Projects

The Open UBI Oulu civic laboratory and the UBI research program are executed by a portfolio of research projects funded by various public sources and industry. The objective is to have a research program with critical mass and timespan.


Ongoing projects

MAINIO (4/2012 - 3/2014): The MAINIO (Methods and Innovations in OULLabs) project is a joint initiative of the University of Oulu represented by the CIE (Center for Internet Excellence) research center and the MediaTeam Oulu research group at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, the Oulu University of Applied Sciences, the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, and the City of Oulu. One of the objectives of the project is seamless integration of the Open UBI Oulu into the OULLabs (Oulu Urban Living Labs) initiative of the Oulu Innovation Alliance.

NIMO (6/2011 - 6/2014): The NIMO (Nordic Interaction and Mobility Research Platform) project is a joint initiative of the Luleå University of Technology in Sweden (coordinator), the University of Oulu and the University of Lapland in Finland. The two-fold objective of the University of Oulu's work package in the project is to build an open interactive 3D virtual model of downtown Oulu and to utilize the virtual model in a pervasive city game targeted for youth. The University of Oulu's work in the project is funded by the INTERREG IV A Nord program, the City of Oulu and industry. The lead PI of the project is Dr. Karl Andersson (LTU, Sweden) and the co-PI's are Professor Timo Ojala and Professor Timo Jokela (University of Lapland).

UBI Metrics (1/2011 - 12/2014): The objective of the project is to develop a standardized multidisciplinary framework for experimental evaluation of real-world ubicomp systems. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland. The lead PI of the project is Professor Timo Ojala and the co-PIs are Professor Vassilis Kostakos, Professor Rauli Svento (Department of Economics) and Dr. Aulikki Herneoja (Department of Architecture).


Concluded projects

Adaptive Urban Lighting (1/2011 - 12/2013): The aim of the project is to research and develop the use of algorithmic design methods in designing adaptive urban lighting. Lighting is approached as an experiential element of public urban spaces in northern conditions. Adaptive lighting is seen as an intelligent system, which reacts to user actions and changes in environmental conditions. The benefits of adaptive urban lighting are connected e.g. with energy savings, traffic safety and the feeling of security of pedestrians, and with the experiential value of an artificially lit environment. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland. The PI of the project is Dr. Aulikki Herneoja (Department of Architecture).

UBI Anthropos (1/2010 - 2/2013): The project participates in creating a user-friendly ubiquitous city by studying the ways different people adopt and use new ubiquitous information technology, such as the UBI HotSpots and versatile sensor networks installed into the city centre of Oulu. The project also studies the attitudes the citizens and occasional visitors have towards the new technology and what kind of values and expectations they associate with it. The project also looks into how the users’ age, gender, education, employment and place of residence affect their opportunities and needs to use and utilize ubiquitous technology. The project is funded by the Academy of Finland. The PI of the project is Professor Timo Ojala.

Urban Flows and Networks (1/2010 - 12/2012): The project analyzes and models the many types of urban flows and networks in Oulu by fusing data from a broad range of sources including the UBI infrasturtcure and traffic loop sensors. The project is part of the Finland Distinguished Professor program, and is funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) under the Ubicom programme, the City of Oulu, the Center for Internet Excellence and the University of Oulu. The lead PI of the project is Professor Timo Ojala and the co-PI is Professor Vassilis Kostakos.

UbiCity (5/2008 - 3/2012): The project deployed the new computing infrastructure at downtown Oulu, including UBI-hotspots, UBI-projectors, panOULU BT network and panOULU WSN network, together with related software systems. The project was funded by the ERDF and the City of Oulu. The PI of the project was Professor Timo Ojala.

RealUbi (9/2009 - 12/2011): The main objective of the project was to create the UBI Open Urban Service Network (OUSN) API to the UBI-middleware that abstracts the heterogeneous computing infrastructure at downtown Oulu. The feasibility of the API was demonstrated with prototype services. The project was funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) under the Ubicom technology programme and industry. The PI of the project was Professor Timo Ojala.

UbiGo (8/2008 - 7/2011): The project acted as a stimulating and coordinating interface for SMEs to develop industrial pilots with ubiquitous computing technologies.

UbiLife (6/2007 - 9/2009): The project studied and developed new applications enabled by new information technology from three different viewpoints. The technology based research component developed new technologies that created a basis for new applications. The application area based ‘living lab’ research component focused on developing and testing the innovative services of a ubiquitous city in an authentic using environment with real end users. The source codes of the softwares developed in the project are available here. The project was funded by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) under the Ubicom technology programme and industry. The PI of the project was Professor Timo Ojala.