Work History

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University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland < 2004 - current >

Over the years, I have worked with several different research groups at University of Oulu. Right now I am working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu.

As a researcher at the University of Oulu, I have led and managed to completion many award-winning and challenging projects to improve urban spaces.

In my academic and professional work, I create real systems for real people. I think that too much research stays in the lab, when it would be better suited to improving people’s lives. In addition, I have taught / currently teach several courses, including Distributed Systems, Human-Computer Interaction, Applied Computing Projects I and II and Mobile & Social Computing.

In addition to my career in research, I have been employed by University of Oulu also for tutoring and teaching students.

University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan < 2016 >

I visited The Center for Spatial Information Science for 4 months to develop crowdsourcing mechanisms and tools to leverage local communities.

University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland < 2012 >

I was the technical lead for implementing a sensor-assisted elderly monitoring system, led by the University of Lapland. At the same time, I supervised a BSc project aimed to create the client application(s) for the end product, and I continued its development afterwards. Please see the project page for more details about the system we developed.

Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan < 2007 >

At Waseda University’s Distributed Computing Lab, I developed middleware for augmenting artefacts, such as embedding mini-computers to any ordinary furniture.

We created some of the world’s first prototypes to support content transfer using everyday artefacts as digital content containers, and developed fully-functional middleware to network artefacts together. If you are interested in more information, please click here.

Nokia (mobile phones), Oulu, Finland < 2005 >

I spent four months at Nokia, creating demos for a “Show Room” featuring the newest and brightest innovations of the company.

I worked with Symbian devices and created applications leveraging UPNP for media streaming.

Nokia Networks, Oulu, Finland < 2003 >
In this role, I tested various WCDMA base stations.

I also received a personal innovation grant from Nokia Networks for many improvement suggestions to the overall testing process.

Municipality of Nivala < 1998 - 2002 >

Various summer jobs during my teen years, mostly farm work.

Awards and Grants

  • European Conference on Ambient Intelligence (AmI) 2017: Best Short Paper Award for the co-authored work “Exploring the Use of Ambient WiFi Signals to Find Vacant Houses”
  • British HCI 2015: Best Full Paper Award for the first-authored work “Life through the Lens: A Qualitative Investigation of Human Behaviour with an Urban Photography Service”
  • CHI 2014: Honorable Mention Award for the co-authored work “CHI 1994-2013: Mapping two decades of intellectual progress through co-word analysis”
  • International UBI Summer School 2011: Best Presentation Award
  • HotMobile 2010 — Mobile Computing Systems and Applications: Best Paper Presentation Award for the first-authored full paper “Supporting Distributed Private and Public User Interface in Urban Environments”
  • Nokia Networks Oulu: personal innovation award for developing a mechanism to improve WCDMA base station testing process

Personal R&D Grants:

  • Academy of Finland Research Fellowship: 3-year post-doctoral funding. Sep 2015 – Aug 2018
  • Microsoft Research Cambridge (2011), UK: 3-year PhD scholarship. The first applicant from Finland to receive the funding
  • 3x Walter Ahlström Foundation
  • 2x Research and Training Foundation of Teliasonera
  • 1x Oulu University Scholarship Foundation
  • 1x Seppo Säynäjäkangas Science Foundation
  • 1x HPY Research Foundation
  • 1x University of Oulu Graduate School.

Teaching (University of Oulu)

  • 2018 Responsible Teacher: Social Computing, 5 ECTS credits
  • 2017, 2018 Responsible Teacher: Human-Computer Interaction, 5 ECTS credits
  • 2016, 2017 Responsible Teacher: Applied Computing Project I, 10 ECTS credits
  • 2016, 2017 Responsible Teacher: Applied Computing Project II, 10 ECTS credits
  • 2015 Teaching Assistant:  Mobile and Social Computing, 5 ECTS credits
  • 2014, 2015 Teaching Assistant: Applied Computing Project I, 10 ECTS credits
  • 2014, 2015 Teaching Assistant: Applied Computing Project II, 10 ECTS credits
  • 2010-2014 Teaching Assistant: Distributed Systems, 8 ECTS credits

+ A number of supervised BSc and MSc theses

Community Service

Organizing Committee

  • Arrangements Chair, International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PERDIS) 2016
  • International Workshop on Mobile and Situated Crowdsourcing (WMSC) 2016
  • International Workshop on Mobile and Situated Crowdsourcing (WMSC) 2015
  • Arrangements Chair, HiCUE ’13 — Workshop on Human Interfaces for Civic and Urban Engagement (UbiComp 2013)
  • Arrangements Chair, International UBI Summer School 2013
  • International UBI Summer School 2011
  • International UBI Summer School 2010

Technical Program Committee

  • AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing (HCOMP) 2018
  • Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MOBICASE) 2018
  • International Workshop on Context-Awareness for Multi-Device Pervasive and Mobile Computing (PerCrowd) 2018
  • International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PERDIS) 2017
  • International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) 2017
  • International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM) 2016
  • International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PERDIS) 2016
  • PD-Apps: Workshop on Developing Applications for Pervasive Display Networks 2015
  • PD-Apps: Workshop on Developing Applications for Pervasive Display Networks 2014

Executive Committee

OTiT — Information Engineers’ guild Oulu: Public relations and industry cooperation officer 2004

IEEE Student Branch Oulu

  • Vice-chair and arrangements officer 2005
  • Chair 2006
  • Librarian 2008
  • Public relations 2010

Review Duties

  • ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems / CHI
  • AAAI Conference on Human Computation and Crowdsourcing / HCOMP
  • ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing / CSCW
  • AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media / CWSM
  • Behaviour and Information Technology / BIT
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia / MUM
  • Grid and Pervasive Computing / GPC
  • Ubiquitous Computing / UbiComp
  • Digital Cities WS at Conference on Communities and Technologies / DC
  • International Symposium on Pervasive Displays / PERDIS
  • Ambient Intelligence / AmI
  • International Journal on Human-Computer Studies / IJHCS
  • International conference on Communities and Technologies / C&T
  • International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media / ICWSM
  • International Conference on Intelligent Environments / IE
  • International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services / MobileHCI
  • Transactions on Internet Technology / TOIT
  • Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology / TIST
  • The British Human Computer Interaction Conference / B-HCI
  • Interacting with Computers / IwC
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies / IJHCS
  • Applied Computing and Informatics / ACI
  • Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies / IMWUT
  • The Social Science Journal / SSJ
  • Interactive Surfaces and Spaces / ISS

Contact

I’m always available for collaboration, so please contact me if you have an idea in mind!