Email: dorina.rajanen(at)oulu.fi

Room: TS 3135

I am a University Lecturer and researcher at Interact Research Unit, Faculty of ITEE, University of Oulu.

I have a PhD degree in Information Systems from Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. I have been also a post-doc researcher at Aalto School of Business, Center for Knowledge and Innovation Research (CKIR), Helsinki, Finland.

Research interests
Research projects
Teaching: Courses and Thesis supervision
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Publications
Honors and awards
UX Lab

My research interests

  • Climate change communication and Climate change action
  • Media experience, media psychology, psychophysiology, cognitive psychology, reading, attention, emotion: study of attention to media contents and formal features (colors, shapes, visual vs. textual representation, etc.), emotional appraisal in media rich contexts (video, games, news reading, etc.), psychophysiology of software development
  • Information and data visualization
  • Data mining and text mining (statistics, pattern recognition, machine learning, Self-Organizing Maps, neural networks, fuzzy logic, clustering, classification, association rules, prediction models, outlier detection, text summarization, text extraction)
  • User behaviour, Usability, User experience, Human Computer Interaction
  • Business intelligence and forecasting using data mining, text mining, data visualization, and gamification in business contexts (computational and/or application aspects such as in financial benchmarking, corporate taxation, tax fraud detection, customer segmentation, business cycles, games)
  • Software as a service: theory and applications, development, adoption, recommendation, evaluation
  • Adoption and acceptance of technology, Digitalization (digitization) of organizations and individual
  • Digital fabrication: sustainability, safety, creativity, social and ecological impact
  • Quantitative research, surveys, experiments
  • Design Science Research
  • Safety culture
  • Instructional design

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Ongoing Research Projects

  • "Climate change in the news: a study of how media messages impact perceptions, emotions, attention, and behavior" 2017 Wihuri Foundation Postdoctoral Research Grant.
  • "Climate Time! - Proof-of-Concept" Research and Development for a Text Mining Tool for Climate Change in the News and Research.
  • "Digitization of the individual - the use of smart trackers for personal healthcare" Theoretical and empirical research on the adoption and acceptance of smart trackers for personal healthcare.
  • "HCI practice survey: Trends in user experience and usability practice"

My teaching activities

Courses | Thesis supervision

Courses

Academic year 2021-22

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • User Experience and Usability Evaluation (master's level, responsible)
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Cultures and Design (master's level, responsible)
  • Business Process Modeling (bachelor's level, assistant)
  • Servitization, Co-creation and Business Development (master's level, assistant)

Academic year 2020-21

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • User Experience and Usability Evaluation (master's level, responsible)
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Cultures and Design (master's level, responsible)
  • Business Process Modeling (bachelor's level, assistant)

Academic year 2019-20

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • Information Systems Theory (master's level, responsible)
  • Business Process Modeling (bachelor's level, responsible)
  • User Experience and Usability Evaluation (master's level, assistant)
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Cultures and Design (master's level, assistant)

Academic year 2018-9

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • Usability Testing > User Experience and Usability Evaluation (master's level, assistant)
  • Business Process Modeling (bachelor's level, responsible)

Academic year 2017-8

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • Information Systems Theory (master's level)
  • Advanced Topics in Human-Computer Interaction (master's level)
  • Business Process Modeling (bachelor's level, assistant)
  • Principles of Digital Fabrication (bachelor's level, introductory lecture on Safety Rules in Fab Lab)

Academic year 2016-7

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)

Academic year 2015-6

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • Open Source Software Development
  • Johdatus tutkimustyöhön

Academic year 2014-5

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module (master's level, module responsible)
  • IT Infrastructure (master's level)
  • Quantitative Research Methods (doctoral level)
  • Specialization course – Quantitative Research (doctoral level)
  • Project II - customer

Past years 2013-2014

  • Research Methods - Quantitative module
  • IT Infrastructure
  • Project II - supervisor
  • Business Process Modelling - exercises

Guest lectures 2007-2011

  • Introduction to Data Visualization, University of Oulu, Information Processing Science

Åbo Akademi University, 2003-2010

  • Intelligent Systems in Business - Part II (theory and applications)

Thesis Supervision

I supervise students in the following research areas closely related to my research interests. Other topics are also possible.

