciences and application with cross-discipline collaboration.

DISA can finance up to 100 000 SEK to initiate research cooperation with a connection to data intensive sciences and applications. The seed-project should lead up to an application for external funding.

The consortium should consist of one or more researches from the DISA-consortium in close collaboration with other researchers in order to build strong cross-discipline collaboration. It is important that all members in the consortium have an active role in the seed project. Please describe the different roles in the proposal. Industry/public sector collaboration is a plus.

The evaluation criteria include relevance of the proposal for the operational and strategic goals of DISA, feasibility of the project activity and chances to succeed with an application for external funding within the project time.

The deadline for new proposals are the last day of each month. The group of coordinators of research within DISA takes a decision at their monthly meetings and you will get feedback on your proposal before the end of the month.

For more information about the process and how to apply click here.

Good luck!