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Invitation to PhD Defense by Dannie Korsgaard


23.08.2019 kl. 13.00 - 16.00


Please be invited to Dannie Korsgaards PhD-defense:

"Immersive eating: The virtually enhanced solitary meal context as a strategy to promote positive meal experiences and sufficient energy intake for future generations of older adults"

As insufficient nutrition has been associated with increased risk of functional disability, depression, morbidity, mortality, and decreased quality of life among older adults, there is a need for effective approaches to promote sufficient dietary intake among individuals in this population group. In his work, Dannie Korsgaard combines nutrition- and gerontology research with the use of information technology and immersive displays to design a technological innovation preventing undernourishment for future generations of older adults. Through a user investigation and three design iterations, a mixed-reality prototype was developed allowing the user to consume a solitary meal while experiencing a virtual environment alone or together with virtual meal partners. The prototype is used to investigate whether external factors of the solitary meal can be manipulated virtually to influence the food intake and meal experience of the older eater. The work outlined in his dissertation propose and evaluate a novel innovation aimed towards prevention of malnutrition in the older population, and contributes by expanding the knowledge of technology and older users, the ecological validity of immersive media, and environmental and social effects on food intake and the meal experience.

Aalborg University Copenhagen
A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV
Conference Room 1.001, Building A

Moderator:  Associate Professor Sofia Dahl
Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology, AAU Copenhagen

13.00           Opening by the Moderator
13.05           Ph.D. defense by Dannie Korsgaard
13.50           Break (coffee & tea will be served)
14.05           Questions and comments from the Committee.
                    Questions from the audience at the Moderator’s discretion
                    (Moderator should be notified prior to the session)
16.00           (No later than) End of Session

After a short meeting the Committee announces its recommendation.
A small reception will be arranged outside the Conference Room

Assessment committee:
Associate professor Cumhur Erkut (chairman)
Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology
Aalborg University Copenhagen

Professor and Associate Dean Karin Wendin
Faculty of Natural Science
Kristianstad University, Sweden

Adjunct Professor Michael Björn
as well as Head of Research, Consumerlab, Ericsson, Sweden
Lund University School of Economics and Management, Sweden

Associate professor Thomas Bjørner
Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology
Aalborg University Copenhagen.

The supervisor is a committee member in a non-voting capacity.

The Ph.D. defense is public.

The PhD Dissertation as a download, can be obtained from Dannie Korsgaard by sending an email to dmk@create.aau.dk



Department of Architecture, Design & Media Technology


A.C. Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen SV, Conference Room 1.001