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  • E-mailmads.solberg@uib.no
  • Visitor Address
    Fosswinckels gate 6
    Lauritz Meltzers hus
    5007 Bergen
    Room 
    835. I currently have a guest-office at the Norwegian Maritime Competence Center - Ålesund, courtesy of the kind people at Møreforsking (http://www.moreforsk.no)
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7802
    5020 Bergen

My PHD-project investigates knowledge-making and technological innovation within marine science; in particular the development of novel solutions for managing sea lice, a persistent threat to salmon farming in Norway.

Broader research interests gravitate around: social dimensions of aquaculture and marine domestication, technology transfer, cognitive, environmental and evolutionary anthropology, as well as the anthropological study of science.

Naturalistic theories of cultural transmission and the toolkit of the cognitive sciences offer exciting avenues for anthropological research on how different communities of practice create knowledge. In particular I'm exploring how the framework of distributed cognition can help us understand how scientific knowledge is crafted through the orchestratration of coupled human-technological systems in the experimental life sciences.

I approach scientific innovation in marine science through a method known as cognitive ethnography. Cognitive ethnography involves participant observation and detailed multimodal interactional analysis of digital video in order to understand complex human activity systems.

I had the good fortune to spend the winter quarter 2014 in Professor Edwin Hutchins and Jim Hollan's D-COG HCI-lab at the Department of Cognitive Science, University of California - San Diego. The people here are at the forefront in the shift in cognitive science toward "a view of cognition as a property of systems that are larger than isolated individuals. This extends the reach of cognition to encompass interactions between people as well as interactions with resources in the environment" (including their material culture). This excellent community strengthened my belief that rigourous anthropological research is a crucial scientific contribution to charting and understanding such dynamics. 

My masters degree from 2011 was on the management and politics of forest conservation through protected areas in post-war Lebanon. I did my first fieldwork among the Druze and Christian denizens of the Shouf-mountains.

I'm lecturing on introductory topics in general anthropology, fall 2015 (SANT100). 

Spring 2015 I taught a fun introductory course about the fascinating field of cognitive anthropology. Here's a link to the reading list.

SANT280-8 - The Cultural Mind - Recent Developments in Cognitive Anthropology

 

I hosted seminars on the history of anthropology for the following course, spring 2013:

SANT303 - Project Proposal and Methodology for the Anthropology of Development

 

Before and after graduating I worked as a teaching assistant for the following courses:

SANT100 - Introduction to Anthropology

SANT215 - Regional Ethnography: South-Eastern Asia & the Middle-East

SANT220 - Anthropology, Intervention & Development.   

