Department of Digitalization
DIGI is one of the largest Digitalization departments in Europe. Our goals are equally grand. The Department will take advantage and organize so it creates synergy and economies of scale. In other words we should be able to outperform the same number of individual researchers that do not benefit from being co-located in the same department. However, we would not benefit from our size if researchers were only co-located but not working together.
Therefore we must organize our research to create opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinarity. At the same time we wish to organize our research to accommodate for the fast moving pace and radical innovation that characterizes the IT field.
One way of achieving this is to organize research around themes rather than traditional research groups. Themes are emergent, topical, popular, inter-disciplinary and dynamic in nature. They are usually active for 3 – 7 years when they transform into other themes or dissolve altogether. Themes emerge from bottom up activities where researchers find that they share a common excitement about a new phenomenon. Themes encompass several tenured faculty members who meet regularly about a common research phenomenon over a longer period of time. This means that some individual research projects will not acquire the status of a department theme but can be accommodated anyway as individual projects. Theme participants are expected to meet regularly for research discussions, for attracting visitors and applying for external funding from national and international research councils. The few and precious department PhD scholarships are usually made available for research themes and not for individual research areas or individual researchers.
For the more disciplinary development of researchers DIGI still maintains the more traditional research areas and it is natural for researchers that feel they belong to the same research area to meet and discuss central research questions and other issues of common interest like joint publications.