  • Climate change communication and action
  • Sustainability topics in ICT and information systems
  • Business intelligence: data mining, text mining, data visualization, and gamification in business contexts (computational and/or application aspects)
  • Media experience: study of attention to media contents and formal features (colors, shapes, etc.), emotional appraisal in media contexts (video, games, news reading, etc.)
  • Psychophysiological research in HCI and information systems
  • User evaluation in business, media, and human-computer interaction contexts (theoretical and empirical studies)
  • Models of adoption and acceptance of technology (e.g., for wearable computing, smart homes, e- and m-health, mixed reality, etc.)
  • Quantitative methods as well as design science and qualitative research methods
  • Research methodologies in ICT and information systems
  • Safety culture (e.g., in digital fabrication, adoption of safety culture in organizations, evaluating safety as part of usability evaluation, ergonomics)
  • Instructional design
  • Software as a service: theory and applications, development, adoption, recommendation, evaluation
  • User experience and usability: evaluation and practices

Supervised theses

  Reviewed theses

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My list of publications

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. T. Clemmensen, N. Iivari, D. Rajanen, and A. Sivaji (2021). Organized UX Professionalism on Individual,Organizational, and Society Levels. Proc. of Human Work Interaction Design (HWID) working conference.
  2. Galeote, D. F., Rajanen, M., Rajanen, D., Legaki, N. Z., Langley, D. J., & Hamari, J. (2021). Gamification for climate change engagement: review of corpus and future agenda. Environmental Research Letters.
  3. Rajanen, M. & Rajanen, D. (2020) Usability: A Cybernetics Perspective. In Proc. of the 6th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS'20). pdf.
  4. Inal, Y., Guribye, F., Rajanen, D., Rajanen, M., & Rost, M. (2020). Perspectives and Practices of Digital Accessibility: A Survey of User Experience Professionals in Nordic Countries. In Proceedings of the 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Shaping Experiences, Shaping Society (NordiCHI '20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 63, 1–11. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/3419249.3420119Rajanen, D. & Rajanen, M. (2020) Safety Culture in Digital Fabrication: Perceptions, Model and Co-Creation Approach. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, Vol. 20(14). In press. Preprint
  5. Inal, Y., Clemmensen, T., Rajanen, D., Iivari, N., Rızvanoğlu, K. & Sivaji, A (2020) Positive Developments but Challenges Still Ahead – A Survey Study on UX Professionals’ Work Practices. - Journal of usability studies 15 (4), https://uxpajournal.org/ux-professionals-work-practices/pdf.
  6. Rajanen, D. (2020) Beyond Reading Media and Interaction Behavior: Self-Reported User Satisfaction and Cognitive Implications of Digitized Reading Patterns. Lecture Notes in Information Systems and Organizations. Springer. pdf
  7. Rajanen, M. & Rajanen, D. (2020) Usability as Speculum Mundi: A Core Concept in Socio-Technical Systems Development. Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly (CSIMQ) no 22, pp. 49-59. DOI: 10.7250/csimq.2020-22.04.  pdf
  8. Clemmensen, T., Rajanen, D., Rajanen, M. & Abdelnour-Nocera, J. (2019) Introduction to the Special Issue on HCI in a Sharing Society. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (11) 3, pp. 107-116. Available at: https://aisel.aisnet.org/thci/vol11/iss3/1
  9. Rajanen, D. (2019) Beyond Reading Media and Interaction Behavior: Cognitive Implications of Digitized Reading Patterns. In Proc. of the 28th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2019), Toulon, France, (28-30 August 2019). AIS Library. pdf
  10. Ogunlolu, I., & Rajanen, D. (2019). Cloud Computing Adoption in Organizations: A Literature Review and a Unifying Model. In Proc. of the 28th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD2019), Toulon, France, (28-30 August 2019). AIS Library. pdf
  11. Rajanen, M. & Rajanen, D. (2019) Usability: A Core Concept in Socio-Technical Systems Development. In Proc. of the 5th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS development (STPIS'19). pdf
  12. Rajanen, D. & Rajanen, M. (2019) Co-creation of a Safety Culture in Digital Fabrication. In Proc. of FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference. pdf
  13. Rajanen, D. & Rajanen, M. (2019) Safety Culture in Digital Fabrication: Professional, Social, and Environmental Responsibilities. In Proc. of FabLearn Europe 2019 Conference. pdf
  14. Rajanen, D. & Rajanen, M. (2019) Climate Change Gamification: A Literature Review. In Proc. of Gamifin 2019 Conference, Levi, Finland, 8-10 April. CEUR_WS proceedings (Vol. 2359, pp. 253-264). http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2359/paper22.pdf
  15. Clemmensen, T., Iivari, N., Inal, Y., Rajanen, D., Rızvanoğlu, K., and Sivaji, A. (2018) Organized UX Professionalism: Integration of UX Professionals and their Work in Organizations. To appear in Proc. of  The 17th Annual Pre-ICIS Workshop on HCI Research in MIS Sponsored by AIS SIGHCI, Thursday, December 13, 2018 (One day workshop) in San Francisco, California.
  16. Kan, V., Rajanen, D., Asare, K. O., & Ferreira, D. (2018) Demo: STOP: A smartphone-based game for Parkinson’s disease medication adherence. In Proc. of The 2018 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UBICOMP 2018). 8-12 October 2018 Singapore.
  17. Rajanen, M. & Rajanen, D. (2018) Heuristic Evaluation in Game and Gamification Development. In Proceedings of GamiFin 2018 Conference, Pori. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2186/paper19.pdf
