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

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

Research group

Augmented Climbing Wall - Game Research Group

Photography

Focus area

Image of the Aalto ARTS photography studio by Antti Huittinen

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. 

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

DEBATE, PART 2

Bruce Altshuler, Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Sarah Kenderdine, Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás 2021 Hybrid Museums Symposium Proceedings

Game jams in general formal education

Riikka Aurava, Mikko Meriläinen, Ville Kankainen, Jaakko Stenros 2021 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CHILD-COMPUTER INTERACTION

Learning Task-Agnostic Action Spaces for Movement Optimization

Amin Babadi, Michiel Van de Panne, Caren Liu, Perttu Hamalainen 2021 IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

Lost Islands

Samir Bhowmik 2021

Memory Machines

Samir Bhowmik, Jussi Parikka 2021 LEONARDO

Defining STEAM Approaches for Higher Education

Claudia Carter, Heather Barnett, Kathryn Burns, Nathan Cohen, Eva Durall Gazulla, Frank Nack, Andrew Newman, Shaun Ussher 2021 European Journal of STEM Education

Review on Techniques to Measure Spatial Affordances in VR Environment

Tania Miranti Chumaira, Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Luis Emilio Bruni 2021 COGNITIVE PROCESSING
More information on our research in the Research database.
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