Thomas Pederson

Designing systems that change the way we perceive, think, and act in our immediate surroundings

Professor in Information Systems, School of Business, Economics and IT, University West, Sweden.

Scientific commissioner, National Swedish Ethical Review Authority

Steering committee member, NordiCHI bi-annual conference on Human-Computer Interaction

Campus office: Gustava Melins gata 2, Trollhättan, Sweden. Room J226

Production Technology Center office: Nohabgatan 14, Trollhättan, Room N2-201

+46 70 654 6548

thomas /dot/ pederson /at/ hv /dot/ se

Page last updated Feb 24th 2024

Research interests

I explore the development of mobile and wearable systems that seamlessly blend with and support ongoing real-world tasks (c.f. Mark Weiser's vision of calm computing) and give rise to what we refer to as an egocentric interaction paradigm.

I believe that human perception, cognition, and action capabilities are defining factors for future wearable systems that talk to us in increasingly subtle ways through our peripheral attention.

Keywords: Human-Computer Interaction, Peripheral Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Wearable Computers, Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence.

Perception, cognition, action in wearable HCI (Jalaliniya & Pederson, 2015).

A surgeon using a Wearable Personal Assistant in simulated surgeries & ward rounds (Jalaliniya & Pederson, 2016).

Where is the "desktop" in wearable HCI?

The Situative Space Model (Pederson, Janlert, & Surie, 2011) captures what a specific human agent can perceive and not perceive, reach and not reach, at any given moment in time. This model is for the emerging egocentric interaction paradigm what the virtual desktop is for the PC/WIMP (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointing device) interaction paradigm: more or less everything of interest to a specific human agent is assumed to, and supposed to, happen here.

Breakfast scenario involving mobile, wearable, and embedded interactive devices apart from everyday objects.

The Situative Space Model applied to the breakfast scenario pictured to the left, centered around the person having breakfast (Pederson, Janlert, & Surie, 2011).

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Selected publications

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PhD supervision

  • Ongoing 2021-: Augmented Reality-based Training and Guidance in Production Systems. PhD student Nicole Tobisková.
  • Ongoing 2021-: Work-Integrated Learning with focus on interactive digital solutions in home care. PhD student Jessica Persson.
  • 2017-2020 Internal examiner of three PhD students at Dept. of Computer Science and Media Technology.
  • Graduated 2016: Wearable Personal Assistants -- From Vision to Reality. PhD student Shahram Jalaliniya, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
  • Graduated 2012: Egocentric Interaction for Ambient Intelligence. PhD student Dipak Surie, Umeaa University, Sweden.


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PC member and/or (meta) reviewer if not noted otherwise




  • Swedish
  • English
  • Italian
  • German

(In order of expertise.)

External advisor

Funding agencies

PhD committees

  • 2018 Lund University, Sweden, Member of assessment committee for the PhD defense of Haakan Jonsson
  • 2017 Lund University, Sweden, Chair of assessment committee for the PhD defense of Björn A Johnsson
  • 2013 Tromsø University, Norway, 2nd opponent for the PhD defense of Terje Solvoll
  • 2012 Tampere University, Finland, opponent for the PhD defense of Thomas Olsson
  • 2011 Oerebro University, Sweden, opponent for the PhD defense of Jayedur Rashid

Academic employment committees

Invited speaker


  • 2017: Hackathon keynote for Beijer Electronics Products AB, Malmoe: Wearable Systems talking to our unconscious mind.


Popular science

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PhD/MSc/BSc level

From 1997 until 2021 I have taught on more than 35 different MSc and BSc-level courses mostly related to Computer Science, Interaction Design, and everything in between. Some I have developed from scratch, including:

  • 2022 K0004221 Human-AI Interaction 7.5 ECTS (University West)
  • 2017 DA356A/DA260A Information Design 7.5 ECTS (Malmoe University)
  • 2017 DA157A Introduction to Interaction Design 7.5 ECTS (Malmoe University)
  • 2017 DA606A Interaction Technology 7.5 ECTS (Malmoe University)
  • 2016 DA274A Internet of Things and People 7.5 ECTS (Malmoe University)
  • 2003 TDBC93 Ubiquitous Computing 7.5 ECTS (Umeaa University)

I have also taken part in developing a few PhD courses for larger and smaller groups of PhD students.

MSc Study program development and management

  • 2022 1-year Master’s program (60 ECTS) in Computer Science with specialisation in Autonomous Vehicles, University West
  • 2015-2016 Software Engineering part-time program (60 ECTS), IT University of Copenhagen

Places of work and visits