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Markus Bylund is a senior scientist at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science. Bylund holds a PhD (2005) in Computer and Systems Sciences from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. He received both his MSc (1999) and PhLic (2001) from Uppsala University, Sweden, in part based on studies (1996-1997) from the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU), USA.

Some of Bylund's thoughts, in particular regarding privacy, can be found in essay form on Markus tankar. On occasion, Bylund shares his opinions about the information society in general on Masudabreven (both in Swedish).


The research interests of Bylund lies within the fields of Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, including aspects of the user experience, the context of use, and technical requirements.
Since about 2001, Bylund has developed a strong interest in the concept of privacy and its relationship to information and communication technologies (ICT). In particular, he is interested in creating an understanding of privacy that is useful for guiding the development of not only novel ICT, but also policies, regulations, and associated mechanisms. This is reflected in most of his current research activities.

Current projects

Secure and robust personal information-based computing (Solid), 2006-2009 (Project Manager).
The goal of the Solid project is to create concrete mechanisms for making information and communication technology (ICT) more secure and robust. In particular, the project will emphasize that neither security nor robustness is achieved as a result of single mechanisms. Rather, this is realized as a result of whole chains of mechanisms concerning everything from user experience to information handling algorithms. With as a backdrop, the project will focus on improving weak links for creating secure and robust solutions for personal information- based ICT services.
Solid has been awarded SEK 3.600.000 in funding from VINNOVA.
, Arenan for Digitala Tjanster i Stockholm, Kenet Works, Asimus, Superlocal, and Wyatt Media Group participate and co-finance the project.

Privacy in the Making (Prima), 2006-2010 (Project Manager).
The main goal of the PRIMA project is to provide concrete means to successfully guide and manage privacy in the context of future information and communication technologies. Based on an interdisciplinary Nordic and North-American network of experts within the disciplines of computer science, social science, and law, this will be achieved by collaboration with related projects in which the partners of the project consortium are active. The main deliverables of the project will be mockups and prototypes intended as concrete illustrations of both challenges of privacy in relation to future information technologies, and mechanisms for handling them.
Prima has been awarded DKK 4.800.000 by Nordunet3.

Previous projects

ADAPT, 2001-2004 (Project Manager, Technical work with programming and design).
ADAPT project investigated automatic adaptation of services in open systems (e.g. the World Wide Web) as a means to meeting the challenges that diverse user groups and sets of devices pose to service providers. The project treated general aspects of automatic adaptation in open systems to some degree, but the emphasis was placed on two areas: adapting towards preferences of users and adapting towards properties of devices.

SAITS, 2002-2005 (Project Manager, Analysis and design).
The SAITS project investigated the meaning and significance of the term privacy in emerging IT environments, how the technological development creates privacy risks as well as possibilities to protect and enhance privacy, and how regulations can control how different actors behaves in IT environments. The project involved three partners with expertise in computer science, law, and civil rights, as well as an active reference group consisting of over a dozen participants representing industry and government organizations. The direct results of the SAITS project were in the form of reports and public seminars and workshops that described privacy from a number of viewpoints. During its three years the project produced three workshops, 15 seminars, and more than 60 professional articles (two thirds in daily press).

AWARE, 2003-2004 (Project Manager, Analysis and design).
In collaboration with SUN Microsystems, we conducted two studies of the relationship between information and communication technology use and the user context. The studies revealed that users of information and communication technologies are very much aware of privacy issues related to these technologies. While this is well in line with literature on the topic, the results also indicate a width in interpreting privacy that is rarely acknowledged in the current discourse.

TAP, 2001-2004 (Technical work with programming and design).
The TAP project makes agent technology and other forms of autonomous software accessible to the public through live applications. The first live case is trading agents, which represents assistant software. The second live case is controlling the spread of communicable infectious diseases, which represents agent-based social simulation. In a similar manner, future live cases will capture portions of established technologies in this area of research, always with an eye on practical employment.

thinkWearable, 2002-2003 (Analysis and design, Technical work with programming and design).
The thinkWearable project served two purposes: first, it was a graduate course for graduate students at the Royal Institute of Technology and Stockholm University. Second, it was a prototype for a bridge between the academic research world and industry. As such it sought to combine findings in wearable and ubiquitous computing with innovative industrial design and business models in order to face future challenges of mobile systems.

FEEL, 2001-2002 (Technical work with programming and design).
The main objective of the FEEL project is to deal with the problem of the intrusiveness of today's mobile technology and how work in local environments can be enhanced by introducing the idea of non-intrusive services realised partly by disappearing computer environments.

sView, 1999-2002 (Supervising students, Technical work with programming and design of the sView framework).
The sView project aims at providing a framework for service-user interaction. Compared to traditional techniques for mediation of service-user interaction (e.g. the WWW), sView brings support for continuous interaction sessions, use of multiple types of devices, network independence, and personalization.

FamilyLink, 2000 (Technical work with programming and design).
The HUMLE laboratory was engaged in a joint research project with Ericsson Research that focused on information technologies for the family. The project concerned communication, sharing of common information, and other family based services, on both a conceptual and a technical level.

KIMSAC, 1997-1998 (Technical work with programming and design of an autonomous agent for automatic adaptation of web kiosk content).
KIMSAC was a three year long EU ACTS sponsored project aiming at enhancing the usability of kiosk-based information services through the application of, among others, autonomous agent technologies.

