Research

User Interfaces – Aalto University
Ubiquitous Interaction – University of Helsinki
Art & Magic – Aalto University
TBD, McGookin – Aalto University
Social Interaction and Emotion – University of Helsinki
STRATUS –  Aalto University
Aalto Game Research –  Aalto University


User Interfaces – Aalto University

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Our mission is to identify and exploit optima of human-computer performance. We formulate interface design problems as optimization tasks, develop predictive modeling of interaction, and implement computational methods for interface design. Whereas previous work in HCI has been largely based on trial and error, this approach allows aggressive exploration of design spaces and the identification of optimum designs.

Contact: Antti Oulasvirta
Website: Homepage


Ubiquitous Interaction – University of Helsinki

Our group is interested in the design, development and evaluation of interactivity with users in ubiquitous and mobile computing systems. The research is carried out coupling in-depth user studies with design in the area of novel interfaces. The goal is to contribute to technology development efforts by deepening understanding of human and design perspectives. Currently, research is conducted in different areas:

  • Multitouch displays
  • Adaptive and affective interfaces
  • Multimodal interaction
  • Exploratory search
  • Social computing

Application areas range from sustainability and environmental awareness, home computing, walk-up-and-use display, information exploration, art and culture, scientific and knowledge work.

Contact: Giulio Jacucci
Website: Homepage


Art & Magic – Aalto University

Affiliation: Department of Media Technology, Aalto University

Short description
We develop technology for sound, motion and interactive installations. Our goal is natural interaction – not using computers but living with them. Part of this mission is to build human behavior and capabilities in computers, and also study how humans perceive these virtual agents.

Topics

  • computer animation, virtual agents
  • emotional expressions – perception and synthesis
  • uncanny valley in CG characters
  • multimodal embodied interaction (visual, sound, haptic)
  • virtual and augmented reality, 3D interaction
  • experimental methods in HCI

Group leader(s): Prof. Tassu Takala (homepage)
Group website: Homepage


TBD , McGookin – Aalto University

Affiliation: Department of Media Technology, Aalto University

Short description
We focus on supporting interaction with digital media within the user’s immediate physical environment. Through the study of novel technology and their study, we seek to understand how digital media can be more naturally be integrated into the environment to support engaging, informative and enjoyable experiences that enhance rather than distract from the environment.

Topics

  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Mixed Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Pedestrian Navigation
  • Accessible Technology
  • Qualitative User Studies

Contact: Prof. David McGookin (homepage)


Social Interaction and Emotion – University of Helsinki

Affiliation: Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT, Aalto University

Short description
The mission of SIE is to increase our understanding of ICT-mediated social interaction. Our studies focus on: (a) emotional and cognitive processes during mediated social interaction, including mediated touch, interaction with virtual humans, and knowledge work, (b) the neuroscience of social ICT, (c) socially-mediated behavioral phenomena in SNSs, (d) the use of gamification to support the adoption of healthier lifestyles, and (e) user experience of ICT.

Topics

  • Mediated social interaction
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Decision making
  • Emotional, motivational, and cognitive processes
  • Neurophysiological processes
  • Experimental methods

Contact: Prof. Niklas Ravaja (http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ravaja/)
Group website: Homepage


STRATUS –  Aalto University

Strategic Usability Research Group, Affiliation: Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Aalto School of Science

The Strategic Usability Research Group STRATUS is doing research and providing teaching in usability engineering and user-centred design. The aim in our research is to study and develop methods and tools that are used to uncover user’s needs, capabilities, expectations and experiences that affect the usage of products and consumption of services. This information is transformed and used in product and service development. STRATUS has a long academic history in usability research starting from the early 1990′s ending to recent approaches and studies on user experience. Our research makes use of methods from controlled laboratory studies to experimental field techniques the emphasis being on qualitative studies. Interaction analysis of information appliances in our refurnished iLab (previous usability lab) provides good facilities both for student works as well as basic and applied research in our research projects. Our research and teaching offers methods and tools for user involvement to be applied by service and technology developers’ and companies’ use.

Topics and application domains

  • User-centred design methods
  • Human-centred software engineering
  • User-centred design for industrial applications and software
  • User-centred service design and engineering
  • Usability in healthcare
  • Business effects of UCD, usability in business, usability in government system procurement
  • Collaborative computing, collaborative ICT in industry, CSCW

Contact: Prof. Marko Nieminen
Website: Homepage


Aalto Game Research –  Aalto University

Goals: Explore the future of games through creating it.
Present focus: human movement, including exergames, procedural animation, animation interfaces. Focus adapts based on who is working in the group – true innovation grows bottom-up.

Contact: Prof. Perttu Hämäläinen
Website: in progress, showreel at Prof. Hämäläinen’s page