Present positions

  • Professor in Human Computer Interaction at KTH Royal Institute of Technology since February 2009.
  • Dean of the School of Computer Science and Communication, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden since January 2011.
  • Chairman of the board at the Swedish Government’s Digital Commission since 2012
  • Digital Champion of Sweden since 2012
  • Vice president of Jan Gulliksen Usability Design AB since 1999.

As dean of the School of Computer Science and Communication at KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Jan is in charge of a school comprising 343 employed staff, a turnaround of 350 Mkr annually, educating about 1200 students each year. Jan currently supervise 8 PhD students, another 8 has graduated under his main supervision and teach various courses in Human Computer Interaction, Usability and User-Centred Design at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Jan conducts multidisciplinary research on Usability, Accessibility and Usercentred Design. The research is based on Technology, Human sciences and Design.


  • Recruited as professor of Human Computer Interaction (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) 2009.
  • Promoted to professor in Human Computer Interaction (Uppsala university) 2005.
  • Associate professor (docent) in Human Computer Interaction (Uppsala university) 2000.
  • PhD (Technical Doctor) in Systems analysis (Uppsala university) 1996. Thesis title: Designing For Usability – Domain Specific Human Computer Interfaces In Working Life.
  • MSc (Master of Science) in Engineering Physics (Uppsala university) 1991.


  • 2009-ongoing Professor in Human Computer Interaction, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm
  • 2008-2010 Usability Designer and Management consultant at Frontwalker/IT-arkitekterna.
  • 2005-2010 Professor in Human Computer Interaction, Uppsala University
  • 1998-2005 Assistant professor in Human Computer Interaction, Uppsala University
  • 1997-2002 part time guest researcher at CID (Centre for user-oriented IT-design) at KTH
  • 1996-1998 researcher at CMD (Center for Human-Computer Studies) at Uppsala University
  • 1991-1996 PhD student at Department of technology, Uppsala university

Management experiences
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Dean of the School of Computer Science and Communication (staff responsibility for 350 people) since 2011 at KTH
  • Member of the Management board of KTH (KTHs ledningsgrupp) since 2011
  • Head of Department of Human Computer Interaction (staff responsibility for 45 people) 2009-2011 at KTH
  • Board member of Parallel Computing Centre (PDC) at KTH since 2011
  • Board member of EIT (European Institute of Technology and Inovation) ICT Labs Stockholm node since 2010
  • Board member of the Centre for Sustainable Communication (CeSC) at KTH since 2009 Uppsala university
  • NITA – Chairman of the board of NITA (Swedish National IT User centre) 1999-2009
  • Member of the board of the Uppsala Center for Research on Disabilities 2003-2008
  • Headmaster of education (studierektor) in Human Computer Interaction at department of Information Technology, 1997-2007
  • Member of the Board of the Department of Information Technology 2000-2004


  • Chairman of the board of STIMDI (Swedish Interdisciplinary Interest Group on HCI) 1999-2001, 2006-2007.
  • Chairman and founder of NordiCHI (Nordic cooperation on Human Computer Interaction) and the NordiCHI conference series running biannually since 2000 and now known to be the largest regional HCI conference.Education experiences
  • Headmaster of education (studierektor) in Human Computer Interaction at department of Information Technology, 1997-2007
  • Co-founder of the Masters program in Human Computer Interaction starting at Uppsala university in 2006
  • Developed the course curriculum in Human Computer Interaction from one course to 14 independent courses.
  • Have delivered courses in Human computer interaction, Design of user interfaces, user centred design, etc.
  • Excellent course evaluations
  • Several projects on pedagogical development funded by the BASTU program
  • Have presented several graduate courses in Action research, Research methods in HCI, etc. at KTH and Uppsala university
  • Developed the Doctoral program in Mediated communication at KTH
  • Nominated as best supervisor

On-going and graduated doctoral students
Currently 8 on-going PhD students as main supervisor; Hans Persson – industrial PhD student from the Institute of Humane Technology in Bollnäs (graduating 2011), Marta Kristin Larusdottir – external PhD student from Reykjavik university (graduating 2012), Helena Tobiasson (graduating 2013), Alexander Arvei Yngling – external PhD student from Høyskolen i Oslo (graduating 2014), Elina Eriksson (on parental leave, expected graduation in 2012), Anders Lundström (just started), Jonas Forsslund on leave at Stanford (just started), Sten Olof Hellström (about to graduate at university of Herfordshire).

Previous graduations

  • Helena Tobiasson (February 2011) There’s More to Movement than Meets the Eye (Licentiate)
  • Åsa Cajander (May 2010) Usability – Who cares. Introducing User-centred systems design in a public authority (PhD)
  • Elina Eriksson (October 2009) Making Sense of Usability – Organizational Change and Sensemaking when Introducing User-Centred Systems Design in Public Authorities (Licentiate)
  • Marta Lárusdóttir (October 2009) Listen to Your Users – The Effect of Usability Evaluation on Software Development Practice (Licentiate)
  • Stefan Blomkvist (December 2006) User-centred design and agile development of IT Systems (Licentiate)
  • Inger Boivie (October 2005) A fine balance – Addressing usability and users’ needs in the development of IT systems for the workplace (PhD)
  • Bengt Göransson (June 2004) User centered systems design – Designing usable interactive systems in practice (PhD)
  • Eva Olsson (June 2004) Designing work support systems – for and with skilled users. (PhD)

Expert assignments and memberships

  • ISO – Swedish expert in International Organisation for Standardization – ISO TC 159/SC 4/ WG 5 on ”Software ergonomics and human computer dialogues” and WG 6 ”Human-centred design process for interactive systems” since 1997
  • IFIP – Chairman of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) TC 13 on Human Computer Interaction from 2010. Awarded the IFIP silver core award 2007. General chair of INTERACT 2009 in Uppsala, Sweden. Vice Chairman of IFIP WG 13.2 ”Methodologies for User Centered Systems Design” (Chairman 1999-2007). Member of IFIP 13.1 on HCI education and HCI curriculum and WG 13.3 on HCI and disabilities.
  • Member of the Swedish Computer Society since 2007
  • Member of ACM SIGCHI (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction) since 1997
  • Member of program and organisational committees of several international conferences including CHI, INTERACT, NordiCHI, HCI.
  • Scientific Editorial Board member of the International Journals: Interacting with Computers and Universal Access in the Information Society. Reviewer of major textbooks for Springer, Wiley and Pearson Education. Reviewer for Communications of the ACM, Behaviour and Information Technology, IEEE Software Process Improvement and Practice, IEEE Journal on Software Engineering, etc.
  • Member of the program committee of FAS (Forskningsrådet för Arbetsliv och Socialvetenskap) since 2010
  • Review and assessment of professorships, associate or assistant professorships in Sweden, UK, South Africa, Canada, Denmark, Finland and Norway. Opponent and/or examination committee member for 13 PhD’s in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Australia. Reviewer of grant proposals from FAS (Forskningsrådet för Arbetsliv och Socialvetenskap), Vetenskapsrådet, STINT, Vinnova, the Norwegian research council, Canadian research council, etc.