UBI Researcher in Residence (RIR) Program

Introduction

The objective of the UBI RIR (Researcher in Residence) Program is to make our public city laboratory available to the international research community at large. We invite researchers to come to residency in Oulu and to work in our city laboratory together with our researchers. This way we stimulate international research collaboration on ubiquitous computing and on urban informatics in a very concrete manner.

Our support for a researcher in residence, likewise the expected contribution from the visitor and the goals for the residency, depend on the academic status of the visitor. We wish to emphasize that the RIR profiles given below are negotiable. In every case, the visitor is given full access to the infrastructure and the data of our city laboratory, allocated office resources at our department, and appointed a host researcher to collaborate with. We hope that these residencies are only the beginning of a longer relationship.


RIR profiles

Researcher in Residence

Preconditions: Visitor is a researcher (e.g. a doctoral candidate) at home institution.
Typical stay in Oulu: 3-6 months (minimum 10 days).
Typical contribution: Joint paper with host researcher(s).
Financial support provided by us: Housing in Oulu.

Postdoc in Residence

Preconditions: Visitor is a postdoctoral researcher (holds PhD or equivalent degree) at home institution.
Typical stay in Oulu: 1 month (minimum 10 days).
Typical contribution: Joint paper with host researcher(s), invited talk in Infotech Oulu Lecture Series, guidance of local students, intensive postgraduate course (optional).
Financial support provided by us: Travel to/from Oulu, housing in Oulu, 50% daily allowance (18 EUR/day in 2012), lecturing fee for invited talk and postgradute course.

Professor in Residence

Preconditions: Visitor is an assistant/associate/full professor at home institution.
Typical stay in Oulu: Minimum 10 days.
Typical contribution: Intensive postgraduate course, invited talk in Infotech Oulu Lecture Series, guidance of local students, joint paper with host researcher(s) (optional).
Financial support provided by us: Travel to/from Oulu, housing in Oulu, 100% daily allowance (36 EUR/day in 2012), lecturing fee for invited talk and postgradute course.


Application and selection procedure

An applicant has to complete the application form below, sign it and email a scanned copy of the signed application form to ubi-rir-program@ubioulu.fi.

The selection of applicants invited for a residency is subject to the limited availability of our resources and our assessment of the expected mutual benefits of the residency.

We may also invite researchers for a residency.


Contact

If you have any inquiries regarding the researcher in residence program, please do not hesitate to contact us at ubi-rir-program@ubioulu.fi.


RIR alumni

ID: 1


Visitors: Steffen Rölike and Laura Schumann.
Home institution: Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, Germany.
Time and duration: May 2012, 2 weeks.
Theme: Steffen and Laura conduct research on ubiquitous cities, analyzing what ubiquitous cities are and how they affect people living in them. With Oulu being a flagship of ubiquitous cities, they collected data on the impact of the UBI hotspots and the panOULU WLAN on the daily routines of Oulu citizens via a multi-pronged study involving interviews of city officials and researchers, a questionnaire study of local high school students (N~100) and an online survey of local university students (N~1000).

ID: 2


Visitor: Javier Gomez Escribano.
Home institution: Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
Time and duration: February-July 2013, 6 months.
Theme: Javier designed and implemented a mobile navigation application targeted at people with cognitive disabilities that was then empirically evaluated via a field trial at downtown Oulu.

ID: 3

Marcus Foth giving final advice to researchers before the UbiOpticon field trial
Visitor: Prof. Marcus Foth.
Home institution: Queensland University of Technology, Australia.
Time and duration: September 2013, 2 weeks.
Theme: Marcus provided feedback to local doctoral students on their research, gave a talk on smart citizens, instructed a small workshop on action research, and led the rapid development of the UbiOpticon system in just five days. The UbiOpticon combines the videos feeds of the overhead cameras of the six outdoor UBI-hotspots deployed around downtown Oulu and up to three camera phones into a composite real-time view shown on the UBI-hotspots. The rapid development process culminated in a field trial at downtown Oulu on Friday evening.


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