Four PhD positions in research project in the Center for Computational Thinking and Design, AU

Deadline is 1. Nov. 2019.

The Center for Computational Thinking and Design ( and the Dept. for Digital Design and Information Studies, and Dept of Computer Science at Aarhus University invites applications for 4 fully funded interdisciplinary PhD scholarships in Computational Empowerment for Emerging Technologies in Education. The PhD scholarships begin 1. February 2020 to 31. January 2023. 

Computational Empowerment is an emerging field of research that focuses on how citizens and especially children and adolescents, with a deeper understanding of technology and computation, can engage actively in the design, construction and use of digital technology to support their personal agency in a digitalized society. We are interested in learning activities that include design, computational thinking, digital making, toolkits for emerging technologies, critical reflection, understanding people’s contexts and the societal impact of digital technology as contributing to computational empowerment. The project focuses on emerging technologies such as AI, Machine learning, and Internet of Things, i.e. technologies which deeply impact our current and future use of digital technologies, but are hard to understand, explore and change. The candidates will build on participatory design research, social research, computer science and learning sciences approaches and conduct experimental design research in Danish secondary schools to develop a framework and toolkits for computational empowerment for emerging technologies in education.

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