Morten Fjeld is a professor of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Bergen (Norway) and Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden). His research activities are situated in the field of Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on tangible and tabletop user computing. In 2005, he founded the t2i Interaction Lab at Chalmers, Sweden. He holds a dual MSc degree in applied mathematics from NTNU (Trondheim, Norway) and ENSIMAG (Grenoble, France), and a PhD from ETH (Zurich, Switzerland). In 2002, Morten Fjeld received the ETH Medal for his PhD titled "Designing for Tangible Interaction". In 2011, he was a visiting professor at NUS Singapore, in 2016 and 2017 at Tohoku University, Japan, and in 2019 to 2020 at ETH Zurich. Morten Fjeld also has extensive industrial experience in the areas of fluid mechanics, simulators, and user interface design.
During the last 10 years, he has led 12 projects from national funding agents in Norway (RCN), Sweden (VR, VINNOVA, STINT, SSF, Wallenberg; EUREKA), Switzerland (SNSF, Innosuisse), Singapore (MD/MCI, NUS), and Japan (JST, JSPS). He has also secured Horizon 2020 funding for three Marie Skłodowska Curie Action grants (agreement nos. 290227, 676063, and 764902). Within current research projects, Fjeld is a cluster leader in the Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program (WASP) program, where he spearheads the area “Interaction and Communication with Sensor-Rich Autonomous Agent”.
In 2007, Fjeld initiated the renowned ACM conference series on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS). ISS was originally sponsored by IEEE and called at that time TableTop. In 2017, he was general chair for ACM VRST, which then attracted a record number of participants. He is the leader of the VRST conference steering committee. Both ISS and VRST have drawn significant industrial funding to the research communities of which Fjeld is a member. As a leader in the CHI community, Fjeld has been an Associate Chair (AC) and a Subcommittee Chair (SC) at ACM CHI for several years, indicating strong leadership in the ACM CHI community. He gave an invited demonstration at EUROGRAPHICS 2015 and invited keynotes at ACM NordiCHI 2016 and VRST 2017.
2019 – 2020: Visiting Professor, IWF, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
2016 – 2017: Adjunct Professor, RIEC, Tohoku University, Japan
2011 – 2012: Visiting Professor, NUS Singapore, Singapore
2006 – 2008: Adjunct Professor, University of Zurich, Switzerland
2001 – 2002: Postdoctoral Associate, University of California, Irvine, USA
2000 – 2001: Scholar at the Collegium Helveticum at the Univ. of Zurich and ETH
BSc and MSc-level: Interaction design, research methods, University of Bergen, Norway
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Research Topics in Human-Computer Interaction
Research Design and Field Studies
Master's Thesis in Interaction and Media Design
2011—2012: MSc-level: Evaluation Methodology; Computer Science, NUS Singapore
2006—2008: MSc-level: Human-Computer Interaction, Zurich University; Switzerland
Morten Fjeld is a Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher whose productivity and international reach in both industry and academia have made him a recognized leader in his field. With his multilingual abilities and international leadership record in both industrial project work and academia, Fjeld is uniquely equipped to lead dynamic international teams of HCI researchers.
1997–2001: PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, ETH Medal, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
1985–1990: MSc in Applied Mathematics, NTNU, Norway
1989–1990: 3eme année in Applied Mathematics, ENSIMAG/INPG, France
At UiB, Fjeld is the WP-leader of the WP4 on Media Content Interaction & Accessibility at the Research Centre for Responsible Media Technology & Innovation. He is also the WP-leader for Wearables and Application Development in a project recently granted by Research Council of Norway: Collaborative Project "ANeED Joint Effort 21: eHealth and a PPI-program in Dementia with Lewybodies (DLB)", directed by Prof. Arvid Rongve. In collaboraiton with Prof. Bjørn Sætrevik at UiB and Prof. Kjetil Nordby at AHO, Fjeld co-PIs a project on "Enhancing collaboration and shared understanding through implementing AR features in bridge design", generously funded by the UiB area of Marine Research.
At Chalmers, Fjeld PIs WASP-HS project called The rise of social drones: A constructive design research agenda, a team of six researchers (three seniors, a Postdoc, and two PhD-students) address the implications of drones as they become increasingly ubiquitous in our everyday lives. In addition to their most common usage in aerial photography, drones are predicted to become highly important in supporting people with disabilities. Within this project, Fjeld’s team will be investigating how social drones are best used and regulated in order to benefit individuals and society as a whole.
Fjeld is a PI within the finalized Marie Skłodowska Curie ITN “Data Intensive Visualization and Analysis (DIVA)” (grant no. 290227) and the ongoing ITN “Smart tomographic sensors for advanced industrial process control (TOMOCON)” (grant no. 764902). In these projects, Fjeld was and is pioneering the synergetic use of intelligent interactive visualization within the emerging field of industrial process control, using smart tomographic sensors (https://www.tomocon.eu/). TOMOCON involves global industry leaders, including Primetals Technologies Austria GmbH (AU), Siemens AG (DE), Linde AG (DE), Total S.A. (FR), Tata Steel Nederland Technology B.V. (NL), Shell Global Solutions International B.V. (NL), DuPont Ltd. (FIN), and Sulzer Chemtech AG (CH). Through the knowledge he brings to this consortium, the partner industries can foster their leadership through visually based, intelligent analysis of energy and material flows. Taking this to a higher level of innovation drawing on an ITN “Deictic Communication (DCOMM)” (grant no. 676063), which was finalized spring 2020, users’ collaborative gestures and postures can help create actionable scenarios for industrial collaboration.
Appointments and service
2021: Program chair of ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS), Nov. 2021, Łódź, Poland
2020: Program chair of AMC Human-Agent Interaction (HAI), Nov. 2020, Sydney, Australia
2017: General chair of ACM VRST 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden, 350 participants
2016: Program chair, AMC NordiCHI 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden, 500 participants
2014: General chair, Chalmers Seminar on Big Data, 2 days, 500 participants, Gothenburg
2014: Chair, Eurographics SIGRAD annual conference, Sweden