Lily Diaz-Kommonen

Professori
Professori
A806 Department of Art and Media

Lily Díaz research interests are focused in: 1. New media platforms that could be developed to illuminate knowledge in the arts and the humanities 2. Virtual reality as a new genre 3. Design research practice and theory; 4. Combined use of anthropology and new media to promote human-centred design.

Her experience as principal investigator in projects related to development and implementation of digital technologies for cultural heritage. She is an active participant (as well as leader) in national and international research projects.

In 2015 she was appointed full professor of new media at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. As Head of Research she is responsible for the Doctoral Studies in the Media Lab Helsinki. In the MA studies programme she teaches design research and information visualization design. 

Significant research projects include the Raisio Archeology Archive created as part of the Illuminating History Through the Eyes of Media project funded by the Academy of Finland during the Research on Information framework; the Digital Facsimile of the Map of Mexico 1550 project that received First Prize in the Nabi Digital Storytelling International Competition of Intangible Heritage organized by Art Center Nabi in South Korea and UNESCO; the Interactive Virtual Reality Installation of the Pavilion of Finland at the 1900 World Fair in Paris developed as part of the TEKES funded HandsOn project and also in collaboration with faculty and students at Media Lab and University of Helsinki; the Interactive Virtual Reality Installation of Vrouw Maria, that was awarded a Special Mention of the Jury in the research category of the 2015 Europa Nostra digital cultural heritage competition and the Interactive Diorama-Rembrandt, 1632 installation showcased at Ars Electronica 2017 and Helsinki Public Library (Oodi) 2019. (See http://sysrep.aalto.fi/research/)

She has written over 90 publications in areas related to art, design, heritage and new media. Ubiquitous Computing, Complexity and Culture an anthology published by Routledge in 2015 (co-edited with Ulrik Ekman, Jay David Bolter, Martin Sondegaard and Maria Engberg) and Adaptation and Convergence of Media (co-edited with Magda Dragu and Leena Eilitta) and published by Aalto ARTS Books in 2019  are among her latests result as an author.

Full researcher profile
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Telefonnummer
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Kompetensområde

Anthropology, Design, Heritage, Human-computer interaction, New media

Utmärkelser

Student prize: St. George and the Dragon: Design and Production of a Cultural Heritage Museum Installation Using Media Archaeology.

Top-Ranked LABS Abstracts 2018
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jan 2018

Dean's publishing grant to Professor Lily Díaz and her team

The Systems of Representation group led by Lily Díaz promoting research in digital cultural heritage has done significant work in combining research and artistic activities in their projects that have attracted international attention. Students and researchers in the Department of Media have worked in long-term collaboration with the National Board of Antiquities in the Re-discovering Vrouw Maria project, the results of which were showcased in an exhibition in 2011-2012. Professor Diaz has encouraged her students to publish their work in international forums, while she has personally published articles in such high-quality journals as Digital Creativity.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Oct 2012

Research scholarship

Four years grant awarded to the Illuminating History: Through the Eyes of Media by the Academy of Finland programme on Research on Information (Tiedontutkimus, phase 1)
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jan 1996

Young Researcher Award

The award was given by the Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) in Finland for work towards dissertation
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jan 1995

Fulbright research scholarship 1990-1991

The scholarship was granted for carrying out independent research at the Archive of the Indies in Seville, Spain.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jan 1990

Dean's publishing grant awarded to Lily Díaz and Systems of Representation research group

The award of is given to Lily Díaz and the Systems of Representation research group for work on the The Pavilion of Finland at the 1900 World Fair in Paris short documentary film.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Oct 2013

First Prize in Nabi Digital Storytelling International Competition of Intangible Heritage, Seoul, South Korea

The competition was organized in line with the International<br/>Council of Museums, ICOM 2004 and with the support of ICOM, AVICOM, the<br/>Korean National Commission for UNESCO (KNCU), and UNESCO.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Oct 2004

Special mention of the jury in the research and digitalisation category to Vrouw Maria interactive 3D simulation

The interactive installation of the Vrouw Maria underwater cultural heritage site was realised as a collaboration between the National Board of Antiquities, The Maritime Museum of Finland and the Department of Media, Media Lab at Aalto University. <br/><br/>Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Markku Reunanen, Ferhat Sen, Svetlana Maras, Mikko Hovi, Cvijeta Miljak, Tommi Horttana, Jussi Muttilainen, Alexander Nikulin – Minna Piirainen and Heikki Sillanpää were part of the team that realised the installation.
Award or honor granted for a specific work Department of Media Jun 2015

Publikationer

Enriching Museum Collection with Virtual Design Objects and Community Narratives: Pop-up-VR Museum

Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Leena Svinhufvud, Susanna Thiel, Gautam Vishwanath 2024 Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals

Anatomy of the Beyond Matter MA Fellowship Programme

Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Cvijeta Miljak 2023 Beyond Matter, Within Space

Designesineiden digitaalista yhteisökuratointia – tapauksena pop-up-VR-museo

Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Anna-Maija Karjalainen, Leena Svinhufvud, Susanna Thiel, Gautam Vishwanath 2023 Suomen Museo

Performance-Oriented Research Methods for Audience Studies and Exhibition Evaluation

Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Cvijeta Miljak 2023 Beyond Matter, Within Space

Intermedia, Multimedia and, Media

Ken Friedman, Lily Diaz-Kommonen 2023 The Palgrave Handbook of Intermediality

Digital technologies for citizen curation in museums: two case studies from the SPICE project

Anna Maria Marras, Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Adam Stoneman, Leena Svinhufvud 2023

Heritage as a source of knowledge in artistic research and design education

Cvijeta Miljak, Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Edel O'Reilly 2023

Extracting Emotions from Users’ Annotations in Virtual Museums: a Case Study on the Pop-up VR Museum of the Design Museum Helsinki

Manuel Striani, Gautam Vishwanath, Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Antonio Lieto, Leena Svinhufvud, Rossana Damiano 2023 CEUR WORKSHOP PROCEEDINGS

Sharing imaginations art collection (curation)

Minna Suoniemi, Riikka Mäkikoskela, Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Outi Turpeinen 2023

Designing Service Blueprints for Cultural Heritage Museums that Incorporate Semantic Technologies

Gautam Vishwanath, Lily Diaz-Kommonen 2023 Electronic Imaging &amp; the Visual Arts, EVA 2023 Florence