Background and activities

I have been working as an associate processor at IDI since August 2018. Before that I worked as researcher and research manager at SINTEF Digital. Before that I was for seven years researcher and project manager at Teleor R&D. I have a part time position as senior researcher at SINTEF Digital.

Teaching and supervision

I teach software processes at bachelor level and empirical research methods  at master level. I supervise master students who work on cases from digitalization, often in the public sector.

Software engineering

SE subject TDT4140.

Research methods

Methods subjects IT3010, DT8111, og TDT39.

Supervision MSc

Finalized theses.

Current thesis and project proposals.

Supervision PhD

I am supervisor for Hamid, and co-supervisor for Nana, Stefan and Anne.



My current research interests are within digitalization processes, mostly within public sector such as health and social services, computer supported cooperative work (CSCW), information systems (IS),  participatory design methods, digital platforms, and digital empowerment.

Projects and networks


Implementing platforms in public health and social services.


Innovative public procurement.Led by SINTEF Digital.

NTNU-NAV collaboration

Collaboration with the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration within digitalization.

Research center in software engineering in collaboration with SINTEF and University of Oslo.

Digital transformation

Research center in collaboration with SINTEF and University of Oslo.


Scientific, academic and artistic work

A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database

Journal publications

Part of book/report

  • Hochwarter, Stefan; Farshchian, Babak A.. (2020) Scaling Participation - What Does the Concept of Managed Communities Offer for Participatory Design?. PDC '20: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 - Participation(s) Otherwise - Volume 2.
  • Vilarinho, Thomas; Farshchian, Babak A.; Floch, Jacqueline; Hansen, Ole Gunhildsberg. (2019) Participatory Ideation for Gamification: Bringing the User at the Heart of the Gamification Design Process. Human-Centered Software Engineering: 7th IFIP WG 13.2 International Working Conference, HCSE 2018, Sophia Antipolis, France, September 3–5, 2018, Revised Selected Papers.
  • Farshchian, Babak A.; Vilarinho, Thomas. (2017) Which Mobile Health Toolkit Should a Service Provider Choose? A Comparative Evaluation of Apple HealthKit, Google Fit, and Samsung Digital Health Platform. Ambient Intelligence : 13th European Conference, AmI 2017, Malaga, Spain, April 26–28, 2017, Proceedings.
  • Skinstad, Thor Jarle J.; Farshchian, Babak A.. (2016) Empowerment or concealed compliance?: A review of literature on mobile ICT solutions for patient empowerment. PETRA '16 : Proceedings of the 9th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, Corfu, Island, Greece — June 29 - July 01, 2016.
  • Thomassen, Hanne Ekran; Farshchian, Babak A.. (2016) A technology-enhanced service for person-centered dementia care: Preliminary results from a field trial. PETRA '16 : Proceedings of the 9th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, Corfu, Island, Greece — June 29 - July 01, 2016.
  • Vilarinho, Thomas; Farshchian, Babak A.; Wienhofen, Leendert Wilhelmus Marinus; Franang, Thomas Aleksander; Gulbrandsen, Håkon. (2016) Combining Persuasive Computing and User Centered Design into an Energy Awareness System for Smart Houses. 2016 12th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE) Proceedings, London UK, 14-16 Sept. 2016.
  • Vilarinho, Thomas; Farshchian, Babak A.; Bajer, Daniel Gloppestad; Dahl, Ole Halvor; Egge, Iver; Hegdal, Sondre Steinsland; Lønes, Andreas; Slettevold, Johan; Weggersen, Sam Mathias. (2015) A combined smartphone and smartwatch fall detection system. 2015 IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology; Ubiquitous Computing and Communications; Dependable, Autonomic and Secure Computing; Pervasive Intelligence and Computing (CIT/IUCC/DASC/PICOM, Liverpool UK, 26-28 Oct. 2015.