Department of Media

Research at the Department of Media

Our research activities include practice-led and basic research on art and design related topics, including visual communication and photography, visual communication design, media culture and heritage, new media design and learning, sound design as well as computer games.
Eva Durall's defence on Nov 1st 2018 - Department of Media Photo: Hilla Kurki

Our research activities include practice-led and basic research on art and design related topics, including visual communication and photography, visual communication design, media culture and heritage, new media design and learning, sound design as well as computer games. The work is carried out in the context of doctoral studies as well as within multi-disciplinary projects.

The Department of Media accepts visual design commissions from all sub-areas of communications and design. The most typical projects relate to corporate and product graphics, advertising, Internet websites, the design of electronic publications, as well as publication (magazines' appearance and layout), poster and packaging design.

Our research groups

AVCD

Aalto Visual Communication Design

Visualizing Knowledge - Photo by Sebastian Wolf

Embodied Design Research Group

Embodied Design Research Group studies embodied design as a design agenda. Current computing systems treat human beings mostly as connected minds, quite completely disregarding our bodily engagement with the world. Embodied design embraces the human body as a central resource for action, communication, and play.

EDG Research Group

Game Research Group

The game research group is led by prof. Perttu Hämäläinen, who joined Aalto in 2012 after a six-year period as the CTO of Virtual Air Guitar Company (e.g., Kung-Fu Live and Kung-Fu High Impact).

Augmented Climbing Wall - Game Research Group

Learning Environments Research Group (LeGroup)

The Learning Environments Research Group (LeGroup) is involved in research, design, and development of New Media tools, as well as their use in the field of learning.

+Andscape, Augmented reality sandbox

Photography

Photography research at Aalto is mainly conducted at the doctoral level. In addition, we host a biennial international photography research conference, the Helsinki Photomedia, which was established in 2012.

Image of the Aalto ARTS photography studio by Antti Huittinen

Sound and Physical Interaction Research Group

Sound and Physical Interaction (SOPI) research group’s main interests are centred on the broad area of Sound and Music Computing (SMC) and Sonic Interaction Design (SID).

Sound and Physical Interaction Research Group

Systems of Representation Research Group

The Systems of Representation seeks to make knowledge related to heritage tangible through the use of representation and digital media.

Systems of Representation Research Group

Focus on digital media

Our research 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.

The 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. The current ratio of student to faculty for post-graduate studies is 1:7.

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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Aalto BIZ researchers, photo Aino Huovio
Aalto Doctoral Programme in Arts, Design and Architecture

Latest publications

There are more than 1700 academic publications from the Department of Media published before the end of 2018. Here are the latest publications. 

Adorned in Memes: Exploring the Adoption of Social Wearables in Nordic Student Culture

Felix Anand Epp, Anna Kantosalo, Nehal Jain, Andres Lucero, Elisa Mekler 2022 CHI '22: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Nomadic Science Fiction: Experiencing Diversity and Alterity Through Urbanising Mongolia

Annu Wilenius, Saara Hacklin, Harri Laakso, Taina Rajanti, Pauline von Bonsdorff 2022

Tummuneva

Roberto Fusco, Andrea Mancianti 2021

Exploring a Feedback-Oriented Design Process Through Curved Folding

Emrecan Gulay, Toni Kotnik, Andres Lucero 2021 CHI '21: Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Understanding the Role of Physical and Digital Techniques in the Initial Design Processes of Architecture

Emrecan Gulay, Andres Lucero 2021 Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 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

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)

Pakkausalan koulutus

Markus Joutsela 2021 Kestävä pakkaus
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