Kristina Höök is Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, Stockholm University/KTH since 2003. She also upholds a part-time employment at SICS where she is the manager of the Interaction Laboratory. She became Associate Professor (docent) in 2002, PhD in1996, Ph Licentiate in 1991, and MSc in 1987.

Kristina Höök defended her thesis on how to create an adaptive help system to help users navigate and find the most relevant information in a large on-line hypermedia manual in 1996. Her thesis works was awarded the Cor Baayen Fellowship by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) in 1997.

After finishing her thesis, she then continued with the problem of information overflow, but now directed at the problem of navigation through information space. She came up with the idea of social navigation, enabling users to find their way through the space based on what other users have done or are doing in that space. In exploring the idea of social navigation, she started and then led a group named Social Computing in the HUMLE-lab, in which several systems were built to illustrate and test the idea of social navigation – both for the web but also a system to be used in mobile settings.

Kristina Höök has also actively been researching the field of Affective Interaction in several different projects starting 1999, mainly through user studies of systems to aid with the design cycle. The systems studies are both tangible interaction through plush toys, mobile systems using affective gestures, and others.

Kristina Höök has published more than 50 scientific papers in journals such as ToCHI, IJHCS, Interactions, AI Communications, and at prestigious conferences such as CHI, DUX, DIS, IUI, and others. She has co-edited two books on Social Navigation and written a range of book chapters and popular science descriptions. She has been an invited keynote speaker at NordCHI’04, Mensch & Computer 2003, and an invited speaker at an invited session at CHI’04. She has won a top-paper award at WebNet’99, her laboratory won the SITI conference “attendants’ favourite award” in 2003 and her project “Mobile Life” won the prize in 2004. In 2005 she was granted an INGVAR II award. The INGVAR grant is handed out for the advancement of young, future research leaders in Sweden by the Strategic Research Foundation. Recently, Kristina Höök, Lars Erik Holmquist, Oskar Juhlin and Annika Waern, were granted a VINNex center named "Mobile Life" with funding for 10 years.

Kristina Höök serves in

·        The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), division XII

·        The advisory group of Forskning & Framsteg – a Swedish popular science magazine

·        The Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research (SSF) scientific advisory group

·        The management team of SICS (2000 – )

Kristina Höök previously served in

·        The research management of SITI (Swedish IT institute) (1999 – 2003)

·        The board of RIFO (the Association of Members of the Swedish Parliament and Researchers) (2004 - 2006)

·        The ACM SIGCHI Extended Executive Council (2000 – 2002)

·        The board of Center for information technology and cognitive science organized by SU (1995 – 1999)

Leadership experience

Since 1994 Kristina Höök took part in establishing the HUMLE laboratory, first through leading one group within the lab, and then 2000-2003 as the laboratory manager. The HUMLE laboratory had a turnaround of about 15 MSEK yearly. When Höök was appointed professor in 2003, she formed a new group at the university, but kept a part-time employment at SICS. At SICS, in October 2004, she formed a new laboratory named the Interaction Laboratory, currently with a turn-around of 5 MSEK, and now spends about half-time at SICS and half-time at the university.

A professional background that is relevant to HCI can be anything from film studies to computer science. During the years Kristina Höök therefore has employed researchers from a whole range of academic disciplines: cognitive psychologists, a film studies researcher, interaction designers, an ethnographer, computer linguists, and computer scientists. Höök has also collaborated extensively with researchers internationally in many different contexts, which can be seen in her publications.

Projects managed

·        Affective Diary, a Microsoft Research Ltd funded project, 2005-2006, working with bodily emotional memories. 80 000 EUROs.

·        HUMAINE, an EC-funded Network of Excellence project, 2004-2007, aimed to establish a theoretical foundation for affective computing. Höök is the work package leader for usability issues of affective interactive applications. KTH-part of budget: 3.6 MSEK.

·        Mobile Life, a SSF-funded programme, 2002-2007, developing mobile services, 25 MSEK.

·        Social Computing programme, a SITI-funded research programme, 1999–2002, where we further developed the ideas of social navigation and similar ideas. 12 MSEK.

·        SAFIRA, an EC-funded project, 2000–2002, where Höök lead SICS involvement in the project (Dr Ana Paiva is the coordinator of the overall project, at the end I took over the entire project). SAFIRA deals with affective interaction, and our part concerns user studies of the demonstrators built in the project. 1.3 MSEK.

·        SoCoBook, a Vinnova-funded research project, 2001–2002, enabling Höök to write a book on Social Navigation for Springer Verlag. 0.75 MSEK.

·        PERSONA, an EC-funded (i3) project, 1997 – 1999 where Höök was the coordinator of the project. PERSONA developed the ideas of social navigation. 5 MSEK.

·        Convene, funded by KFB, 1997–1999, dealing with disabled youths using MUD environments. 2.4 MSEK.

·        IntAge, a KFB-funded project, 1996-2002, developing intelligent agents. 7.8 MSEK.

·        Melitta, a NUTEK and SME (Nomos Managament AB) funded project, 1996–1997, where we developed an on-line usability study laboratory. 1 MSEK.

·        PUSH, a NUTEK and Ellemtel AB funded project, 1993–1996, where we developed an intelligent help system. 4.5 MSEK.

Invited Keynote Speaker

·        Mensch & Computer 2003: Höök, K (2003) Social Navigation: from the web to the mobile, keynote presentation at the Mensch-und-Computer conference in Stuttgart, September, 2003.

·        NordiCHI 2004: Höök, K (2004) Active co-construction of meaningful experiences: but what is the designers’ role?, Keynote presentation of the NordiCHI conference, Tampere, October 2004.

Invited speaker at:

·        Invited session on European HCI Research at the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) conference in Vienna, April 2004, organised by Gerd Szwillius and Philippe Palanque. Title of Kristina Höök’s talk: “A user-centred perspective on the design of affective interaction involving both body and mind”.


·        Cor Baayen Fellowship by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics) in 1997.

·        Social Computing group, lead by Kristina Höök at the time, won the prestigious "Attendants' Favourite Award" at the SITI conference in 2003 with demos of ExMS, SenToy, Socifer and Kaktus.

·        In 2004, the Mobile Life project did a joint exhibition and again won the SITI conference "Attendants's Favourite Award". Mobile Life is lead by Kristina Höök.

·        Awarded an individual INGVAR grant for the period 2005 through 2009. The INGVAR grant is handed out for the advancement of young, future research leaders in Sweden, by the Strategic Research Foundation in Sweden.

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