About TekLab


An Academic Network for Technology Development

TekLab is an academic network for technology development within the fields of media and communication. The participants are part of the TekLab network because they possess knowledge, curiosity and the ability to think critically. We cultivate our common professional interests across institutions and across official professional backgrounds.

TekLab promotes a kind of research that is attempting to combine media studies and information science, so that Artificial Intelligence and other advanced technologies may be used to best effect for the public. This kind of research is called media design or communication design. The researchers make prototypes of new media, and test these prototypes quantitatively and qualitatively with various user groups. Then they publish their findings and interpretations of the material.

This kind of technologically oriented media science is on the outside of regular science; at least in a Norwegian context. This kind of research stands in contrast to media studies by not being particularly analytical, and in contrast to information science by only focusing on media and communication. Media design focuses more on journalism and the democratic public sphere than information science has traditionally done. It also focuses more on programming, design and user testing than media studies has traditionally done.

Media design depends upon cross-disciplinary teams consisting of (among others) humanists, information scientists, economists, journalists, programmers, designers, business developers, and people who are skilled at UX. TekLab’s main goal is to create an arena where these kinds of people will be able to meet each other and be inspired to collaborate on making new prototypes.

Now, in 2019, TekLab is a regional network in Western Norway. Most of the TekLab participants work at universities and colleges connected to UH-nett Vest (the University and College Network for Western Norway) and the Group for IKT and media.

TekLab is located at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at the University of Bergen, and has its home address at Media City Bergen.

TekLab Has Three Purposes of Dissemination

1. To present prototypes that are under development within our academic network.

2. To write critical and accountable science journalism about these prototypes and other relevant development projects.

3. To arrange seminars where scientists, students and other guests present prototypes of new media designs, and discuss them in the plenary.

Keywords: Media design, Artificial intelligence, Artificial speech, Computer vision, Robots, Drones, Eye-tracking, Media content, VR and AR storytelling, Journalism, Immersive media, Subjectivity.

The TekLab Network Participants

The TekLab Network has many participants. The network participants are people who are viewed as members of the TekLab Network, because of their individual expertise within the fields of humaniora or technology.

The network participants make contributions to TekLab seminars and to the content of the TekLab website, they give their professional assessments of TekLab projects, introduce TekLab to potential new network participants, act as TekLab’s contacts at various institutions, or contribute in other ways.

See the list of TekLab’s Network participants here (Norwegian language only).

Institutions Participating in the TekLab Network

The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen

 

The University of Stavanger

The University of Stavanger

 

The TekLab Team

The TekLab Team are the most active of the participants in the TekLab Network. These are the people who take the main intiative to take care of the research, planning, organisation and funding for the TekLab projects. These participants also run TekLab’s website, and create most of its contents.

Current TekLab Team

LARS NYRE

LARS NYRE

Professor

Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. 

Professor of New Media, Journalism and Technology.

Lars Nyre is the director of TekLab, and the responsible editor of the website teklab.uib.no. Nyre has published a series of articles within the new discipline of «media system design». Nyre was the leader of the Norwegian branch of the Horizon 2020 Innovation Action INJECT (2017-2018). Nyre is a contributor to the media scholarly research project Vismedia (NFR) and the information science research project NewsAngler (NFR).

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CATO WITTUSEN

CATO WITTUSEN

Associate Professor

Department of Media and Social Sciences, University of Stavanger.

Associate Professor of Philosophy.

Cato Wittusen’s research interests include the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, phenomenology, aesthetics, the scientific philosophy of the humanities, and the philosophy of film. Wittusen contributed to founding the Nordic Wittgenstein Society, and is a member of the editorial board of Nordic Wittgenstein Review.

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BJØRNAR TESSEM

BJØRNAR TESSEM

Professor

Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Professor of Information Science.

Bjørnar Tessem is Professor of Information Science at the University of Bergen. His areas of expertise are AI, Bayesian networks, qualitative research methods, software development, context sensitivity, mobile software and semantic technologies. Tessem is a contributor to the information science research project NewsAngler. He has co-authored publications on technological innovation in journalism.

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INGVILD ABILDGAARD JANSEN

INGVILD ABILDGAARD JANSEN

Science journalist and research assistant

Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Master of Media Studies. The subject of her thesis is listener loyalty in podcasting (Jansen, 2017).

Ingvild A. Jansen has experience as a seminar leader of Media Studies, and as a research assistant on other UiB projects. She also has experience from various student organizations, such as the Student Council at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies at UiB, and the Student Radio in Bergen. In her free time, she works as a festival organizer for the international animated film festival ReAnima.

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JON ØIVIND HOEM

JON ØIVIND HOEM

Associate Professor

Department of Arts Education, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences.

Associate Professor of Digital Media.

Jon Hoem teaches and does research within the field of new digital media. His current research and development is related to robot assisted teaching, immersive media, the exploration of interactive installation art, and the use of mobile phone technology. Hoem leads the scientist network IKT and media in UH-nett Vest, and is a member of the work group for digital collaboration in UH-nett Vest.

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ALEKSANDER TONHEIM

ALEKSANDER TONHEIM

Web designer and system developer

Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

M.Sc. of Informasjon Science.

Aleksander Tonheim is the webmaster of teklab.uib.no. He developed the logo and design template and the strategy for dissemination, and designed the website. Tonheim has experience as a research assistant for the EU project ”INJECT – Innovation Journalism Enhanced Creativity tools”, and the project HI-TRAIN. Currently employed as a system developer at Stacc Insight.

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Besøksadresse

Lars Hilles gate 30, 5007 Bergen

Institutt for informasjons -og medievitenskap,

Media City Bergen,

Universitetet i Bergen