  18. Rajanen, D. & Rajanen, M. (2017) Personalized Gamification: A Model for Play Data Profiling. Proc. of Data-Driven Gamification Design Workshop 2017 in Conjunction with the Academic Mindtrek Conference. 20 September, 2017 Tampere, Finland. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1978/paper4.pdf
  19. Rajanen, D. & Weng, M. (2017) Digitization for Fun or Reward? A Study of Acceptance of Wearable Devices for Personal Healthcare. Proc. of Academic MindTrek 2017, September 20-21, 2017 Tampere. Finland. ACM. https://doi.org/10.1145/3131085.3131118
  20. Rajanen, D., Clemmensen, T., Iivari, N., Inal, Y., Rizvanoglu, K., Sivaji, A., Roche, A. (2017) UX professionals’ definitions of usability and UX – A comparison between Turkey, Finland, Denmark, France and Malaysia. In: Bernhaupt R., Dalvi G., Joshi A., K. Balkrishan D., O’Neill J., Winckler M. (eds) Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2017. INTERACT 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 10516 (16th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-68059-0_14 Reviewer's Choice Award [pdf]
  21. Rajanen, M., & Rajanen, D. (2017) Usability Benefits in Gamification. GamiFin 2017 Conference, Pori. http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-1857/gamifin17_p12.pdf
  22. Hartikainen, H., Iivari, N., & Kinnula, M., Rajanen, D. (2017) Finding Common Ground: Comparing Children’s and Parents’ Views on Children’s Online Safety. In: BritishHCI 2017. http://hci2017.bcs.org/wp-content/uploads/50.pdf
  23. Rajanen, D., Salminen, M., Ravaja, N. (2016) Reading a Newspaper on Print versus Screen: A Motivational Perspective. Proc. of the 49th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS49), January 5-8, 2016 Grand Hyatt, Kauai, USA. IEEE.
  24. Rajanen, D., Salminen, M., Ravaja, N. (2015) Reflections on the Use of Psychophysiology in Studying Reading on Digital Media. IRIS Selected Papers 2015. AIS. pdf
  25. Rajanen, D., Salminen, M., Ravaja, N. (2015) Psychophysiological Responses to Digital Media: Comparison of Frontal EEG Alpha Asymmetry during Newspaper Reading on a Tablet versus Print. Proc. of Academic MindTrek 2015, September 22-24, 2015 Tampere. Finland. ACM. doi>10.1145/2818187.2818297
  26. Rajanen, D., Salminen, M., & Ravaja, N. (2015) Reading on Print versus Screen: A Motivational Perspective. Proc. of the 38th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia (IRIS38), Oulu, Finland.
  27. Sarlin, P., and Marghescu, D. (2011) Neuro-Genetic Predictions of Currency crises. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, 18(4): 145-160, John Wiley & Sons.
  28. Sarlin, P., and Marghescu, D. (2011) Visual prediction of currency crises using self-organizing maps. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, 18(1): 15–38, January - March 2011, John Wiley & Sons.
  29. Marghescu, D., Sarlin, P., and Liu, S. (2010) Early warning analysis for currency crises in emerging markets: A revisit with fuzzy clustering. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, 17(3-4): 143–165, July - December 2010, John Wiley & Sons.
  30. Marghescu, D., Kallio, M., and Back, B. (2010) Using financial ratios to select companies for tax auditing: a preliminary study, WSKS 2010, Part II, CCIS 112, pp. 393–398, Springer.
  31. Sarlin, P. and Marghescu, D. (2010) Visual Predictions of Currency Crises using Self-Organizing Maps, ICDM'2010 – DMAGI’2010 Workshop, IEEE Computer Society Press.
  32. Suominen, H., Pyysalo, S., Hiissa, M., Ginter, F., Liu, S., Marghescu, D., Pahikkala, T., Back, B., Karsten, H., and Salakoski, T. (2008) Performance Evaluation Measures for Text Mining. In Song M. and Yi-Fang Wu Y.-F. (eds.), Handbook of Research on Text and Web Mining Technologies, IGI Global.
  33. Marghescu, D. (2008) Usability Evaluation of Information Systems: A Review of Five International Standards. In Barry, C., Lang, M., Wojtkowski, W., Wojtkowski, G., Wrycza, S., & Zupancic, J. (eds) The Inter-Networked World: ISD Theory, Practice, and Education, (Proceedings of 16th International Conference on Information Systems Development (ISD 2007), August, Galway, Ireland), Springer-Verlag: New York.
  34. Marghescu, D. (2007) User Evaluation of Multidimensional Data Visualization Techniques for Financial Benchmarking. In Proceedings of European Conference on Information Management and Evaluation (ECIME 2007), September, Montpellier, France.
  35. Marghescu, D. (2007) Multidimensional Data Visualization Techniques for Exploring Financial Performance Data. In Electronic Proceedings of 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2007), August, Keystone, Colorado, USA.
  36. Marghescu, D. (2007) Evaluation of Projection Techniques Using Hubert’s Γ Statistics. In Proceedings of IADIS 1st European Conference on Data Mining (DM 2007), July, Lisbon, Portugal, IADIS Press.
  37. Marghescu, D. (2006) Evaluating the Effectiveness of Projection Techniques in Visual Data Mining. In Proceedings of the 6th IASTED International Conference on Visualization, Imaging, and Image Processing (VIIP2006), August 28-30, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, ACTA PRESS.
  38. Rajanen, M. and Marghescu, D. (2006) The Impact of Game Usability to Player Attitude. In Proceedings of the 29th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS 29), August 12-15, Elsinore, Denmark.
  39. Marghescu, D. and Rajanen, M.J. (2005) Assessing the Use of the SOM Technique in Data Mining. In Proceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Databases and Applications (DBA 2005), February 14 – 16, Innsbruck, Austria, ACTA PRESS.
  40. Marghescu, D., Rajanen, M., and Back, B. (2004) Evaluating the Quality of Use of Visual Data-Mining Tools. In Proceedings of 11th European Conference on IT Evaluation (ECITE 2004), 11-12 November, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
  41. Marghescu, D. (2003) A Conceptual Framework for Evaluating the Quality of Visualization Tools in Data Mining. In Electronic Proceedings of the 26th Information Systems Research Seminar in Scandinavia (IRIS26), August 9-12, 2003, Haikko Manor, Finland.