Academic article
  • Show author(s) (2022). Promoting activity in long-term care facilities with the social robot Pepper: a pilot study. Informatics for Health and Social Care.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Normalization of technology for social contact in a Norwegian care facility during COVID-19. BMC Health Services Research. 12 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Improvised use of a digital tool for social interaction in a Norwegian care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploratory study. BMC Health Services Research.
  • Show author(s) (2022). A social VR-based collaborative exergame for rehabilitation: codesign, development and user study. Virtual Reality.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Overtrusting Robots: Setting a Research Agenda to Mitigate Overtrust in Automation. Paladyn - Journal of Behavioral Robotics. 423-436.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Patronage, contextual flexibility and organisational innovation in Lebanese protected areas management. Conservation and Society. 268-279.
Report
  • Show author(s) (2021). Avstandsoppfølging som velferdsteknologi. 25. 25. .
Lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Towards better data-use in municipal healthcare - preliminary notes from a pilot project.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Kvalitet og relevans i praksisstudier - Tverrprofesjonell in situ simulering med studenter og ansatte .
  • Show author(s) (2019). Debriefing as epistemic practice: conversational remembering and distributed metacognition in healthcare simulation.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Åpen publisering og røvertidsskrifter - et par ting alle bør vite .
  • Show author(s) (2018). Helseinnovasjon .
  • Show author(s) (2016). Innovasjon, kognisjon og materiell kultur i laboratoriet.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Innovation, cognition and material culture in the lab: some perspectives from the cognitive anthropology of science.
  • Show author(s) (2015). Innovation, cognition and material culture in the lab: some perspectives from cognitive anthropology.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: the case of sea lice research. Lab meeting for Morana Alac's research group, Communication and Science Studies, University of California - San Diego, 10.03.14.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: the case of sea lice research.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Thinking about scientific knowledge: perspectives from cognitive anthropology.
  • Show author(s) (2011). Skinnholisme og menneskelig mangfold: refleksjoner omkring det antropologiske prosjekt fra en student.
Popular scientific lecture
  • Show author(s) (2018). Varme hender eller kaldt stål - skal robotene pleie oss i fremtiden?
  • Show author(s) (2018). Varme hender eller kaldt stål - skal robotene pleie oss i fremtiden?
  • Show author(s) (2013). Thinking about scientific knowledge: perspectives from cognitive anthropology.
Academic lecture
  • Show author(s) (2022). Tracing conceptual discussions of simulation-based learning in Maritime Higher Education.
  • Show author(s) (2022). PROSIM deliveries - on the use of simulation in bachelor-level education in Scandinavia.
  • Show author(s) (2022). On the use of simulation in bachelor-level professional education in Scandinavia – the PROSIM-survey.
  • Show author(s) (2022). Læring av hverandre - bruk av simulering som undervisningsmetode i tre ulike profesjoner.
  • Show author(s) (2020). WoZ, trust, and situated interactional maintenance in social robotics.
  • Show author(s) (2020). Symposia 12 - Conceptualizing trust and AAL-technology: Steps towards a comparative framework.
  • Show author(s) (2020). A framework for policy research on governmental trust and AAL-technology: a proposal.
  • Show author(s) (2019). Robotteknologi og helse – en retrospektiv innholdsanalyse av norske avisartikler fra 2000 til 2018.
  • Show author(s) (2017). Anthropological Contributions to Cognitive Science.
  • Show author(s) (2016). Epistemic Actions, Material Culture and Distributed Cognition Among Marine Molecular Biologists.
  • Show author(s) (2016). A Cognitive Ethnography of Material Culture and Distributed Cognition in an Experimental System: The Case of Licelab.
  • Show author(s) (2015). On the Co-Evolution of Aquaculture, Scientific Knowledge and Salmon Lice.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Public perceptions of salmon farming and salmon lice in Norway, the U.K. and Canada.
  • Show author(s) (2013). Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: multimodal interaction in a high-tech research environment.
Book review
  • Show author(s) (2015). Book Review - Hallam Stevens' Life Out of Seqence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics (2013). Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology.
  • Show author(s) (2014). Book Review - Terrence W. Deacon's Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter (2013). Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology.
Academic monograph
  • Show author(s) (2021). A Cognitive Ethnography of Knowledge and Material Culture: Cognition, Experiment, and the Science of Salmon Lice.
Masters thesis
  • Show author(s) (2011). Managing nature, people and development. Patronage, Confessionalism and Market-Based Conservation in a Lebanese Protected Area.
Doctoral dissertation
  • Show author(s) (2017). Experiment, Cognition, and the Science of Salmon Lice: A Cognitive Ethnography of Knowledge and Material Culture in the Making.
Interview
  • Show author(s) (2018). – Må akseptere at ikke alt fungerer på Helsehuset.
  • Show author(s) (2018). Roboter inn i omsorgstjenesten - Pepper krydrer hverdagen. Roboten Pepper er lett å like, men er det robot-omsorg vi virkelig ønsker oss i framtida?
  • Show author(s) (2018). Helseinnovasjon tema på Innovasjonsfestivalen – Må jobbe sammen for nye løsninger .
Academic chapter/article/Conference paper
  • Show author(s) (2022). Towards a Social VR-based Exergame for Elderly Users: An Exploratory Study of Acceptance, Experiences and Design Principles. 10 pages.
  • Show author(s) (2021). Health Data Management for Nursing Practice: An Intelligent, Holographic Mixed-Reality System.
Errata
  • Show author(s) (2022). Correction to: Improvised use of a digital tool for social interaction in a Norwegian care facility during the COVID-19 pandemic: an exploratory study (BMC Health Services Research, (2022), 22, 1, (136), 10.1186/s12913-022-07526-0). BMC Health Services Research.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Two upcoming conference events for this year: 

Vancouver, March 31, 2016: I'm presenting the paper A Cognitive Ethnography of Material Culture and Distributed Cognition in an Experimental System: The Case of Licelab, at the session on Current Directions in Research on Cognition and Culture arranged by Andrea Bender and Sieghard Beller during this year's Society for Anthropological Sciences/SfAA-meetings in Vancouver, Canada. 

