Diana Saplacan

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Postal address Postboks 1080 Blindern 0316 Oslo

Academic Career

University of Oslo (2016-present), Oslo Norway

I currently work as a Senior Researcher/Researcher (Forsker II) in the Vulnerability in Robot Society (VIROS) project, in Robotics and Intelligent Systems (ROBIN) Research Group. I took my Ph.D. degree at University of Oslo, in the Design of Information Systems (DESIGN) Research Group. My Ph.D. thesis title is: "Situated abilities: Understanding Everyday Use of ICTs".

My Ph.D. trial lecture title was "The Role of Language-Games in Universal Design: Theoretical and Practical Issues". You can see the full video-lecture here with auto-captions and at the speed you wish.

My research area spans across Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) fields. Universal Design (UD) aspects can be seen orthogonal,as a gold thread, throughout my research.

Current roles:

  • Researcher VIROS (2021-)
  • (Ph.D.) Co-supervisor to Ph.D. Candidate Adel Baselizadeh
  • Reviewer - ARSO, DIS, IDxA Journal, CHI, AltCHI, NordiCHI, CSCW, ACHI, Journal of Web Semantics (robot SW architecture)
  • Member of the Executive Board - The Norwegian Council for Digital Ethics (Norsk Råd for Digital Etikk) (2021-)
  • Member of the dScience Community Forum at University of Oslo (2021-)
  • Member of the Standards Norway Commitee on AI & Ethics (WG3) (2021-) -Currently reviewing the following ISO standards: (1) Risk Management; (2) AI Governance.
  • Member of the IEEE Artificial Intelligence Standards Commitee, SG on Ethical Considerations of Cognitive Robots for Enhancing Human Efficacy

Previous roles:

  • Ph.D. Candidate (2016-2020).
  • UDFeed project coordinator (2017-2019)
  • Member of the Advisory Board - UiODoc (2018-2020)
  • Program Committee Member - Research Bazaar (2018-2019)
  • Reviewer - IDxA Journal, NordiCHI, CHI, AltCHI, CSCW, ACHI
  • NordiCHI SV chair - responsible for the recruitment of SV's (2018)
  • Deputy Representative - University of Oslo Central Electoral Board (vara) (August 2018- July 2019) / Representanter for de midlertidig vitenskapelig ansatte i det sentrale valgstyret
  • Member of the Executive Committee Board UiODoc - Secretary of the Executive Commitee (May 2017-May 2018)
  • Member of the National Association of Doctoral Organizations in Norway (Stipendiatorganisajonena i Norge) (May 2017 - April 2018)

Previous projects and research:

  • Multimodal Elderly Care Systems (MECS), focus on Situated Abilities and parts of SDG3. My research here is influenced by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), and Computer-Supportive-Cooperative Work (CSCW) fields.
  • Universal Design in Higher Education (UDFeed), focus on Situated Abilities and parts of SDG3 and SDG4. My research here is influenced by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer-Supportive-Cooperative Work (CSCW)/Computer-Supportive-Cooperative-Learning (CSCL) fields. 
  • Universal Design and the salutogenic concept that I have coined, namely of Situated Abilities, is present in both projects.


  • Best Paper Award, ACHI - IARIA (2018, 2020)
  • Best Student Award, Kristianstad University, Sweden (2013)
  • Best Student Award, Kristianstad University, Sweden (2009-2012)



Cross-disciplinary collaborations at UiO:

Other international participation

Some of the media apparitions:

Kristianstad University (2013-2020), Kristianstad, Sweden

  • Lecturer in Computer Science (2013-2020, on leave during my Ph.D. fellowship)
  • Project facilitator and Demola representative at Kristianstad University (2014) - cross-disciplinary project

Other international participation:

  • Linnaeus-Palme - design of exchange programme - Kristianstad University - Ubaya University, Surabaya, Indonesia  (September, 2016)
  • World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) @ITU, Geneva,Switzerland (May, 2016)
  • ABI.local Amsterdam @Google, Amsterdam, Netherlands (April, 2016)

Part of the following research projects:


Academia-Industry cooperation:

  • HKr Sweden-Demola Oulu Finland (2015-2016) - ZEF
  • HKr-Mobile Heights (2015-2016)
  • Active Ageing (Vinnova project) (2014-2016)
  • Universal Design for Learning (2016) 

For more positions, outside of academia, please visit my Linkedin webpage.

Extra curriculum courses that were taken so far:

Project Management:

  • IT Project Management - Malmö University (7.5 ECTS), DA367A
  • Leadership and coaching - a modern way of tutoring - Uppsala University (7.5 ECTS), 1TG208
  • Individuals and Teams in Projects, Karlstad University (7.5 ECTS), PLGA03
  • Personal and Professional Development, Kristianstad University (7.5 ECTS), PA1580
  • Time Management for Personal and Professional Productivity-University of California, Irvine, Coursera

Pedagogical courses:

  • ICT and pedagogy for dual mode and distributed courses - Kristianstad University (7.5 ECTS), PE1952

  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education - Kristianstad University (7.5 ECTS), PE1982

  • Main pedagogical course for PhD's and PostDocs/Fellesdelen for stipendiater og postdocs, University of Oslo, 2017

  • Problem based learning/ problembasert læring/ problembaserad lärande, UiO, 2017


  • NABC - 5 Disciplines of Innovation (5DOI) - ALMI Företagspartner Sweden, licensed by Stanford Research Institute International

Action research:

  • Participatory Action Research - Kristianstad University (3 ECTS - Research Level)

  • Participatory Research - Mälardalen University - focus on technology for the elderly (7.5 ECTS - Research Level)


  • C#, Kristianstad University (7.5 ECTS), DA5621

Tags: human-robot interaction, universal design, situated abilities, healthcare robots
Published Dec. 9, 2016 11:49 AM - Last modified Sep. 13, 2021 4:27 PM