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ENCORE research

Encore research
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CreaTures research project

CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) 


The EU Horizon 2020 funded transdisciplinary research project highlights how creative practices can contribute to addressing climate change and associated effects. The project aims at demonstrating effective paths to achieving sustainability, social cohesion and peaceful co-existence at a time of rapid change. This will be achieved by identifying existing, often hidden transformational creative practices, by supporting new experimentation and direct audience engagement around these practices, and by evaluating their impact.

The three-year research project is coordinated by Aalto University Department of Design and the scientific coordinator of the project is professor Tuuli Mattelmäki. Key researchers from Encore team are post doc Marketa Dolejsova and post doc Namkyu Chun. Other Aalto key personnel in the project include research fellow Andrea Botero, professor of artistic practice Julia Lohmann, professor Sampsa Hyysalo, and project manager Riikka Raitio from the Aalto Research and Innovation Services. 

Contact: Tuuli Mattelmäki

For more information, visit the official project webpage

Sea4value (Photo: Aalto University/Aino Huovio)



Aarne Leinonen and Virpi Roto from Encore group will study new digital services for the first and last miles of the seaway in a new Sea4Value/Fairway research program. The new services should help e.g. the work of pilots. This program relates to Aarne’s Ph.D. studies on the interplay of service and experience design.

The project will run until 31.1.2022 with the following partners:

Companies:, Brighthouse, Ericsson, ESL Shipping, Finnpilot, Meyer Turku, Neste, Tieto

Authorities: Finnish Border Guard, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finnish Shipowners\' Association, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency, Traficom

Research units: Aalto University, Jyväskylä University, Novia, Tampere University, University of Turku

Contact: Virpi Roto

Drone delivery Otakaari 5 Image: Third Space Auto
Photo: Aalto University/Noora Stepleton

ENACT 2021-2023

Education network for automated and connected transport for sustainable cities (ENACT) is a collaboration project between Finnish universities.

Project partners are Tampere University, Aalto University (Department of Design and Built Environment), University of Lapland, LUT University, University of Turku, University of Vaasa, and Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

Contact: Virpi Roto and Teija Vainio

InDEx - Dimecc (Photo: Aalto University/Aino Huovio)

InDEx - Dimecc

Industrial Data Excellence (InDEx) researches the value of data as an enabler for the next industrial revolution centered around artificial intelligence in the Finnish manufacturing industry. The project is funded by Business Finland 2020-22. Partners include KoneCranes, Nokia and Tampere University.

For more information, visit

Contact: Virpi Roto

AMRI project (Photo: Aalto University)

Accessible Magnetic Resonance Imaging AMRI

AMRI project is a three-year project funded by Technology Industries’ Future Makers instrument. The project is led by assistant professor Ilkka Laakso in Aalto ELEC, and the project focuses on studying and developing a novel MRI concept and technology. 

Contact: Markus Ahola and Tuuli Mattelmäki

Latest publications


Dolejšová, M. (2021). Edible Speculations: Designing Everyday Oracles for Food Futures. Global Discourse, 11:1-2. Bristol University Press. DOI:

Ehrenberg, N. and Keinonen, T. (2021). The Technology Is Enemy for Me at the Moment: How Smart Home Technologies Assert Control Beyond Intent. To appear in the Proceedings of the CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. May 2021.

Wolff, A., Knutas, A., Pässila, A., Lautala, J., Kantola, L., Vainio, T. (2021). Designing SciberPunks as Future Personas for More than Human Design. To appear in CHI EA '21: Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. May 2021.

Wolff A., Pässilä A., Knutas A., Vainio T., Lautala J., Kantola L. (2021) The Importance of Creative Practices in Designing More-Than-Human Cities. In: Augusto J.C. (eds) Handbook of Smart Cities. Springer, Cham.


Henkel, A. P., Čaić, M., Blaurock, M., & Okan, M. (2020). Robotic transformative service research: deploying social robots for consumer well-being during Covid-19 and beyond. Journal of Service Management, DOI 10.1108/JOSM-05-2020-0145. Link for open access paper: 

Miltiadis, Constantinos.(2020) “Oblivious to Gravity: Virtual Architecture between Disciplinary Dead Ends and Complex Intersections.” Archidoct, Variability, 8, no. 1: 24–37

Peter Fröhlich, Matthias Baldauf, Philippe Palanque, Virpi Roto, Thomas Meneweger, Manfred Tscheligi, Zoe M. Becerra, and Fabio Paternò. (2020). Automation Experience across Domains: Designing for Intelligibility, Interventions, Interplay and Integrity. In Extended Abstracts of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1–8. DOI:

Markéta Dolejšová*, Danielle Wilde*, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, and Hilary Davis. (2020). Disrupting (More-than-) Human-Food Interaction: Experimental Design, Tangibles and Food-Tech Futures. In Proceedings of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ’20). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA. DOI: 

Markéta Dolejšová, Sjef van Gaalen, Danielle Wilde, Paul Graham Raven, Sara Heitlinger, and Ann Light. (2020). Designing with More-than-Human Food Practices for Climate-Resilience. In Companion Publication of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ‘20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA.DOI:

Hilary Davis, Danielle Wilde, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, and Markéta Dolejšová. (2020). Fantastic(e)ating Food Futures: Reimagining Human Food Interactions. In Companion Publication of the Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS ‘20 Companion). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA.DOI:

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