Milan, July, 2016: Together with Dr. Radu Umbres I'm convening a session on Cognitive Anthropology and Cultural Transmission: Legacies and Futures during this year's EASA-meetings (read more here: http://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4249). I'm presenting a paper on Epistemic Actions, Material Culture and Distributed Cognition Among Marine Molecular Biologists. The panel will gather anthropologists interested in applying cognitive, evolutionary and other naturalistic frameworks in the study of a variety of cultural and social phenomena. Milan, Italy will hopefully provide a great environment to discuss these developments with like-minded colleagues over the summer.

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Innovation, cognition and material culture in the lab: some perspectives from the cognitive anthropology of science. Molecular and Computational Biology Research School 2015; 2015-10-20

On the Co-Evolution of Aquaculture, Scientific Knowledge and Salmon Lice. American Anthropological Association 114th Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado; 2015-11-19-20

Book Review - Hallam Stevens' Life Out of Seqence: A Data-Driven History of Bioinformatics (2013). Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology, 2015.(http://somatosphere.net/2015/03/stevens-life-out-of-sequence.html)

Book Review - Terrence W. Deacon's Incomplete Nature: How Mind Emerged From Matter (2013). Somatosphere: Science, Medicine and Anthropology, 2014. (http://somatosphere.net/2014/06/terrence-deacons-incomplete-nature.html)

Thinking about scientific knowledge: perspectives from cognitive anthropology. Molecular and Computational Biology Research School 2014; 2014-09-09.

Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: the case of sea lice research. Lab meeting D-COG HCI-Lab, Dept. of cognitive science, UCSD; 2014-02-28.

Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: the case of sea lice research. Lab meeting for Morana Alac's research group, Communication and Science Studies, University of California - San Diego, 2014-03-10.

Solberg, Mads; Dalvin, Sussie Trine. Communicating and framing salmon lice on the web. SeaLice 2014, Portland, Maine. 2014-09-04.

Thinking about scientific knowledge: perspectives from cognitive anthropology. Molecular and Computational Biology Research School 2013; 2013-09-03.

Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: multimodal interaction in a high-tech research environment. ASFPG Postnormal science workshop 2013; 2013-09-18.

Panelist, Roundtable Disussion. 50th Anniversary of the department seminars, Department of Anthropology at UoB, 2013-05-30.

An introduction to cognitive anthropology. Invited lecture for undergraduates enrolled in RELV312: Religion, evolution and cognition. AHKR, Section for the History of Religions, UoB. Offered on two occasions: 2013-02-09 and 2011-02-28.

Skinnholisme og menneskelig mangfold: refleksjoner omkring det antropologiske prosjekt fra en student. Norsk Antropologisk Forenings Årskonferanse 2011; 2011-05-08.

Managing nature, people and development. Patronage, Confessionalism and Market-Based Conservation in a Lebanese Protected Area. Bergen: Institutt for sosialantropologi, Universitetet i Bergen 2011, 100 s.

Antropologien og det offentlige (‘Anthropology and the public’). With Eva G. Stokke-Dahl in Kula Kula, Nr. 1, 2011.

Mellom bygd og by: Et portrettintervju med Mary Bente Bringslid (‘Between the village and the city: a portrait of Mary Bente Bringslid’) in Kula Kula, Nr. 1, 2011.

Book review: Talking to the Enemy by Scott Atran (2010) in Kula Kula, Nr. 1, 2011.

Book review: The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature by Scott Atran & Douglas Medin (2008) in Kula Kula, Nr. 2, 2009.

Napoleon Chagnon - Antropologiens l'enfant terrible? Presentasjon i forbindelse med filmvisning av The Feast (1969) av Timothy Asch og Napoleon Chagnon. Arrangert av Fagutvalget for Sosialantropologi, UiB. Oktober, 2008.

The working title of my current project is: 

Towards a cognitive ethnography of marine science: the case of sea lice research.

My main advisor is Professor Ståle Knudsen. Professor Matthias Kaiser is my co-supervisor.

Both my undergraduate and master degrees are from the University of Bergen. I majored in anthropology and history of religions with electives in cognitive science in my undergraduate days.

I've been an advisor at the Norwegian Social Science Data Services (now Norwegian Centre for Research Data/Norsk Senter for Forskningsdata). NSD is a resource centre assisting researchers regarding data gathering, data analysis, and issues of methodology, privacy and research ethics. Here I provided services related to data privacy requirements for the national research community, and especially in dealing with the Norwegian Personal Data Act.

My background in this field resulted in an invitation to a task force appointed to stake out the challenging disciplinary-specific terrain surrounding issues of data privacy and research ethics.

As a former professional cook, I also have a peripheral interest in the political ecology of food production and the global food system. The development of aquaculture offers promises, as well as critical challenges, for the future of this system.