Stockholm Technology & Interaction Research (STIR)
The STIR group brings together a mix of technologists and social scientists. Together, we research and build new digital technologies. Our work is situated within the Human–Computer Interaction field.
The city traffic is a social environment where humans interact with new and older technology. Photo: Anna Chaplygina/Mostphotos.
The Stockholm Technology & Interaction Research (STIR) group is led by three faculty members: Professor Barry Brown, Associate Professor Airi Lampinen and Assistant Professor Donald McMillan.
Our research engages with technology use as it unfolds in social settings. Recently, we have worked in domains such as digital health, mobility, feminist cybersecurity, economic encounters, speech agents, and video-mediated interactions.
Working with humans is incredibly difficult for robots. This project aims to develop new ways for robots and intelligent agents to understand, interact with, and adapt to the complex and collaborative ways we humans work together to get through our everyday lives.
While there has been fast and rapid progress in terms of the development of self driving vehicles, these new technologies have also been controversially involved in a number of fatal accidents. This project studies the “social order” of traffic. What happens when artificial and human intelligence meet on the road?
There is an increasing trend towards organizing economic and social exchange with the help of online platforms. The transportation service Uber and the short-term rental service Airbnb are two examples. This project focuses on economic encounters in relation to these new marketplaces.
Would you like to share a car with your neighbors, or have a total stranger sleeping in your spare room? If your answer is yes – does your family agree? DSV researcher Airi Lampinen studies interpersonal aspects of the hyped sharing economy.