Mission: Understanding and shaping the digital culture

Usability and UX Laboratory (UX Lab) is a research lab at Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) affiliated to the INTERACT Research Unit. The UX Lab is engaged in theoretical and empirical research on usability, user experience (UX), media experience, games & gamification, psychophysiology in human-computer interaction and media contexts, and brain-computer interfaces (BCI).

We conduct usability and UX studies adopting various methods and approaches such as usability testing, heuristic evaluations, experiments, surveys, data-driven approaches, psychophysiological approaches. In these studies we employ a pluralistic research methodology drawing from quantitative, qualitative and design science research philosophies.

Particular interests are in studying open-source software communities, information visualization, BCI, media research, safety culture and instructional design, technical and science communication, games and gamification, digitization of the individual, strategic usability, trends and mapping analyses, usability and UX practice, usability cost-benefit analysis.

The lab is equipped with usability testing and psychophysiological equipment such as EEG recording (brain activity) and EMG (facial muscle activity).

Contact information:

Mikko Rajanen, PhD, university lecturer, UX Lab manager, mikko.rajanen(at)oulu.fi

Dorina Rajanen, PhD, post-doctoral researcher, UX Lab scientific advisor, dorina.rajanen(at)oulu.fi