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Invitation to Diginet project's webinar on 18.10.2023

Published: Wednesday 4 October 2023

This invitation is about Diginet project closing seminar which is held in Finnish.

Kutsumme teidät osallistumaan Digivertaisverkko-projektin Zoom-verkkoseminaariin, joka pidetään keskiviikkona 18.10. alkaen klo 12.30.

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Interact researchers Väyrynen and Lanamäki receive AIS Impact Award

Published: Monday 13 December 2021

The Association for Information Systems (AIS) has awarded Karin Väyrynen and Arto Lanamäki the AIS Impact Award. The award was given for the societal impact in studying technology regulation in the context of the Finnish taxi industry. The award ceremony was held in the annual International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS) in Austin TX in December 2021. The chair of the award committee Dr. Tilo Böhmann noted: “When someone cites your work writing to the European Commission you can be pretty proud of that.” Väyrynen and Lanamäki have studied digital transformation in the Finnish taxi industry since 2017.

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Student guild Blanko awards INTERACT teacher Antti Juustila for excellent teaching

Published: Tuesday 7 December 2021

Information Processing Science student guild Blanko awards INTERACT teacher Antti Juustila for excellent teaching. The award was based on student feedback. Example of the feedback:

"Paras palaute, mitä olen koskaan mistään kurssista saanut. Oppi ymmärtämään. mitä tein oikein ja missä oli parantamista."

INTERACT proudly congratulates Antti for this award!

Tietotekniikan tutkimussäätiön vuoden 2019 väitöskirjapalkinto Guido Giuntille

Published: Monday 10 June 2019

Tietotekniikan tutkimussäätiö on myöntänyt Tietojenkäsittelytieteen Seuran esityksestä vuoden 2019 väitöskirjapalkinnon filosofian tohtori Guido Giuntille hänen Marie Curie ITN CHESS -projektissa tekemästään väitöskirjasta “3MD for Chronic Conditions: A Model for Motivational mHealth Design". 5 000 €:n arvoinen palkinto luovutettiin Tietojenkäsittelytieteen päivillä Kuopiossa 10.6.2019.

Seminar: Steam and Making in Oulu

Published: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Interested in FabLabs, maker culture or STEAM education? Interact research unit is arranging a seminar ahead of Fablearn Europe on 28.5, where educators, researchers and other members of the maker community gather together to share and discuss their experiences concerning what is happening both in formal education, and more informal context in clubs, makerspaces and fab labs.

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Trainee positions

Published: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Trainee positions and scholarships for trainees in INTERACT Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland) to conduct practical training for two months. The scholarship for trainees is 1500 euros. Maximum of 3 trainees will receive the scholarship hopefully leading to a master’s thesis on the topic. The applicants are asked to select 1 or maximum of 2 topics that they consider relate most to their expertise and interest.

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TOL 50

Published: Wednesday 16 January 2019

50 Years of Information Processing Science in Oulu

Reseach and Education in Information Processing Science celebrates its 50 years in Oulu on Friday, January 25th, 2019.
The jubileum seminar is free of charge and ends with coffee and cake. The TOL 50th anniversary exhibition is open all day, and after the seminar you can attend the campus tour at 16:00.
The jubileum dinner includes a festive buffet menu, and even the after party at Teekkaritalo.

The events are in Finnish.

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FabLearn Europe 2019 conference

Published: Thursday 13 December 2018

We are arranging FabLearn Europe 2019 conference in University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland on May 28-29, 2019. The two-day conference brings together international researchers, educators, designers, and makers to discuss and explore digital fabrication in education, making in educational contexts, and hands-on learning for the 21st Century.

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ECIS 2019 Track: HCI in a Sharing Society

Published: Friday 2 November 2018

We would like to invite you to submit to the research track "HCI in a Sharing Society" at the European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS) 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, June 12-14, 2019. Please forward this CFP to interested colleagues and students.

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Guido Giunti defends his thesis on health-related services through the use of mobile technologies

Published: Tuesday 2 October 2018

Guido Giunti (MD) defends his PhD thesis "3MD for chronic conditions : a model for motivational mHealth design" on 

 on October 5, 2018 at 12 o'clock in Lecture Hall L10, University of Oulu Linnanmaa campus.

Opponents: Professor Ilpo Koskinen, University of New South Wales, Australia and Professor Kirsikka Kaipainen, Tampere University of Technology

Kustos: professor Minna Isomursu

BCI event: "Mind reader" Emotiv demo

Published: Monday 11 June 2018

As part of our BCI (Brain-Computer Interaction) research initiative, on 8.6.2018 we have presented a "mind reader" Emotiv demo at Nokia. The demo was invited and hosted by Juha Hannula at the Open Day event at Nokia Oulu Garage facility. Emotiv is a commerical BCI system. It consists of a wireless EEG headset with 14 channels and a gyroscope. It can detect facial expressions, psychological states and conscious thoughts. Using the BCI feature the system is able to respond to up to four trained thoughts such as to interact with an object on the screen or a remote device. During the demonstration, the following commands have been trained and used: move upwards (lift), move down, move left, move right, make disapper, rotate clockwise, rotate counter-clockwise, pull and push.

