1. Describe yourself with 3 words
“It is complicated.”
2. What did you want to become as a child?
An archaeologist. I guess watching all those Indiana Jones movies had an effect on me.
3. What is your greatest academic achievement?
Receiving in 2015 the MobileHCI Lasting Impact Award for a research paper I wrote with some
great colleagues for the MobileHCI 2005 conference.
4. If you won 10 million DKK, what would you do?
The same things as today, except maybe buying a house. But I would also try to arrange to take
some months off from work and drive around the globe in an old Land Rover Defender.
5. What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?
Almost 15 years ago I was on holidays in Middle East with a small group of friends. As we took a
break from driving and while being in the middle of nowhere, a shepherd came and asked us in
fluent English where do we come from. Next thing I remember is the shepherd reciting ancient
Greek texts. We have learned an important lesson that day: Never judge a person from the way they
look or the job they do.
6. If Santa would appear in the guise of a person – Who, dead or alive, would you want it to
Wouldn’t be fun to hang around Jack Kerouac in a smoky old bar while he is dressed up as Santa
and telling stories from “On the Road”?
7. What is the worst thing about your job?
The constant struggle to balance teaching, researching and administrative tasks.
8. What is the best Christmas present you have ever been gifted?
A trip to Zanzibar.
9. What animal would you be?
“- A lobster.
– A lobster is an excellent choice.”
The Lobster, movie
10. What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
The Christmas dinner with family and friends.
11. Which project are you working on right now?
I am working on understanding how to bring together provocation and interaction design by
studying how people experience provocative technological artifacts that challenge their everyday
practices and beliefs on various topics (such as energy consumption, political issues, etc.)