Aalto Media Lab

Aalto Media Lab

The Media Lab was founded in 1994 and is now a part of the Department of Art and Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.

The mission of the Media Lab is to explore, discover and comprehend the new digital technology and its impact in society; to find and exploit the possibilities it opens to communication, interaction and expression and to evaluate, understand and deal with the challenges it poses to design and creative production.

Aalto Media Lab
Aalto Media Lab Demo Day December 2018

News

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Register for training in open research

New topics included! Registrations for spring 2024 are open.
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Novel solutions for cross-sector collaboration: exploring Artpreneurship

Aalto researchers collaborate with businesses and creative professionals in a research project aimed at finding solutions to growth challenges.
The Visentools objects enable people to tell stories with visual metaphors. From left: Thomas Tuominen, Janina Saarnio, Robin Gustafsson, Mikko Illi and Shena Saj. Photo: Susanna Oksanen.
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A new visual teamwork tool based on metaphors

A typical problem in teamwork is an imbalance in participation – a few team members are active but not everyone's voice is heard. The Visentools project uses visual tools and haptic feedback to make workshops and team meetings more participatory and meaningful. The project is funded by Business Finland and has been piloted since May.
RDM & Open Science training
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Register for training in research data management and open science

New topics included! Registrations for autumn 2023 are open.

Events

AI in Research Work
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

AI in Research Work, Mar 11, 2024

Learn about AI's impact on research work with Staff Scientist & Data Agent Dr. Enrico Glerean and Data Agent Dr. Pedro Silva.
Higher Education OER Policies: Examples from institutional to European level
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Higher Education OER Policies: Examples from institutional to European level, Mar 13, 2024

Learn about policies on Open Educational Resources with researchers Dr. Sandra Schön, Dr. Martin Ebner, and Dr. Rubén Vicente-Saez.
Handling of Personal Data in Research (Q&A)
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Handling of Personal Data in Research (Q&A), Mar 18, 2024

Come ask about how to handle personal data in research from experts from the Aalto University Legal and Research Services.
Privacy in Speech Technology Research
Lectures and seminars, Staff trainings, Support for teams, Training to support research

Privacy in Speech Technology Research, Mar 21, 2024

Learn about privacy in speech technology research with Professor Tom Bäckström from the School of Electrical Engineering.

Latest Theses

The theses from the Media Lab are on public display at the Aalto University library as well as some of the latest ones also online. First recorded theses are from 1995 up to this date.

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Theses from the Media Lab

Media Lab Demo Days

Already in the late 1990s we adopted the slogan, ‘hands on with minds on’ to explain our work. We also adopted the ‘demo or die’ attitude of other Media Labs and formalised this into bi-annual Demodays, organised at the end of each term.

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Media Lab Winter Demo Day 2018. Work by John Lee. Photograph by Janne Koivisto.

Apply to Media Lab

Media Lab at the Department of Art anf Media offers interdisciplinary studies in design and production of new media, games and sound. Also various areas and amounts of design, arts, computer science, communication, cognitive science, sociology etc. are present during your studies in Media Lab.

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Department of Media Demo Day

Department of Art and Media

The departments of Art and Media at Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture have merged as of 1st January 2022. Professor Harri Laakso has been appointed as Head of the new Department of Art & Media.

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School of Arts, Design and Architecture

One of the most prestigious universities in its fields. We educate our students to create imaginative, collaborative, compassionate and unconventional approaches to the most pressing challenges of today.

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Students riding bikes in front of the Aalto University Väre building, photo by Unto Rautio
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