Invited Speakers

Professor Tino Weinkauf, KTH

Title: Visual Analysis of Multidimensional Data

When and where:
Tuesday August 2
Room AS1, TUAS building, Otaniementie 17, Aalto University

In many domains, experts seek to understand data comprising many
dimensions in order to find correlations and trends. Visual data
analysis aids this goal by transforming data into a visual form suitable
for rapid feature detection. This is an inherently user-centered
approach. We will discuss recent advances in this field focusing on the
analysis of biomechanical data from HCI studies.

Bio: Tino Weinkauf received his diploma in computer science from the
University of Rostock in 2000. From 2001, he worked on feature-based
flow visualization and topological data analysis at Zuse Institute
Berlin. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from the University of
Magdeburg in 2008. In 2009 and 2010, he worked as a postdoc and adjunct
assistant professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at
New York University. He started his own group in 2011 on Feature-Based
Data Analysis in the Max Planck Center for Visual Computing and
Communication, Saarbrücken. Since 2015, he holds the Chair of
Visualization at KTH Stockholm. His current research interests focus on
flow analysis, discrete topological methods, and information visualization.

Host: Professor Antti Oulasvirta, User Interfaces Group, Aalto University

Professor Janne Lindqvist, Rutgers University

Title: Violating Privacy and Providing Security by Using Human Behavior

When and where:
Monday May 23 at 10.15-11.00am
Room AS1, TUAS building, Otaniementie 17, Aalto University

In this talk, we will discuss two of our recent works on using the knowledge of human behavior for systems security and privacy. First, we discuss Elastic Pathing (, an algorithm that can deduce your driving locations just based on a starting location and the speed of your driving. This is an important result because several insurance companies claim that their approach to ‘usage-based automotive insurance’ is privacy-preserving when they collect only speed data. Our work shows that this is not the case. Second, we will discuss a robust approach to mobile user authentication: user-generated free-form gestures ( We show how people, without receiving any specific instructions, are able to generate both memorable and secure gestures. We will also discuss the results of the first field study of gesture-based mobile authentication.

Bio:  Janne Lindqvist is an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and a member of WINLAB at Rutgers University, where he directs the Rutgers Human-Computer Interaction Group. From 2011 to 2013, Janne was an assistant research professor at ECE/WINLAB at Rutgers. Prior to Rutgers, Janne was a postdoc with the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science. Janne received his MSc degree in 2005, and DSc degree in 2009, both in computer science and engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. He works at the intersection of security engineering, human-computer interaction, and mobile computing. Before joining academia, Janne co-founded a wireless networks company, Radionet, which was represented in 24 countries before being sold to Florida-based Airspan Networks in 2005. Janne’s work has been featured several times in IEEE Spectrum, MIT Technology Review, Scientific American, Communications of the ACM, NPR, WHYY Radio, Yahoo! News, and recently also in CBS Radio News, Fortune, Computerworld, Der Spiegel, London Times, International Business Times, Slashdot, The
Register, and over 400 other online venues and print media around the world. He has received the Best Paper Award from MobiCom’12 and the Best Paper Nominee Award from UbiComp’14. At Rutgers, Janne has received awards and grants as PI and co-PI for a total of $3.4 million.


Professor Per Ola Kristensson, University of Cambridge

As part of the HCI Helsinki Distinguished Speaker series, Professor Kristensson will speak about an exciting topic that is an integral part of the daily life of us all:

Title: Solution principles for next-generation text entry

When and where:
05.04.2016, 10 am – 11 am
Room AS1, TUAS building, Otaniementie 17, Aalto University

Text entry is a common everyday computing task. However, despite its ubiquitousness it is difficult to devise an efficient text entry method that users are willing to adopt. In this talk I will explain the narrow design space of text entry research and make the case that successful next-generation text entry methods are likely to be based on designs that merge behavioural solution principles with information engineering techniques. I will exemplify this idea with several new text entry methods we have developed for a variety of use-cases.

Host: Professor Antti Oulasvirta, User Interfaces Group

Per Ola Kristensson is an award winning researcher with recognitions from ACM, Google, MIT, and many others. The inventor of shapewriting, a technique implemented on nearly every soft keyboard today (on Android, iOS, and others), leads the Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at Cambridge University. His research areas include:

  • Intelligent interactive systems
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Accessibility, inclusive design and augmentative and alternative communication
  • Human computation and crowdsourcing
  • Interaction science

Professor Dario Salvucci, Drexel University

Fulbright Open Seminar on Computational Methods in Human-Computer Interaction

4th December 2015 at 10:15 – 13:00, at TUAS, lecture room AS3 (1621), Otaniemi.

