ABOUT

Project

The ViSmedia project investigates how the adoption and innovation of visual surveillance technologies in the news media might be optimized, and how such optimization can be done in ways that incorporate and integrate high quality journalism and societal responsibility. The project is interdisciplinary, and the core group of researchers includes social scientists and information scientists from Norway, USA, and Finland.

Venue

The ViSmedia project springs out of interdisciplinary research approaches at the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Norway. The project is connected to NCE Media (National Centre of Excellence), NCE Media and the Norwegian media cluster Media City Bergen. Several research activities, including seminars and workshops, will take place in Media City Bergen.

Framework

The project ViSmedia builds on the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework developed by the European Union. The project investigates opportunities and dilemmas of adoption, innovation, and use of new visual surveillance technologies in the news media. ViSmedia is financed by the Norwegian Research Council’s program SAMANSVAR (2015/2019). Principal Investigator is professor Astrid Gynnild, University of Bergen. Astrid Gynnild.

 

RESEARCHERS

Astrid Gynnild

Astrid Gynnild

Principal Investigator, ViSmedia. Professor of Journalism and Media Studies in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen. Gynnild is the head of the Journalism program.

Gynnild researches visual surveillance, new technologies, and journalism innovation.  She has a special interest in creativity and productivity of journalistic work processing, and explores Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Lars Nyre

Lars Nyre

Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

As an experienced lecturer in new media, Nyre specializes in media design research.  He collaborates with colleagues on building and testing media prototypes, and has published widely from his experiments. Nyre addresses issues relevant to the emerging paradigm of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Frode Guribye

Frode Guribye

Associate professor of Information Science in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

His fields of interest are technology-enhanced learning, human-computer interaction, and interaction design.  Throughout his career, Guribye has been devoted to understanding the practical circumstances and implications of adopting ICT in different settings through ethnographic work and design studies.

Bjørnar Tessem

Bjørnar Tessem

Professor of Information Science in the Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

His research interests include empirical studies of social relations in software development teams, support tools for software development, artificial intelligence methods such as Bayesian networks, analogical reasoning, machine learning, and semantic technologies, and mobile technologies with an emphasis on location based content in journalism.

Martin Eide

Martin Eide

Professor, dr. philos. Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Eide investigates the relative merits of different media accountability systems. He will also study how the increasing presence of the amateur, user generated content, and citizen journalists provide new challenges for the professional framework of journalism.

Øyvind Vågnes

Øyvind Vågnes

Associate Professor, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

In addition to his scholarly work, which earned him a nomination for a PROSE Award for his book Zaprudered: The Kennedy Assassination Film in Visual Culture (University of Texas Press, 2011), Vågnes has published four novels in his native Norwegian and has wide experience as an editor of journals and anthologies.

Turo Uskali

Turo Uskali

PhD, Head of Journalism at the Department of Communication, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Uskali heads several research projects focusing on innovations in journalism. Uskali has authored or coauthored seven books about the evolution of journalism and media industries. His research has been published recently in Digital Journalism, Mass Communication Educator, and The Journal of Media Innovations.

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Nicholas Diakopoulos

Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park Philip Merrill College of Journalism

He is the Director of the Computational Journalism Lab at UMD, and is an Associate Professor II at the University of Bergen Department of Information Science and Media Studies. His research is in computational and data journalism with emphases on algorithmic accountability and social computing in the news.

Paul Adams

Paul Adams

Professor of Geography, University of Texas at Austin.

His research develops theoretical foundations for interdisciplinary research on communication and geography. He is currently undertaking two major projects: one applying techniques of critical cartography to maps of migration flows into Europe, the other exploring risks of tracking and surveillance associated with mobile telecommunications and location-based services.

Deborah Johnson

Deborah Johnson

Prefessor, University of Virginia

She is the Anne Shirley Carter Olsson Professor of Applied Ethics in the Science, Technology, and Society Program. Best known for her work on computer ethics and engineering ethics, Johnson’s research examines the ethical, social, and policy implications of technology, especially information technology.

Anja Salzmann

Anja Salzmann

PhD, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Salzmann is a PhD fellow at the ViSmedia-project. She holds a master’s degree in Applied Media Sciences from the Ilmenau University of Technology in Germany. Salzmann has worked as a senior teacher for media courses at a Norwegian high school, and as an assistant for several research groups at the University of Bergen. She also has experience as a journalist as well as in market communication.

Thomas Wold

Thomas Wold

Postdoctoral researcher, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

Wold holds a PhD in Safety Management and Communication in high-risk industries from the Department of Psychology at NTNU. He has also done research on young people and media behavior, pro-anorexia and journalist behavior on social media. He is currently investigating user-generated content from social media in the news and the ethical dilemmas related to visual media exposure of ordinary citizens.

Joar Midtun

Joar Midtun

Scientific Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Midtun holds a bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Science at the University of Bergen. He is currently writing his master thesis in information science where he is working with artificial intelligence, specifically computer vision and machine learning. He is also a co-founder of a developer firm with its origin from the University of Bergen.

Simen Karlsen

Simen Karlsen

Scientific Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Karlsen is a Master’s student in Information Science, working with AI techniques in several different fields, including data mining, computer vision and text analysis. He is also a co-founder of a local tech-startup in Bergen.

Magnus Ekeli Mullis

Magnus Ekeli Mullis

Research Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Mullis is currently on his last semester of a bachelor’s degree in Journalism at the University of Bergen. He has a broad range of experience from several newspapers, and has a special interest in storytelling, innovative journalism and politics.

Joakim Vindenes

Joakim Vindenes

Research Assistant, Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen.

Joakim has just finished his master’s thesis in Information Science, focusing on Virtual Reality (VR). His main interests are use of VR in learning and use of 360 video in journalism.

ADVISORY BOARD

Jenny Klinge

Jenny Klinge

Jenny Klinge is a Centre Party member of the Norwegian Parliament.  She works on a spectrum of issues from children’s rights to transport and communications.  She is concerned that laws and regulations are carried out and upheld in such a way that balance is established between individuals’ rights and privacy and the nation’s needs to regulate such rights.

Åke Refsdal Moe

Åke Refsdal Moe

Project Director at the Norwegian Board of Technology

Åke Refsdal Moe is Project Director at the Norwegian Board of Technology (NBT), an independent body for technology assessment advising the Norwegian Parliament and other governmental bodies. A former researcher and lecturer on technology and society at the University of Oslo, Åke currently heads NBT’s projects on Responsible Robotics, Foresight and anticipatory processes and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Nils E. Øy

Nils E. Øy

Nils. E. Oy is the special advisor to the Norwegian Press Association involved in the permission to access information. A former dean of the Institute of Journalism,  he served as the Secretary-General to the Norwegian Association of Editors for 17 years. He is an Associate Professor II in Journalism at Volda College-University and has authored books on media law.  He was awarded the Free Speech Honor in 2013.