PhD Thesis

  1. Marghescu, D. (2008) Evaluating Multidimensional Visualization Techniques in Data Mining Tasks. PhD Thesis, Åbo Akademi University, TUCS Dissertations 107. pdf

Technical reports

  1. Rajanen, M. & Rajanen, D. (2020) Instructional Storyboard Outcomes of a Co-creation Workshop for Safety Culture in Digital Fabrication. INTERACT No 3, October 2020. University of Oulu, Finland. pdf
  2. Marghescu, D., Salminen, M., & Ravaja, N. Media experience elicited by print and tablet news: A psychophysiological investigation. Project Report for Next Media–a TIVIT Programme. pdf
  3. Helle, M., Ravaja, N., Heikkilä, H., Kallenbach, J., Kätsyri, J., Laine, J., Marghescu, D., Mensonen, A., Aikala, M., Saari, T. (2011) Media Experience: Detailed plan of empirical studies.Project report for Next Media–a TIVIT Programme.
  4. Helle, M., Ravaja, N., Heikkilä, H., Kallenbach, J., Kankainen, A., Kätsyri, J., Laine, J., & Marghescu, D. (2011). A theoretical model of media experience and research methods for studying it. Project report for Next Media–a TIVIT Programme.
  5. Marghescu, D., Kallio, M., and Back, B. (2010) Using financial ratios to select companies for tax auditing: An exploratory study. Technical Report 996, TUCS, December 2010.
  6. Sarlin, P., and Marghescu, D. (2010) Visual predictions of currency crises: A comparison of Self-Organizing Maps with probit models. Technical Report 978, TUCS, June 2010.
  7. Marghescu, D., Liu, S., Sarlin, P. (2010) Evaluation of a Fuzzy C-Means Model in Currency Crisis Prediction. Technical Report 970, TUCS, April 2010.
  8. Marghescu, D. (2007) Multidimensional Data Visualization Techniques for Financial Performance Data: A Review. Technical Report 810, TUCS, February 2007.

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