Introducing Karsten Lundqvist to the ICT Graduate School

03 Aug 2016 - 12:16:27 in Achievement

Name? Karsten Øster Lundqvist.

Born? Viborg, Denmark.

Lived in? I first lived in various Danish towns and cities for 29 years, then I lived in Norway for a couple of years - and after that I spent 14 years in England, 20 miles west of London.

First job? My very first job was as a kid in an industrial plant which made low-cost furniture. The first job I had that I really liked was as a Research Assistant at the University of Reading.

Position at VUW? I am a Senior Lecturer with the Wellington ICT Graduate School.

Most looking forward to at VUW? Connecting with people, getting stuck into cool research and developing the ICT Graduate School.

Key research interests? I have broad interests within eLearning, but I especially like using AI methods to improve eLearning. I have also worked in Serious Gaming in the past, which is an area I would like to grow more. Many of the things I have worked on recently have been for mobile phones, and I'd like to do more in this field too.

Why Wellington? Shortly after I got married to my wife almost 20 years ago, we discussed places we'd like to live. New Zealand was the top country. San Francisco was our top city in the world. When I came here for my interview, it became clear to me that Wellington is New Zealand’s San Francisco. You just have to substitute the 49'ers - the American Football team in San Francisco - with the Hurricanes and the All Blacks. The decision was actually relatively easy!

Favourite movie? Probably a Danish movie called "The Last Song of Mifune". My favourite English language movie would be "The Shawshank Redemption".

Favourite musician? This is a difficult one. I like many different musicians so it really depends on my mood. It is mostly "loud" though. I most often listen to music like POD, Rage Against the Machine, Rammstein, Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Pink Floyd, The Cure...

Favourite food? Middle Eastern food. I love lamb!

Quote to live by? "To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself" - Søren Kierkegaard.