NODES research

Ubiquitous Interaction

Professor Giulio Jacucci

Post docs: Dr Eve Hoggan (vice leader), Dr Antti Jylhä

PhD students Kumaripaba Miyurusara Atukorala , Ilkka Kosunen

Research Assistants: Anu Lehtiö, Imtiaj Ahmed

Visiting: Luca Chech (University of Padova)

Ubiquitous Interaction studies the design, development and evaluation of interactivity with users in ubiquitous and mobile computing systems. The research is carried out by 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, information exploration and social computing. Application areas range from energy awareness, home computing, art and culture, workplace and knowledge work.

The research group is affiliated with the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT.

Studying HCI in the Ubiquitous Interaction research group

Ubiquitous Interaction also provides several ways for students to study Human-Computer Interaction through the Networking and Services Program. 

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is a discipline concerned with the design, evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems for human use and with the study of major phenomena surrounding them (ACM SIGCHI 1996).

HCI is a combination of science, engineering, and design. HCI focuses on the joint performance of tasks by humans and machines; the communication between human and machine; human capabilities; interface programming; the process of specification, design, and implementation of interfaces; and design trade-offs.
There are several courses on HCI available in the Computer Science Department provided by the Interactive Systems research group (more course details avaliable here):
  • Human-Computer Interaction (6 credits, 4th period)
    If you can not attend the course here, the Human-Computer Interaction course by Stanford University – available at Coursera -  contains similar topics. Find out more here.
  • Interface Technologies (6 credits,  1st and 2nd period)
    This master level course will extend the skills acquired during the bachelor level HCI course.
  • Interactive Systems (6 credits, 3rd and 4th period)
    This master level course will provide students with in-depth knowledge of issues in the design, implementation and evaluation of interactive systems. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop a state-of-the-art interactive system in a teamwork assignment.
  • Bachelor & Master Thesis
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Useful Resources
22.03.2013 - 14:51 Giulio Jacucci
17.06.2010 - 16:40 Tiina Niklander
17.06.2010 - 16:40 Niklander