ConCall, 1998 (Technical work with programming and design of a framework for connecting a number of electronic services to a common user interface.).
ConCall is an agent-based system that implements a design for web-based, user adaptive information services supported by human expert editors.


Peer reviewed paper in journals and conferences

Eric-Oluf Svee, Pedro Sanches, and Markus Bylund, "Time Geography Rediscovered: A Common Language for Location-Oriented Services", In Proceeding of the Second International Workshop on Location and the Web (Boston, MA, USA, April 3, 2009), LocWeb 2009, ACM, New York, NY, 36-39.

Markus Bylund, Jussi Karlgren, Fredrik Olsson, Pedro Sanches, and Carl-Henrik Arvidsson, "Mirroring your web presence", In Proceeding of the 2008 ACM Workshop on Search in Social Media (Napa Valley, California, USA, October 30 - 30, 2008), SSM '08, ACM, New York, NY, 87-90.

Markus Bylund, Kristina Höök, and Alina Pommeranz, "Pieces of identity", In Proceedings of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer interaction: Building Bridges (Lund, Sweden, October 20 - 22, 2008), NordiCHI '08, vol. 358. ACM, New York, NY, 427-430.

Stina Nylander, Markus Bylund, and Annika Waern, "Ubiquitous service access through adapted user interfaces on multiple devices", Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, vol. 9, nb. 3, pp. 123-133, 2005

Zary Segall, Markus Bylund, Nikolaus Frank, and Cecilia Frank, "The aWare Messenger - A case-study in Mobile Human Aware Computing", In Proceedings of Mobility'2004, Singapore, August 2-4, 2004

Markus Bylund and Zary Segall, "Towards Seamless Mobility with Personal Servers", INFO - The Journal of policy, regulation and strategy for telecommunications, vol. 6, nb. 3, 2004

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Stina Nylander, Markus Bylund, and Magnus Boman, "Mobile Access to Real-Time Information - The case of Autonomous Stock Brokering", Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, vol. 8, nb. 1, pp. 42-46, 2004

Stina Nylander, Markus Bylund, and Annika Waern, "The Ubiquitous Interactor - Device Independent Access to Mobile Services", In proceedings of the conference on Computer Aided Design of User Interfaces (CADUI'2004), Island Madeira, Portugal, January 13-16, 2004

Stina Nylander and Markus Bylund, "The Ubiquitous Interactor: Universal Access to Mobile Services", presented at Universal Access to the Mobile World, invited session at HCII'2003, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2003

Markus Bylund and Zary Segall, "Seamless Mobility with Personal Servers", In Proceedings of the Stockholm Mobility Roundtable'2003, Stockholm, Sweden, May 22-23, 2003

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Stina Nylander and Markus Bylund, "Providing device independence to mobile services", In Lecture Notes in Computer Science 2615, N. Carbonelle and C. Stephanidis, Eds., Springer-Verlag, pp. 465-473, 2003

Stina Nylander and Markus Bylund, "Mobile services for many different devices", In Proceedings of the 16th British HCI Group Annual Conference, London, UK, September 2-6, 2002 (same as above)

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Magnus Boman, Markus Bylund, Fredrik Espinoza, Mats Danielson, and David Lybäck, "Trading Agents for Roaming Users", Presented at the Tokyo Mobile Roundtable, Tokyo, Japan, May 30-31, 2002

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Fredrik Espinoza, Per Persson, Anna Sandin, Hanna Nyström, Elenor Cacciatore, and Markus Bylund, "GeoNotes: Social and Navigational Aspects of Location-Based Information Systems", in Abowd, Brumitt & Shafer (eds.) Ubicomp 2001: Ubiquitous Computing, International Conference, Atlanta, Georgia, September 30 - October 2, Berlin: Springer, 2001, pp. 2-17

Markus Bylund and Fredrik Espinoza, "Using Quake III Arena to Simulate Sensors and Actuators when Evaluating and Testing Mobile Services", In Proceedings of the CHI 2001 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, March31-April 5, 2001

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Markus Bylund and Fredrik Espinoza, "sView - Personal Service Interaction", In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on The Practical Applications of Intelligent Agents and Multi-Agent Technology, April 10-12, 2000

Markus Bylund and Annika Waern, "Service Contracts: Coordination of User-Adaptation in Open Service Architectures", Personal Technologies, vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 188-199, 1998

Markus Bylund and Annika Waern, "Adaptation Agents: Providing Uniform Adaptations in Open Service Architectures", Proceedings of the 3rd ERCIM Workshop on User Interfaces for All, November 3-4, 1997

Dissertations and theses

Markus Bylund, "A Design Rationale for Pervasive Computing - User Experience, Contextual Change, and Technical Requirements", PhD dissertation, ISBN 91-7178-041-6, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, 2005

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Markus Bylund, "Personal Service Environments - Openness and User Control in User-Service Interaction", PhLic thesis, ISSN 1404-5117 #2001-008, Computing Science Department, Information Technology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 2001

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Markus Bylund, "Coordinating Adaptations in Open Service Architectures", MSc thesis, Computing Science Department, Uppsala University, Uppsala, 1999

Other publications

Markus Bylund and Fredrik Espinoza, "Testing and demonstrating context-aware services with Quake III Arena", Communications of the ACM, vol. 45, issue 1, pp. 46-48, January, 2002

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my family

My wife Pia and my three sons Victor, Arvid, and Love. (Several years old picture though, will update any day now ;-)





Markus Bylund

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