December 2017

Reflections #2017 

Reminiscing on the year about to end, we want to thank all the people involved in the ETHOS Lab. We do not take for granted that our platform is people. Without your contributions, lab spirit and collaborative efforts, there would be no ETHOS Lab. Thank you!

We are celebrating Brit Ross Winthereik, co-founder of the ETHOS Lab, being honoured by the IT University with Professor title. Brit is heading the Technologies in Practice Research Group and has shared her reflections on the development of the lab as an experimental space.

One of the ongoing experiments of the ETHOS Lab is to create alternative learning spaces where students are invited to explore, experiment and connect to peers through mutual learning. The Python Study Group is one of these spaces and has been very popular for both students and attracted alumni network. It is based on collaborative learning principles and exercises programming skill-sets relevant for several study programmes. We want to extend a special thanks for the voluntary work of Mirela Sandu, Mace Ojala, Benjamin Olsen, Jesper Henrichsen and economic support from SAF. We hope to continue these sessions in 2018 and know there is a growing student interest in participating. 

On the blog, we are presenting a really interesting read by Stefania Santagati, Junior Researcher in the ETHOS Lab in the spring semester and now TA in the Navigating Complexity course. Stefania's AI experiment revolves around the interactions of humans, artificial intelligence and the notion of trust. It is a thought-provoking piece on anthropomorphism, asking how we as humans may interact in meaningful ways with multiple species of autopoetic systems. Inviting us to carefully consider the social ordering that we allow for computers to enact by design. 

The IT University and the Technologies in Practice Research Group will be hosting the DASTS 2018 conference: 'Engaging the Data Moment'. Our contemporary moment is increasingly characterized by and through data. Imaginaries run wild; data is the new oil, the new currency, our new vehicle of growth, even. From quantified-self movements, to newly emerging forms of economics (such as bit coin and platform capitalism), to sensing-based environments (the internet of things), to the Janus-faced potentials of data analytics, data continues to proliferate, and in the process, transform people, organisations and societies.
The call for keynote speakers and papers is out!
Abstract deadline 1st February, submitted to James Maguire on 

Is your new year's resolution to pursue a PhD? Check out our info-day in January!


Season greetings from,


The ETHOS Lab experiment

Professor Winthereik: 
The ETHOS Lab experiment

Co-founder of the ETHOS Lab, Brit Ross Winthereik has been awarded the title of Professor at the IT University and will be giving her inaugural lecture in March 2018.

Brit is still affiliated with the ETHOS Lab but currently focusing on her roles as Head of the Technologies in Practice Research Group and principal investigator for the Data as Relation research project.

We asked Brit to reflect on the development of the ETHOS Lab as
an experimental space for teaching, research and services. Read her blog post here.

Blog post by Stefania

Blog: The Dead Parrot and the Hole in the Paper Sky

This month's blog post is presented by Junior Researcher Stefania Santagati, DIM student at the IT University. She is taking us on a journey with ALIV, a playtester simulating super-intelligent AI.

Imagine yourself waking up on a spaceship [in the future] from cryosleep, being appointed captain and having to cooperate with the on-board AI. This is the scenario that sets the grounds for Stefania's experiment on humans, artificial intelligence and trust.

Read the thought-provoking piece on anthropomorphism and how we as humans may interact in meaningful ways with multiple species including technology. It begs us to consider what role technology should play in social ordering.

Read the blog post


Services: PhD info-day

Are you considering taking a PhD? Would you like to know what it is like in practice and how to apply?

ETHOS Lab is hosting an info day for those interested in pursuing either an interdisciplinary social science PhD or an industrial PhD.

Anna Sommer from Teaching & Learning Support will be giving an update on the formalities. Head of Lab Rachel Douglas-Jones will be introducing how to make a PhD application and ginally Thiemo Thiess, Industrial PhD, will be giving insights into what it means in practice. 

When: Thursday 25th January 14-16:00
Where: ETHOS Lab, 1C05
All are welcome but registration is required by e-mail to 


Other News

• Our sister lab TANT-Lab at Aalborg University (Copenhagen) is hosting a Visualizing Ambiguity Workshop on 13-15 December. If you are interested in participating, then register here.

• Job Recruitment: Our collaborators Inviso, a dedicated Tableau and Alteryx partner, is looking for student employees. If you are interested, please contact Katrine Møller Jensen on email 

• Start-up interested? Start-up Applaus is looking for a partner that has technical skills in JavaScript, MongoDB, React & React Native and has an entrepreneurial mindset. They would really like to add an ITU student or alumni to their business as they are all from DTU and CBS - so if you are interested, please contact Jakob Garff on +45 26283906 or

• Academic sparring: If you are interested in joining the TiP-Salon for academic readings and diuscussions, the meet-up is every Wednesday in 3A08 @ 12-13:00. Please contact Ester Fritsch on to get on the mailing-list for details. 

• Library resources for researchers: The IT-Library, in collaboration with the Library Committee at ITU, has initiated a pilot project to gauge the interest in the e-resources available in REX. If you are interested in using the service, you will have to file a request through the provided online form []. 

• Videos from former PublicETHOS events 

• We are closed over Christmas and New Years.
Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30-16 from 2nd January 2018.