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- 4674 3702 (office)
- house 10.2 (second floor)

Page updated May 5th, 2020.


I am associate professor at the computer science department at RUC. My main interests are technology theory and it security.

I teach courses and supervise projects at Computer Science, Informatics and humtek. Humtek is RUC's interdisciplinary bachelor program in technology and design.

Before coming to RUC in 2001, I was at Copenhagen Business School, and before that at Nokia. My ph.d. degree from 1992 is in computer science. Before I became a computer nerd I studied math and cultural sociology.

Research profile:
  • History of encryption, technology theory

    The papers Open encryption technology: A contribution to a meso-level analysis of 'technical' factors (First Nordic STS Conference, Trondheim, 2013), and Open encryption technology and social movements (Cryptologic History Symposium, Maryland, 2013) discuss the development of encryption technology in the 1990s. They ask how open and strong encryption became the dominant paradigm, as exemplified by the standardization in 2001 of the Rijndael encryption algorithm and the selection of open algorithms for the GSM 3rd Generation project in 1999. This was a shift in paradigm in comparison to the weak and closed or semi-closed encryption algorithms, such as DES, that dominated in the 80s and 90s. Currently I am studying the Chaos Computer Club's cloning of a GSM mobile phone in 1998, and how it contributed to the paradigm shift.

  • Design methods

    The paper Electric vehicle design, co-authored with Thomas Budde Christensen and published in Simonsen et al. (Eds) Situated Design Methods (MIT Press, 2014), studies how electric vehicles are developed using a hybrid design method, with iterative and phased elements, and whether this is an obstacle to electric vehicle proliferation. On the one hand, a phased approach, where design completion precedes the construction of an automated production plant, is required for lowering the sales price of a new electric vehicle, in the same was as for ordinary combustion engine cars. On the other hand, this requires planning for years ahead. The paper's case study of the Renault Fluence E.V. indicates that the car's battery swifting technology became obsolete already a year after the launch of the car, as indicated by the bankrupcy in 2013 of Better Place, the company that was supposed to carry that technology to market.

  • Exemplary learning

    The paper Exemplary learning in design studies in Lone Krog, Annie Aarup Jensen (eds) Visions, Challenges and Strategies for Problem-Based Learning (2013) discusses strengths and limits of applying Wagenschein and Negt's theories of exemplary learning to design studies.

  • Publication list.
Teaching profile:
  • Humtek

    At the humtek bachelor program, I teach the course "Technological Systems and Artefacts". The course introduces to the technical dimension of humtek. The course is taught at the first semester at humtek.

  • Computer Science and Informatics

    At Computer Science and Informatics, my main tasks are teaching and supervising student projects related to security.

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