Aalto Media Lab


From an artistic and design perspective, the research subject of the Media Lab is digital media, how is it created and used and what is its potential impact in society. Our research engages in practical and theoretical activities covering both traditional and new categories in non-conventional ways. The research agenda of Media Lab is truly interdisciplinary, international, and closely aligned to Aalto University’s strategic priority in information communications technology (ICT) and Media.
Media Lab Spring Demo Day

Our focus on digital media as harbinger of the latest trends in audio-visual production is also important in much of our research. Our research encompasses multi-modality and cross-media tools and methods, textual, visual, auditory, and most recently tactile as well as gesture-based communication channels and interfaces. Since 2000 we have been researching the use of visualization and information design in order to create new forms of visual literacy and communication. Nevertheless, we also emphasize and are committed to further development of excellence in communication through artistic practices.

Our research staff is engaged in a wide variety of tasks, from developing and leading research projects, working in research groups, teaching and guiding doctoral dissertations, to lecturing in the Master of Arts program. As of March 2017, there are more than 40 full time and part-time doctoral students in the Lab. The current ratio of student to faculty for post-graduate studies is 1:7.

Research Groups

The research activities at Media Lab have been actively developed since 1995 and are organized through thematic research groups with projects. These research groups play an important role in our education programs, not only in terms of the contents and themes that they develop but also, because they bring the networks, the real-world concerns and the competitiveness of research and development environments into our international and multicultural educational framework.

Visiting scholars as well as  post-graduate students can join a research group as assistant researcher or as a researcher. A dissertation theme for example, can be aligned with a topic of research within a given group.

Former Research Groups

This section includes information on former research groups at Aalto ARTS during the period 2010-present.


Crucible Studio explores, defines and creates new forms of storytelling in dialogue with new media and traditions of drama. Founded in 2002, the research studio is situated between the Media Lab and Media Centre Lume of School of Arts, Design and Architecture, which provides a unique environment where professionally equipped and maintained production facilities are linked with a content-led, practice-based and multidisciplinary research group.


Crucible Studio participates in Practice Based Research productions, which combine state-of-the-art expertise of design, drama, and technology. Crucible Studio’s goal is to achieve deeper emotional experiences in the interactive media and to create production methods to develop content and technology simultaneously in the multi-talented teams of artists, designers, scientists and technology experts.

Crucible Studio was established to respond to the apparent need of story-based, emotionally rich contents of high-quality new media products and co-operation between the experts in arts, technology and design.


For more information, contact Pia Tikka (group leader).

ARKI (1996-2016)

The focus of Arki was in the co-evolution of digital media technology and the practices of everyday life, with a design perspective. Their work drew on experiences and practices of collaboration, participation and open modes of design and production. The name of the group, ARKI, means “everyday” in Finnish.

Research topics:

Understanding the role and potential of design and media in everyday life: Arki studied design and develop practices (content, formats, services and environments) together with individuals, communities, collectives and organizations.

ARKI was a multidisciplinary group, launched in 1996 which worked on a large number of research and design projects, funded by TEKES, Finnish Academy and the EU until its closure in August 2016 as part of cutbacks at Aalto University, brought about by financial circumstances that arose as a direct result of the Finnish government’s decisions to impose massive financial cuts on the nation’s higher education sector.

Contact information:

Kari- Hans Kommonen (research group leader) [email protected]



Our master’s thesis works – sadly not the older ones – are stored in Aaltodoc / Department of Media. A copy of each work can be found in Aralis library, and one copy here in Media Lab.

Research information portal

Our research related publications can currently be found in the Acris database.

Latest publications

All the latest publications can be found below.

Perceptual analysis of directional late reverberation

Benoit Alary, Pierre Massé, Sebastian Schlecht, Markus Noisternig, Vesa Välimäki 2021 The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

ARS108: Song for the Unknown II

Heta Kaisto, Antti Ikonen 2021

A dataset of higher-order Ambisonic room impulse responses and 3D models measured in a room with varying furniture

Georg Götz, Sebastian J. Schlecht, Ville Pulkki 2021 2021 Immersive and 3D Audio: from Architecture to Automotive (I3DA)

Autonomous robot twin system for room acoustic measurements

Georg Götz, Abraham Martinez Ornelas, Sebastian Schlecht, Ville Pulkki 2021 Journal of the Audio Engineering Society

The Role of Modal Excitation in Colorless Reverberation

Janis Heldmann, Sebastian Schlecht 2021 Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Digital Audio Effects (DAFx20in21)

Forming the Dog Internet: Prototyping a Dog-to-Human Video Call Device

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas, Roosa Piitulainen, Andres Lucero 2021 Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction

Spatial Filter Bank in the Spherical Harmonic Domain: Reconstruction and Application

Christoph Hold, Sebastian Schlecht, Archontis Politis, Ville Pulkki 2021 2021 IEEE Workshop on Applications of Signal Processing to Audio and Acoustics (WASPAA)

Kosti Koskinen - kadunmiehen päiväkirja

Antti Ikonen, Heta Kaisto, Henna Paunu 2021


Antti Ikonen 2021

Pakkausalan koulutus

Markus Joutsela 2021 Kestävä pakkaus
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database

Department of Media Research Blog

The posts in the blog advertise and document monthly activities and events related to research and the doctoral studies program in the Department of Media in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The pages provide information about ongoing seminars, courses, bibliographies and more.

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