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Lars Erik Holmquist

Professor of Innovation

Department: Northumbria School of Design

Lars Erik Holmquist is Professor of Innovation at Northumbria University, Department of Design.

Lars Erik Holmquist is Professor of Innovation at Northumbria University, Department of Design.

He is an internationally leading researcher in human computer interaction, interaction design and ubiquitous computing. He has published over 100 articles in fields such as HCI, design methods, mobile applications and ubicomp, which have been cited more than 3500 times. His work has been presented at major scientific conferences including CHI, SIGGRAPH, UIST, UbiComp, Mobile HCI, InfoVis and ECSCW. His first book, Grounded Innovation: Strategies for Creating Digital Products, was published by Morgan Kaufman in 2012, and provides a practical guide to the design-driven innovation process, with many examples drawn from his own research and elsewhere. He was most recently a Guest Researcher at Tokyo University, where he is worked on his second book. Before this, he was a Principal Scientist at Yahoo Labs in Sunnyvale, CA, where he did research in areas such as location-based services, interactive television and augmented reality. Other appointments have included Full Professor (and later Guest Professor) at Södertörn University, Lab Leader at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, and Co-Founder and Research Leader of the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Research Centre in Sweden. He has secured funding for and led a number of major research projects, from agencies including the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, as well as several large European Union projects and two collaborative grants with Stanford University from the Wallenberg Global Learning Network. He has served on many technical program committees, including UbiComp, CHI, UIST, NordiCHI, SIGGRAPH, SIGGRAPH Asia and Mobile HCI, founded and chaired the SIGGRAPH Mobile program, and is an associate editor for journals in personal technologies and robotics. He has supervised two Ph.D. students to completion, co-supervised another five, and served on Ph.D. thesis committees in Sweden and Denmark. In 2005, he was awarded an Individual Grant for the Advancement of Young Research Leaders (INGVAR) from the Foundation for Strategic Research, one of the most prestigious personal grants for researchers in Sweden. He is interested in international culture and music, and has completed one year of full-time studies in Japanese in Tokyo.

Current and Recent Projects

Mobile Life VINN EXCELLENCE Centre, 2007-2017, awarded by Sweden’s Innovation Agency VINNOVA.

INGVAR Individual Grant for the Advancement of Young Research Leaders (Framtidens Forskningsledare 2), 2005-2010. Awarded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research. 

Wii Science: Teaching the laws of nature with physically engaging video game technologies, 2009-2012, a collaboration between Stanford University and Södertörn Universityawarded by the Wallenberg Global Learning Network.

LIREC – Living with Interactive Companions, European Union Integrated Project, 2008-2012. Awarded by IST-FET. 

ECAgents – Embodied Communication Agents, European Union Integrated Project, 2005-2008. Awarded by IST-FET.

Key Publications and Outputs

Ljungblad, S. and Holmquist, L.E. Transfer Scenarios: Grounded Innovation with Marginal Practices. In Proceedings of CHI 2007, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM Press, 2007. 

Jacobsson, M., Ljungblad, S., Bodin, J., Knurek, J. and Holmquist, L.E. GlowBots: Robots That Evolve Relationships. Exhibited at SIGGRAPH 2007 Emerging Technologies, San Diego, USA, 5-9 August, 2007. Also shown at Wired NextFest, Los Angeles, USA, 13-16 September 2007.

Holmquist, L.E. The Age of the Mobile Mash-Up. TechCrunch, May 29, 2010. 

Holmquist, L.E. Grounded Innovation: Strategies for Creating Digital Products. Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc., May 2012. 

Holmquist, L.E. and Forlizzi, J., editors. Special Issue on Design and HRI. Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 2014.

Holmquist, L.E.  and Dayal, Y. Secure information exchange between devices using location and unique codes. US Patent number 9282358, 2016.

Holmquist, L.E. Intelligence Inside: Artificial Intelligence as a New Design Material. ACM <interactions>, July/August 2017, ACM Press.

PGR Supervision

Alexander Nemeth, Design.

Title: Taking TuI to the Test.

Professional Activity

  • Design research editor, Journal of Human-Robot Interaction, 2011-2015.
  • Associate editor, Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Springer, 2000-present
  • SIGGRAPH Mobile 2012 and 2013 founding chair, ACM SIGGRAPH International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques
  • SIGGRAPH Asia Symposium on Apps 2012 chair, ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia
  • Papers Subcommittee Chair (Interaction Techniques and Devices), CHI 2012, ACM SIGCHI Annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
  • Emerging Technologies chair, SIGGRAPH Asia 2009
  • Interactivity Co-chair, CHI 2007
  • alt.chi Co-chair, CHI 2007
  • Open Session co-chair chair, UbiComp 2006
  • Demonstrations Chair, UbiComp 2004, International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
  • General chair, UbiComp 2002

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

  • Innovation
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Mobile applications
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Interaction design
  • Information visualization
  • Artificial intelligence


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