This is IOTAP

“Creating value for IoT users”

Internet of Things and People (IOTAP) is a research center at Malmö University. IOTAP’s vision is to be the leading research environment in making the Internet of Things useful and usable.

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IOTAP’s mission is to:

  • address important societal challenges through IoT research
  • produce new knowledge that when applied will provide value for IoT users
  • contribute to innovation through co-production with industrial and societal organizations
  • publish research results regularly in well-reputed scientific journals and present the results at leading scientific conferences
  • inform organizations and citizens about research results through seminars, popular science articles, and media appearances
  • provide an attractive working environment

Started on: 1 January 2014
Director: Paul Davidsson
Funded by: Malmö University, the Knowledge Foundation, Vinnova, EU, and project partners
Number of affiliated researchers: around 20, see People
Number of partners: more than 80, see Partners & Networks
Academic disciplines: computer science, interaction design
Number of projects: more than 15, see Projects


First came the Internet, with stationary computers on desks. The next major wave was the Mobile Internet, with smartphones, tablets and other portable devices connecting from everywhere you happened to be. Now, there is a third wave on the horizon of technology and consumer products. It is called the Internet of Things, and it is mainly about connecting everyday things to the Internet and putting sensors and computers in them.

What does it mean, for example, when a familiar product such as a bike connects to the Internet, reports its position and downloads positions from other bikes? What kinds of products and services can we expect when the connected things no longer have to look and feel like computers? How can we make these products and services smarter so they adapt to users’ needs in a particular situation? These are the kinds of questions that come up when researchers start considering the Internet of Things from people’s point of view.


The evolution of the Internet of Things has largely been driven by developments in technology. Computing power and connectivity are becoming smaller, cheaper and more energy efficient, making it possible to connect and augment an increasing range of objects.

How people can make meaningful use of these new technical possibilities is still an open question, to a great extent. In order to develop successful products and services that are meaningful and useful, the perspective of the users must be integrated in the studies on the Internet of Things. Therefore IOTAP focuses on the following research areas.

» Interaction Technology

How users interact with the connected devices

IoT products and services are so-called hybrid things, where physical form and digital hardware – as well as the software – are open for change and experimentation. Central questions in the research area Interaction Technology are: How can people interact with hybrid things? How do you design place-specific interactions? How do you leverage off co-creation of hybrid things? And, how much of the infrastructures should be accessible to different users? Learn more about Interaction Technology.

» User-Centred Development

How users can be involved in the development of new IoT services and products

There is a need to explore innovative ways to involve users in the development of IoT products and services. Central questions in the research area User-centred Development are: How can existing methods for user-centred development be adapted to the IoT context? How can user feedback be efficiently integrated into the different development phases of products and services? And, what are the most efficient techniques for continuing to improve IoT products and services also after deployment to users? Learn more about User-centred Development.

» Embedded Intelligence

How intelligence embedded in the devices can improve the usability and functionality of IoT services and products

This research area focuses on the intelligence of the individual devices, the interaction between entities, and management of data. Central questions in the research area Embedded Intelligence include: What are the appropriate models for context-awareness in IoT applications? How can relevant devices and services automatically be discovered by other devices and services? And, what are the best ways of utilising the large amounts of data that becomes available? Learn more about Embedded Intelligence.


The research at IOTAP is carried out in application areas such as energy, transportation, health, learning, and home automation. Research and development for these application areas is done through projects where researchers, industry partners, and users work together. Learn more about the application areas.

IOTAP summary of 2016

This brochure summarizes the 2016 activities. Choose version:

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