More festival apps – Roskilde Festival 2014

Like previous years current and former DTU Compute students have created mobile apps for Roskilde Festival as part of the partnership between DTU and Roskilde Festival and our research activities. The apps this year include:

Roskilde Explorer
The app lets you know, what the festival has to offer right here, right now.

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Roskilde Festival Music Suggest
The app has been the Official Roskilde Labs app contest winner in 2013 and 2014. It help guests at Roskilde Festival explore artists playing at the festival and provide suggestions based on sources including Facebook, iTunes, and


Roskilde Decibel 2014 
The app allows you to visualize and track how much noise you are exposed to. You can get immediate measurement of the current sound level in decibel and noise levels directly on the Roskilde map. You can get achievements too by measuring sound levels around Roskilde’s stages or at specific times of the day.


ESOF 2014 – Science in the City

This week we are showcasing our research in Quantified Self and Network Science at the EuroScience Open Forum 2014 (ESOF) Science in the City festival. Our tagline is: Which factors motivate you to take more steps?

With smartphones and new wearable devices it is possible to measure many different aspects of our lives, including exercising, sleep and mood. But the question is if this technology can change our habits?


Our team from DTU Compute uses Science in the City as the foundation for a scientific study – and we use the official SciCity app to do this. We have included a step counter feature in the app and use the app to study the factors that motivate to take more steps. Our study is based on the two exciting scientific fields: Quantified Self and Network Science.

Quantified Self addressing how self-monitoring (for instance apps on smartphones or wearable gadgets) influence our self-perception and Network Science studying the mathematics that describes structure and dynamics in our social networks. Via family, friends, and colleagues, we’re connected to a global social network. In many ways, our social networks show who we are. And our research shows that this information reveals which fundamental values and interests characterize us. We use information about the connections on, e.g. Facebook to explore which factors motivate the user to take more steps.

App for the DTU Annual Party

A group of my students from my Mobile Application Prototyping class (spring semester course 02827) has developed an Android app for the DTU Annual Party, which allow the participants at the party to navigate through all the events and see where and when the events are and set alarms.


The app is available for download in Google Play. Congratulations on the nice work to Adrian Alan Pol, Albert Fernández de la Peña, and Javier Calvo Torres.

Experiments with mobile apps at Roskilde Festival 2012

roskilde_2012This year at Roskilde Festival we are running a set of experiments by having festival participants using cool apps that have been developed by students in our lab:

  • Orange Fever – a massive social game where you infect others using Bluetooth and spread the ‘Orange Fever’
  • Hide and Seek – a game about meeting new people at Roskilde Festival by means of your smartphone
  • Roskilde Decibel – the app will collect ambient noise level showing the user the level of noise exposure s/he has been exposed to
  • MusicNerd – navigate between concerts in a tightly packed music schedule at Roskilde Festival 2012
  • SoundRate – rate your music preferences and experiences and provide useful feedback
  • ArtistRecommender – browse the artists at Roskilde Festival 2012 and get personal recommendations

All apps can be downloaded from Google Play.

Roskilde ’11 ArtistRecommender available

artistrecommenderThe Roskilde ’11 ArtistRecommender mobile app for Android is now available in Android Market. The app is developed by a team of DTU students Erik Beuschau, Michael Lunøe and Rasmus Theodorsen, as part of the festival courses in the Roskilde Festival powered by DTU Students initiative.

The mobile app allow the user to browse the artists at Roskilde Festival 2011 and get personal recommendations based on music preferences. Download the app from Android Market.

New Scientist: Sensational festival music, from your cellphone

lydteknologi_logoSound quality at open-air concerts can be disappointing. Now a smartphone app promises to put an end to tinny vocals‘. An article “Sensational festival music, from your cellphone” in New Scientist issue 2800 p. 23 on Feb. 19, 2011 describes our recent work on Augmenting the sound experience at music festivals using mobile phones (the research paper is available at the ACM Portal).

The project is carried out by DTU InformaticsCrossOverGlobal, and Rhode & Schwarz and is aDanish Sound Technology Network’s innovation project. The scientific work was presented at the15th international conference on Intelligent user interfaces (IUI2011) by Jakob Eg Larsen and Arkadiusz Stopczynski, DTU Informatics, including the technical issues in augmenting the sound experience using mobile phones as well as results from experiments carried out at two concerts at the Nibe music festival.

The mobile wizard controls the party

dtu_avisen_2010_08DTU Avisen no. 8, 2010 has an article (page 19) about one of our recent projects studying music listening patterns via mobile phones combined with contextual information obtained from embedded mobile phone sensors. The master’s thesis project was carried out by Nima Zandi and Rasmus Handler in collaboration with Nokia Denmark and explores the basis for combining media and context information in mobile user interfaces for next-generation music player applications.

Battle on sustainability

DTU News has created a short video on the GRØN DYST (eng: Green Challenge) prize winning project by DTU Informatics students Peter Gammelgaard Poulsen, Johan van Beusekom, and Lars Libak Pedersen.

The project involved development of an iPhone application to support commuters thereby helping to reduce emissions. The application allow people to coordinate via social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

DTU Informatics students win prizes in GRØN DYST

grondyst_prizeThe DTU Informatics students Peter Gammelgaard Poulsen, Johan van Beusekom, and Lars Libak Pedersen won prizes for their three week project done as part of the GRØN DYST (Green Challenge) and Roskilde Festival competitions. In the bachelor category Peter, Johan, and Lars won a 3rd prize. In addition Peter, Johan, and Lars won a prize in the Roskilde Festival category. The project involved development of an iPhone application to support commuters thereby helping to reduce emissions. The application allow people to coordinate via social networks including Facebook and Twitter.

Gesture and context-based navigation of mobile services

gesture_navigation_smallThe science portal has an article about a recent master’s thesis project carried out at DTU Informatics by Esben von Buchwald. The thesis deals with the issue of easily accessing relevant information or services on your mobile phone. A prototype application using context-information based on GPS and Compass sensors, and detection of gestures was developed, enabling easy browsing of information about nearby restaurants, cinema, and train schedules, simply by pointing at them with your mobile phone.

Winner master’s thesis project presented at The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)

Søren Øxenhave and Niels Kloster Andreasen presented their 1st prize winning master’s thesis project Activity-based Interaction Models for Next Generation Mobile Devices at The Danish Society of Engineers (IDA). The project has been carried out in milab under my supervision.


There is also short article (in danish) in the news section on the DTU Informatics website about the event and the master’s thesis project. Congratulations to Søren and Niels!