Hello, dear visitor. Happy to see you here!

I’m a researcher at the Community Imaging Group at University of Oulu, Finland.

Over the years I’ve been dabbling in a multitude of different research topics, but recently I’ve focused a bit more on public displays and situated technologies in general.

Public displays

One of the more interesting things that I’ve been lucky to work with from its very beginning is the “Open UBI Oulu” initiative (or something like that, dear child has many names). The most visible part of the infrastructure deployed during the initiative is a grid of large, interactive public displays in downtown Oulu: hotspots.

The hotspot grid has enabled studying public display services and their users in an authentic (and ruthless) environment, and with thousands of uncoached end-users. My particular responsibility has been exploring the integration of Social Networking Services to hotspots in a way that is convenient for display users as well as software developers. In practice, I’ve developed different types of middleware solutions and a bunch of services leveraging the solutions. There’s a lot more into it than just this short intro, so why not read more here?


Tel: +35850 343 7515
Email: simo@simohosio.com