University of Helsinki Department of Computer Science

Department of Computer Science

Department information


Petteri Nurmi, PhD

Senior Researcher, Docent/Adjunct Professor

Helsinki Institute for Information Technology

P. O. Box 68 (Gustaf Hällströmin katu 2B) FI-00014 University of Helsinki, Finland

My research group: Ubiquitous Sensing.

My PhD Thesis: Identifying Meaningful Places

Contact Information

Room: A311
Phone: +358 9 191 51179
Fax: +358 9 191 51120
Mobile: +358 (0)50 3237687
Email: petteri.nurmi(at)

Brief bio

Petteri Nurmi is a Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT and University of Helsinki where he is leading the Ubiquitous Sensing research group. He obtained his PhD in 2009 from the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki, where he is a Docent of Computer Science since 2012. His research interests include mobile sensing, adaptive interfaces, and ubiquitous computing in general.

Selected Publications

Full list of publications with links to online versions can be found at my research group's publication page.

  - S. Hemminki, P. Nurmi, S. Tarkoma, "Accelerometer-Based Transportation Mode Detection on Smartphones", Proceedings of the 11th ACM Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys, Rome, November 2013).

  - H. T. Truong, E. Lagerspetz, P. Nurmi, A. J. Oliner, S. Tarkoma, N. Asokan, S. Bhattacharya, The Company You Keep: Measuring Mobile Malware Infection Rates and Identifying Inexpensive Predictors of Susceptibility to Infection, Proceedings of the 23rd International World Wide Web Conference (WWW, Seoul, Korea, April, 2014).

  - M. B. Kjaergaard, S. Bhattacharya, H. Blunck, P. Nurmi, "Energy-efficient Trajectory Tracking for Mobile Devices", in Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys, Washington, DC, June-July 2011), ACM, 2011.

  - J. Kukkonen, E. Lagerspetz, P. Nurmi, M. Anderson, "BeTelGeuse: A Platform for Gathering and Processing Situational Data", IEEE Pervasive Computing, 2009

  - P. Nurmi, S. Bhattacharya, "Identifying Meaningful Places - The Nonparametric Way", in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive'08, Sydney, Australia), Springer-Verlag, 2008

  - S. Bhattacharya, H. Blunck, M. Kjaergaard, P. Nurmi, Robust and Energy-Efficient Trajectory Tracking for Mobile Devices, IEEE Transactions on Mobile Computing (TMC), 2014.

  - E. Peltonen, E. Lagerspetz, P. Nurmi, S. Tarkoma, "Energy Modeling of System Settings: A Crowdsourced Approach", Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom, St. Louis, March, 2015). [Acceptance rate: 17.5%].

  - S. Bhattacharya, P. Nurmi, N. Hammerla, T. Plötz, "Using Unlabeled Data in a Sparse-coding Framework for Human Activity Recognition", Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PMC), 2014.

  - I. Ahmed, Y. Ye, S. Bhattacharya, N. Asokan, G. Jacucci, P. Nurmi, S. Tarkoma, "Checksum Gestures: Continuous Gestures as an Out-of-Band Channel for Secure Pairing", Proceedings of the 2015 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp), 2015 [Acceptance rate: 23.6%]

  - H. T. T. Truong, X. Gao, B. Shresthra, N. Saxena, N. Asokan, P. Nurmi, "Comparing and Fusing Different Sensor Modalities for Relay Attack Resistance in Zero-Interaction Authentication", Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom, Budapest, March, 2014)

Last updated 06/11/2015.