Welcome to the international (English-speaking) blog of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Our blog invites views on research, education, student life, and other societal themes connected to our computer science fields. The intention is to build a forum as an open window for readers from inside and outside computer science. If you have any good ideas or articles to share on this blog, please feel free to contact us: cs-blog [ät] cs.helsinki.fi.
Welcome to the international (English speaking) blog of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Helsinki. Our blog invites views on research, education, student life, and other societal themes connected to our computer science fields.
In the era of rapidly evolving communication tools, formats, genres, and practices, it is challenging to produce timely and interesting text (and or video and images). The blog (from "weblog") was born as a particular format of communication that utilizes the web to create a series or log of entries such as a diary, reflections and other threads of entries usually from a personal perspective. While blogs emerged in the nineties, mainstream diffusion happened in the last decade with a variety of articulations depending on media types (vlog for videos, photoblogs etc.) and roles of bloggers. With the emergence of social software such as twitter and facebook, web users and organisations have a wide range of possibilities and tools to share ideas and communicate. Recently the web has begun to provide pervasive functionality to make such blogs, tweets, and status updates interactive through commenting, voting etc.
Blogs should be frequent or regular, apparently every 60 seconds 1500+ blog posts and 60+ new blogs are created somewhere in the world (http://www.go-gulf.com/blog/60-seconds). One in five bloggers update their blogs daily. Currently there are over 400 million active “English” blogs and 77% of Internet users read blogs. Most bloggers are between 18-44 years old. This venture is a relevant and valuable investment of time since 15% of bloggers spend 10 hours a week blogging (http://technorati.com/blogging/feature/state-of-the-blogosphere-2009/).
With the intention of building a forum as an open window for readers from inside and outside computer science, the CS Blog Task Force has been formed at the department with four active members: Yi Ding(Aaron), Doris Entner, Giulio Jacucci, and Laura Langohr.
A question to you reader is: what do you think blogs (and in specific this blog) are good for? We believe it will help us to slow down, reflect, think, create ideas, share and communicate, build us into a community, practice textual narratives, etc.
If you have any good ideas or articles to share on this blog, please feel free to contact us:
The CS Blog Task Force
Aaron is doing his PhD in the NODES group at the CS department. His research focuses on mobile computing and energy efficient design for multi-interfaced mobile devices.
Giulio is a Professor at the CS department. His area is Human-Computer Interaction. For more information, please find his homepage here
Doris is a researcher at the CS department and HIIT, doing her PhD in the neuroinformatics research group. Her research interests include graphical models, causal discovery, and time series.