Bio: Dario Salvucci is a Professor of Computer Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999, both in Computer Science. His work in the areas of cognitive science, human factors, and human-computer interaction focuses on computational models of human cognition and behavior, with particular emphasis on multitasking and driving. In the fall of 2015, he will be at the University of Jyväskylä as the Fulbright-Nokia Distinguished Chair in Information and Communications Technologies, made possible by the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program, the Fulbright Center Finland, and the Nokia Foundation.


Nokia Foundation and Aalto University are organising a seminar on computational methods in human-computer interaction. The seminar will be held on Friday 4th December 2015, 9:15-12:00, at TUAS (Otaniementie 17, Espoo), lecture room AS3 (1621), Otaniemi campus, Aalto University. The seminar consists of three invited talks by leading researchers in the field, and a general discussion and refreshments at the end of the session.


  • Antti Oulasvirta, Aalto University: “Can Computers Design Great User Interfaces?”
  • Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki: “Resourceful Interaction: Computation for, with and by the user”
  • Dario Salvucci, Fulbright Distinguished Chair, Drexel University: “Computational Models of Multitasking and Driver Distraction”
  • Timo Ali-Vehmas, Chair, Nokia Foundation: “Reflections from the point of view of Finnish ICT Industry”
  • General discussion
  • Refreshments

The seminar is free for anybody, but because there are refreshments, we kindly ask you to register at at by 2.12.

Professor Roderick Murray-Smith, University of Glasgow

Bio: Roderick Murray-Smith is a Professor of Computing Science at Glasgow University, in the “Inference, Dynamics and Interaction” research group. He works in the overlap between machine learning, interaction design and control theory. In recent years his research has included multimodal sensor-based interaction with mobile devices, mobile spatial interaction, Brain-Computer interaction and nonparametric machine learning. Prior to this he held positions at the Hamilton Institute, NUIM, Technical University of Denmark, M.I.T., and Daimler-Benz Research, Berlin, and was the Director of SICSA, the Scottish Informatics and Computing Science Alliance. He works closely with the mobile phone industry, having worked together with Nokia, Samsung, FT/Orange, Microsoft and Bang & Olufsen. He was a member of Nokia’s Scientific Advisory Board and is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Computational Inference Research. He has co-authored three edited volumes, 22 journal papers, 16 book chapters, and 88 conference papers

Casual Interaction: Designing so People can focus on What Matters When it Matters

Abstract: There has been increasing public debate about the way mobile devices capture the focus of their user’s attention, to the detriment, and in some cases danger of those around them. I will describe the focused–casual continuum, a framework for describing interaction techniques according to the degree to which they allow users to adapt how much attention and effort they choose to invest in an interaction conditioned on their current situation. Casual interactions are particularly appropriate in scenarios where full engagement with devices is frowned upon socially, is unsafe, physically challenging or too mentally taxing. I will describe how novel sensing approaches accompanied by machine learning and signal processing for inference will allow us to go beyond direct touch, and will enable wider use of casual interactions, which will often be ‘around device’ interactions, and look at the role of control theory and information theory in analysis of such systems. I will illustrate the ideas with prototypes and commercial products including novel music players and touch input systems.

Prof. Oskar Juhlin

Stockholm University

Bio: Oskar Juhlin is Professor at Stockholm University at the Departement of Computing and Systems Sciences. He is the founder of the industry-research network “Digitizing Fashion” (@digifash) . He is also a founder and former Director of Mobile Life VinnExcellence Center. He was Director of the Mobility Studio at the Interactive Institute, Stockholm, Sweden in between 2000 and 2011. He has an interdisciplinary background spanning technology and social science. Oskar has conducted work and managed groups in many design research fields such as social media and road traffic, human animal interaction, video interaction and fashion. His approach draws on combining ethnographic fieldwork of user practices with design and technical research, to generate knowledge and new applications, referred to as “associative design”. His research is mainly published at Conferences such as ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Mobile HCI on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, and CSCW on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Recently he has also founded two companies (Figuracy and Liveling AB) in the areas of social media and fashion, as well as live video production.

Software for Fashionable Wearables

Wednesday 29th April, TUAS

Dr. Pierre Dragicevic

Inria/Aviz, Paris

Bio: Pierre Dragicevic defended his PhD thesis on human-computer interaction in Nantes, France, in 2004, after which he worked as a post-doc at the Université Toulouse III, in the IntuiLab company, and at the University of Toronto, Canada. In 2007, he joined the Aviz team at Inria in France as a permanent research scientist, where he has been working on topics such as animated visualizations, physical visualizations, perception and motor control, and visualizations for judgment and decision making.

