— Nina Valkanova


I am an interaction design researcher, media artist and creative coder, interested in the exploration of innovative ideas at the edge between technology, art and design. I am interested in experimenting and conceptualizing principles for affective and engaging experience with information and data, exploring the intersections between scientific and artistic design knowledge.

Short Bio

I am born in the beautiful city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria and hold a Master degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, from the University of Technologies in Darmstadt, Germany. During and after my university studies, I have been involved in various projects in the field of interface design, computer graphics, mixed reality and new media arts at the Center for Computer Graphics (Darmtadt, Germany), Ars Electronica Future Lab (Linz, Austria), the SPECS and GTI research groups of the University Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, Spain).

Until September 2014, I have been a doctoral research fellow for Information, Communication and Audiovisual Technologies with specialization in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Pompeu Fabra. My doctoral research comprises a design and empirical inquiry into the potential of combining data visualization and ubiquitous display and sensing technologies for social and civic purposes. During my doctoral studies, I have been a visiting researcher at the Telekom Innovation Laboratories in Berlin and my work has been published in various academic venues such as DIS, CHI, CSCW and IASDR.

Currently, I am a senior research associate at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, where I coordinate an FP7 research project on human computer interaction tools and their application to teaching and learning. Apart of my research activities, I love to participate on a regular basis in projects, festivals and other venues for arts and new media like the Ars Electronica Festival (Austria), the Media Architecture Biennale (Denmark), Interactivos?, and Visualizar (Spain), Agosto Digital (Argentina) and Vivacidade (Brazil).