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World Usability Day - 9.11.2017

Published: Wednesday 8 November 2017

SIGCHI Finland organizes this year's World Usability Day (WUD) in Oulu together with Interact Research Unit.

The event takes place at University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus, TellUs stage on 9th of November time 12.15 - 16.00.

The theme of this year WUD is Inclusion Through User Experience.

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Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation grants

Published: Monday 9 October 2017

Eija Halkola and Dorina Rajanen received grants for post-doctoral studies from Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foudation:

  • Eija Halkola: Opettajien rooli kouluverkon infrastrukturoinnissa - teknologiavälitteisen opetuksen kehittäjinä
  • Dorina Rajanen: Climate change in the news: a study of how media messages impact the perceptions, emotions, attention, and behavior


Reviewer's Choice Award of Interact 2017 Conference

Published: Friday 6 October 2017

The paper "UX Professionals’ Definitions of Usability and UX – A Comparison between Turkey, Finland, Denmark, France and Malaysia" by Dorina Rajanen, Torkil Clemmensen, and Netta Iivari et al. has been awarded the Reviewer's Choice Award of INTERACT 2017. This award is granted to 15% of accepted full papers submissions based on reviewers’ ratings for review. Congratulations Dorina and others!

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The most impactful paper of ACM MobileHCI 2007

Published: Thursday 7 September 2017

A paper written as a result of a Master’s thesis project of Information Processing Science student MSc Juha Häikiö in supervision of Prof. Minna Isomursu has been nominated as the most impactful paper of ACM MobileHCI 2007 at the MobileHCI conference in Vienna, 7th September. The paper is called ”Touch-based user interface for elderly users.” It presents and evaluates implementation of meals-on-wheels service for old adults, which used touch-based user interface technology. The research was carried out in the context of ITEA SmartTouch project in collaboration with VTT.

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Best paper nomination

Published: Thursday 22 June 2017

Vasiliki Mylonopoulou's paper nominated as one of the best papers in the 30th IEEE International Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems conference in Thessaloniki, Greece, June 22-24

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Funding from ESR for battling gender segregation in IT field

Published: Thursday 22 June 2017

LUNO - Lukiolaisista nostetta ohjelmistoalalle - project: Battling the gender segregation on our field by making IT field more interesting for female senior-highschoolers by teaching them programming and designerly thinking as well as giving them more information about our field in general

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August 2016

Published: Saturday 20 August 2016

New publications for Leena Ventä-Olkkonen, Arto Lanamäki, Netta Iivari and Kari Kuutti!

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June 2016

Published: Friday 3 June 2016

Our people are on the move and presenting papers: UK (Manchester/IDC, Preston/FabLearn), Turkey (Istanbul/ECIS) and also here in Oulu (PerDis). Kari Kuutti got a paper accepted in 4S/EASST in Barcelona, in August 2016.

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May 2015

Published: Friday 20 May 2016

Arto Lanamäki, Netta Iivari and Kari Kuutti participate in the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP) in Trento, Italy. Jouni Lappalainen participates the 38th International Conference on Software Engineering Companion (ICSE) in Austin, Texas, USA.

Netta Iivari and Marianne Kinnula got a paper accepted in Scandinavian Conference on Information Systems (SCIS).

April 2016

Published: Wednesday 20 April 2016

Our group members got papers accepted in the 12th International Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems (COOP), in the Interaction Design and Children conference, and European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2016).

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December 2015

Published: Tuesday 1 December 2015

Minna Pakanen defending her PhD thesis 18.12.2015 on "Visual design examples in the evaluation of anticipated user experience at the early phases of research and development". Eija Halkola defending her PhD thesis 9.12.2015 on "Participation in infrastructuring the future school - A nexus analytic inquiry".

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October 2015

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015

Inforte course on Value-Oriented Design for Children and Young People on November 25th-26th at Oulu University. World Usability Day 2015 event on November 12th, 2015 at University of Oulu, Auditorium GO101.

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September 2015

Published: Tuesday 1 September 2015

Mikko Rajanen has two presentations in Germany, first at Interact 2015 Conference in Bamberg, Germany, and then he talks at FAU, Computer Science Department, Open-Source Software Research Group, in Erlangen-Nurenberg.

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August 2015

Published: Monday 31 August 2015

Karin Väyrynen and Arto Lanamäki participated at the Int'l Summer School on CSCW in Como, Italy. Two papers were accepted at HICSS 49 Conference: Dorina Rajanen et al. (2016) and Arto Lanamäki et al. (2016). Netta Iivari and Minna Isomursu spoke at Inauguration of Professors at University of Oulu. INTERACT research group co-organized the SCIS 2015 conference and IRIS38 workshop in Oulu.

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