Recent and Future Information Visualization Research at Inria / Aviz

Abstract: The goal of information visualization is to study how computer-supported visual representations of data can reinforce human cognition. In this talk, I will give a panorama of recent and ongoing information visualization research carried out in the Aviz team at Inria, France. This panorama will be unavoidably biased towards the research projects I was personally involved in, and will emphasize two themes: studying the psychology of information visualization, and leveraging emerging technologies in information visualization. I will describe recent research projects covering these two areas, as well as our future research directions. I will conclude with a few reflections and lessons learned, including the need to go beyond mainstream infovis research questions and to question well-established notions, the importance of cross-fertilization with other disciplines, and the need to better understand the technological artifacts we are contributing to create.

Aaron Quigley

Professor, University of St Andrews.

Bio: Professor Aaron Quigley is the Chair of Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews, UK. Aaron’s research interests include surface and multi-display computing, human computer interaction, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and information visualisation. He has published over 135 internationally peer-reviewed publications including edited volumes, journal papers, book chapters, conference and workshop papers and holds 3 patents. In addition he has served on over 80 program committees and has been involved in chairing roles of over 20 international conferences and workshops including UIST, ITS, CHI, Pervasive, UbiComp, Tabletop, LoCA, UM, I-HCI, BCS HCI and MobileHCI.

Public-displays to the left of me, 
head-mounted displays to the right,
here I am, stuck with the mobile phone that is you!
Friday 6th March, 14:00-15:00 TUAS

Abstract: Displays are all around us, on and around our body, fixed and mobile, bleeding into the very fabric of our day to day lives. Displays come in many forms such as smart watches, head-mounted displays or tablets and fixed, mobile, ambient and public displays. However, we know more about the displays connected to our devices than they know about us. Displays and the devices they are connected to are largely ignorant of the context in which they sit including knowing physiological, environmental and computational state. They don’t know about the physiological differences between people, the environments they are being used in, if they are being used by one or more people.
In this talk we review a number of aspects of displays in terms of how we can model, measure, predict and adapt how people can use displays in a myriad of settings. With modeling we seek to represent the physiological differences between people and use the models to adapt and personalize designs, user interfaces. With measurement and prediction we seek to employ various computer vision and depth sensing techniques to better understand how displays are used. And with adaptation we aim to explore subtle techniques and means to support diverging input and output fidelities of display devices. The talk draws on a number of studies from recent UMAP, IUI, AVI and CHI papers.
Our ubicomp user interface is complex and constantly changing, and affords us an ever changing computational and contextual edifice. As part of this, the display elements need to be better understood as an adaptive display ecosystem rather than simply pixels.

Barry Brown

Professor, Stockholm University, Mobile Life.

Bio: Barry Brown is a professor of human computer interaction at Stockholm University. He is the research director of Mobile Life, a world leading institute looking into the future of mobile devices, in partnership with Ericsson, Nokia, Microsoft, IKEA, ABB, Telia Sonera and Stockholm City. He has published over 100 academic articles and four books, his most recent of which is forthcoming with MIT Press titled “Enjoying Machines”.

What did Apple ever do for us? Understanding how the iPhone has changed the technology world
Wednesday 11th of February, 10:00-11:00 
TUAS R037/TU2 2005

Abstract: There can be few devices in recent years that have changed the world of technology as much as the iPhone. While most of us know the story of Steve Jobs’ involvement, few know how Apple Designers such as Bas Ording invented many of the features that made the iPhone possible. In this talk I will dive into the history of the iPhone creation, and talk a little about our attempts at Mobile Life in Stockholm to understand how smartphones are changing our world and how we might design them better.

On the iPhone: studying the co-present use of mobile devices

Friday, February 13th, 2015, at 13.00-14.00 Helsinki University main building,Fabianinkatu 33, hall 3, 2. floor

Abstract: Over the last three years we have collected hundred of hours of recordings of mobile device use in diverse settings. We have recorded drivers using GPS to navigate, iPhone use recorded with wearable cameras, and remote recordings of mobile phone screens with ambient audio. These videos let us document how mobile devices have become threaded into diverse worlds of activity and how reliant we have become on our mobile devices. In this talk I will focus on the interaction and talk around mobile devices, arguing that this can be as important as interaction with mobile devices. A web search might be shared with a friend, GPS’s instructions can become the subject of a joke, or the composition of a text message discussed with a partner. Our videos let us see how conversations are influenced by mobile devices, through providing topics and interruptions, but also how device use is coordinated to fit with conversation, such as showing or narrating on phone activity.