Jonas Löwgren: Résumé

 

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Jonas Löwgren (b. 1964) is professor of interaction and information design at Linköping University, Sweden. He specializes in collaborative media design, interactive visualization and the design theory of the digital materials. Jonas has taught interaction design in university courses and in companies since the early 1990’s and initiated the influential two-year master’s program and the PhD program in interaction design when he was at Malmö University. He has published close to 80 peer-reviewed academic papers and four books, including Thoughtful Interaction Design (with Erik Stolterman, published by MIT Press), and a vast range of general-interest and pedagogical material. His design portfolio comprises some 60 projects from explorative research and professional contexts.
 
 

Affiliations

2015–now
 
Professor of interaction and information design at the division of Media and Information Technology, Campus Norrköping, Linköping University.
1999–2015
 
Professor of interaction design and co-founder at the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University. Focus on teaching interaction design, and on research in collaborative media, visualization and design theory. 100% employment in 1999, 10% in 2000–02, 80% in 2003, then 100%.
2000–15
 
External professor (adjungerad professor) of interaction design at Blekinge Technical University.
2000–03
 
Director of research at the r+d studio in interactive animation, dept. of Animation and animated film, Konstfack, Eksjö. Responsible for content and direction in design and art projects combining animation with interactive media. 90% employment in 2000–02, 20% in 2003.
1997–99
 
Founding staff member of the School of Arts and Communication, Malmö University, in the field of interaction design. Responsible for developing a two-year Masters' education. Significant responsibility in developing the School, including research planning and funding, studio research, PhD student supervision and external communication.
1992–97
 
Permanent assisting professor (universitetslektor) of human-computer interaction at the Department of Computer and Information Science (IDA), Linköping University.
1995–96
 
Half-time employment for fourteen months as acting full professor (vikarierande professor) at the Department of Informatics, Lund University.
1994
 
Half-time employment for six months as interaction designer in the consulting company Telub Teknik in Linköping.
1991–92
 
Half-time employment for eight months as interaction designer in the consulting company UI Design in Linköping.
1991–92
 
Half-time acting assisting professor (vikarierande högskolelektor) of human-computer interaction at IDA.
1987
 
Systems operator for three months at the computer center, SAAB Aircraft Division, Linköping.
1986
 
Systems analyst for three months at the Defense Munitions Administration (FMV), Linköping.
1984–85
 
Swedish Army Intelligence School, Karlsborg, training in technical intelligence work and intelligence assessment as well as in military leadership and tactics for ranger units.
 
 

Languages

 
 
Swedish: Native.
English: Rather fluent reading, writing and speaking.
Norwegian, Danish: Fair reading comprehension, spoken communication workable in pidgin »Scandinavian.«
German: Elementary reading and speaking.
French: Rudimentary reading and speaking.
 
 

Degrees

1995
 
Docent of human-computer interaction at Linköping University.
1991
 
Ph.D. in computer science/human-computer interaction at Linköping University. Dissertation title: Knowledge-based design support and discourse management in user interface management systems.
1989
 
Tech. Lic. at Linköping University.
1987
 
M.Sc. in computer science and engineering at Linköping University.
1985
 
Graduated as 2nd lieutenant from the army officer school of the Royal Rangers (K3) in Karlsborg.
 
 

Personal information

 
 
Date of birth: September 28, 1964.
 
 
Family: Married to Christina. Two daughters: Sara, born 1996, and Ellen, born 1998. Living in the countryside near the village of Eksjö in the Swedish Southern Highlands.