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Thomas Pederson

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

Associate Professor

Acting head of Pervasive Interactive Technology Lab

Head of Software Engineering part-time study program

Room 4D11

+45 7218 5335

tped /at/

Page last updated November 8th 2015


PhD supervision

Wearable Personal Assistants -- From Vision to Reality. PhD student Shahram Jalaliniya, IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. (Ongoing.)

Egocentric Interaction for Ambient Intelligence. PhD student Dipak Surie, Umeaa University, Sweden. (Graduated 2012.)

MSc supervision

Current project proposals can be found on the PIT Lab student project proposal page.


I explore the development of mobile and wearable systems that seamlessly blend with and support ongoing real-world tasks (c.f. Marc 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, Embodied Cognition, Peripheral Interaction, Ubiquitous Computing, Wearable Computers.

Perception, cognition, action in wearable HCI [work in progress]

A wearable personal assistant for surgeons [work in progress]

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.

Selected publications

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Conferences & Journals

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


PhD assessment

External advisor

Recent projects

  • 2011-2014 iCareNet: Intelligent Context-Aware Systems for Healthcare, Wellness, and Assisted Living. EU FP7 Marie Curie ITN. Co-principal investigator at the ITU node together with Prof. Jakob Bardram.