News

June, 2022

Papers accepted to be published in the highest-ranked computer science publication venue IEEE CVPR, as well as in the Information Processing and Management journal. Watch out for preprints.

March, 2022

Tung Vuong successfully defended his PhD thesis: Behavioral Task Modeling for Entity Recommendation. Congratulations!


August, 2021

Three papers accepted to be published in ACM TOIS, ACM TOCHI, and ACM RecSys. Watch out for preprints.


Our new project where we aim to develop crowd-powered brain-computer interfaces for affective representation learning is recommended to be funded under the CHIST-ERA scheme. Looking forward to work with European partners on this.


March, 2021

Our research on brain-computer interfacing for modeling personal attractiveness was featured in the Independent, the Daily Mail, VICE, RT, and many others.


February, 2021

Our paper titled “Brain-computer interface for generating personally attractive images” has been accepted for publication by IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing. Watch out for a preprint.


January, 2021

Our paper titled “Collaborative Filtering with Preferences Inferred from Brain Signals” has been accepted for publication at The Web Conference (WWW). Watch out for a preprint.


Our paper titled “Spoken Conversational Context Improves Query Auto Completion in Web Search” has been accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Information Systems. Watch out for a preprint.


December, 2020

Our research was reviewed by the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, see here.


October, 2020

Our research on neuroadaptive generative modeling was featured in the Independent, unite.ai, La Vanguardia, ACM and many others.


September, 2020

The group starts to operate also at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. We are looking forward for new collaborations and exciting research!


Our paper on connecting generative adversarial networks (GANs) with brain-computer interfaces, titled Neuroadaptive modelling for generating images matching perceptual categories is published by Scientific Reports (Nature). The paper is available here.


August, 2020

Our paper titled “Generating Images Instead of Retrieving Them: Relevance Feedback on Generative Adversarial Networks” published at SIGIR 2020

The paper is available here


May, 2020

Our YouTube channel is now available here.

Two of our papers, published in Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, receive a high-impact award being in the top 10% most downloaded papers! The papers are: Integrating neurophysiologic relevance feedback in intent modeling for information retrieval and Understanding user behavior in naturalistic information search tasks.


April, 2020

Our paper on interactive GANs accepted for publication at SIGIR 2020. Stay tuned for a preprint.

Our paper on brain responses and information theory, titled "Information gain modulates brain activity evoked by reading" accepted for publication at Scientific Reports (Nature). The paper is available here.


February, 2020

Our paper on brainsourcing, titled "Brainsourcing: Crowdsourcing Recognition Tasks via Collaborative Brain-Computer Interfacing" accepted for publication at CHI 2020. Paper available here.

Research

Computing systems are needed to mimic human intelligence in understanding the open and complex world, analyzing a variety of data, and assisting humans in creating and finding information, as well as making better decisions. Modern artificial intelligence can already learn to accomplish many tasks at a human level from data exemplified for them by humans via interaction. Our research broadly focuses on understanding such interaction with intelligent systems / agents / services and developing computational methods to optimize and personalize them. This is achieved by making machines to assist humans in their cognitive functions to better find, process, understand, create, and make decisions. To this end, our research develops theoretical and data-driven models that model data but also predict and explain human goals, needs, and preferences toward the data by using implicit, explicit, and cognitive signals. These models are thenn applied and evaluated in various human-facing applications: information search, visual analytics, recommendation, information generation, and decision support.

Central research themes in this broad area are user modeling, utilization of implicit data for machine learning, interactive information retrieval and access, ranking and recommendation models, information generation models and systems. My research approach is multidisciplinary and combines methods from several subfields of computer science, electrical engineering and signal processing, and cognitive science.

Research highlights

Interactive Information Retrieval

We develop novel information retrieval and interactive visualization methods to assist humans search, perceiving, and comprehending complex information spaces.

Brain-computer Interfacing and Physiological Input

We develop new implicit and reactive interfaces toward information that utilize brain and physiological signals and apply them in adaptive and interactive systems.

Behavioral Monitoring and User Modeling

We develop user models that observe natural man-machine interactions and learn users' goals, intentions, and needs from this passively observed digital behavior.

Publications

Our research is published in top venues for human-computer interaction (such as CHI, UIST, and IUI), information retrieval and access (such as SIGIR, TOIS, JASIST and IPM), pattern recognition and computer vision (such as CVPR), and man-machine interfacing and affective computing (such as IEEE TAFFC), as well as general science outlets (such as Communications of the ACM and Scientific Reports). Below is a selection of publications from our group that represent different research directions, from brain-computer interfacing and cognitive modeling, to interactive information generation and retrieval.

A good approximation of our publications is also provided by Google Scholar

People

The group operates at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark (as part of the IRLab) and the University of Helsinki, Finland. Our research is funded by the European Union and the Academy of Finland and supported by the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI).

Tuukka Ruotsalo
Group leader

Michiel Spapé
Senior researcher
(now officially with Niklas Ravaja's group)

Tung Vuong
Postdoc

Keith Davis
PhD student

Carlos de la Torre Ortiz
PhD student

Jun Ma
PhD student

Kalle Mäkelä
Research Assistant

Alumni

  • Lauri Kangassalo (moved to FMI)
  • Oswald Barral (co-supervised with G. Jacucci, moved to The University of British Columbia)
  • Khalil Klouche (co-supervised with G. Jacucci, founded wivr.io/)
  • Payel Bandyopadhyay (co-supervised with G. Jacucci, moved to Texas A&M University)
  • Ksenia Konyushkova (moved to EPFL and DeepMind)
  • Miamaria Saastamoinen (moved to National Library of Finland)
  • Antti Lipsanen (moved to Etsimo Healthcare)
  • Sean Weber (moved to Etsimo Healthcare)
  • Jukka Leino (moved to TuTasa)
  • Kseniia Belorustceva (moved to Digital Workforce)
  • Press and media

    Selected media and press appearances:

  • 2021 Tuukka was interviewed by the National Broadcasting Company (YLE) for their Science radio about our work on brain-computer interfaces.
  • 2021 Tuukka and Michiel were interviewed by Tekniikan Maailma (the leading popular technology magazine in Finland) about our work.
  • 2021 Our research on neuroadaptive modeling was featured by the ACM.
  • 2021 Our research on neuroadaptive modeling was featured by La Vanguardia.
  • 2021 Our research on neuroadaptive generative modeling was featured in the Independent.
  • 2020 Tuukka was interviewed in Helsingin Sanomat about brain-computer interfaces.
  • 2020 Our research on brain sourcing was featured in the National Broadcasting Company YLE news.
  • 2020 Our research on brain sourcing was featured in the Digital Trends.
  • 2019 Tuukka was interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat about brain-computer interfacing for typing.
  • 2018 Tuukka was interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat about brain-computer interfacing for gaming.
  • 2017 Tuukka was interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat about language processing.
  • 2016 Our research on brain-computer interfacing for recommender systems was featured in TechCrunch.
  • 2016 Tuukka was interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat about brain-computer interfacing for information retrieval and recommendation.
  • 2015 Our research of intent modeling for information retrieval was featured in TechCrunch.
  • 2015 Tuukka was interviewed by Helsingin Sanomat about search engines and language processing.
  • 2015 Our work on information retrieval was featured in Economic Times.
  • Work with us

    We are always interested in hearing about motivated students in human-computer interaction, information retrieval, applied machine learning, affective computing, and brain-computer interfacing.