“We are delighted to have the opportunity to reinforce this ongoing research.

Sweden is well positioned to develop consumer-oriented mobile technology by combining our tradition and knowledge of user-oriented research with fields in which we have strong technological expertise, above all in the creation of new products based on existing technologies. Long-term collaboration between industry and research is necessary if you wish to create an broad array of future services and applications that people want and like,” says Kristina Höök, a professor of human-machine interaction at Stockholm University.

The Center will build on a user perspective on technological development where researchers and industries can come together to create new services, enhance interactive support dedicated to mobile use, and increase our knowledge of how mobility affects people’s lives. The collaboration between the academy and the business community will also make it possible to design new business models that increase the range of services and applications.

Besides Professor Kristina Höök, the Center will be led by Associate Professor Lars Erik Holmquist, Associate Professor Oskar Juhlin, and Dr. Annika Waern.

The Center will be established at the Campus IT University in Kista, Stockholm University, in collaboration with the Swedish IT institutes in the SICS group and the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. Several other players are involved, including Ericsson, SonyEricsson, TeliaSonera, Microsoft Research, Stockholm Innovation, and Growth and Stockholm.

See also: http://www.mobile-life.org/

Facts about Stockholm University:
Stockholm University is the university of Sweden’s capital—-the regional center for research and education in the arts, law, science, and social sciences. The University has 39,000 students and 5,600 employees, turning over nearly SEK 2.7 billion.

Facts about VINNOVA:
VINNOVA is a government authority under the Swedish Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications, with some 160 employees and an annual budget of SEK 1.4 billion. VINNOVA’s sphere of responsibility is innovations tied to research and development.

VINNOVA is tasked with funding the needs-related research required by a competitive business community and a prosperous society and to strengthen the networks needed to further this work.
For more information, see: www.vinnova.se

Facts about VINN Excellence Centers
VINN Excellence Centers are a form of cooperation between business, the public sector, and universities and colleges, research institutes, and other research organizations. The centers focus on both basic and applied research and are designed to ensure that new knowledge and new technology will lead to new products, processes, and services. VINNOVA’s goal is to create 25 VINN Excellence Centers, each with ten years of funding.

For further information, please contact:
Kristina Höök, professor of human-machine interaction, cell phone: +46 70-5617035; e-mail: kia@dsv.su.se; Web page: www.dsv.su.se/~kia Oskar Juhlin, associate professor, Interactive Institute, cell phone: +46 70-378
39 64; e-mail: oskar@tii.se
Lars Erik Holmquist, associate professor, Viktoria Institute, cell phone: +46
703-55 85 00; e-mail: leh@viktoria.se
Annika Waern, PhD, Swedish Institute of Computer Science, phone: +46 8-6331618; cell phone: +46 70-3363916; e-mail: annika@sics.se