5.12.2013

A team led by Dr. Andreas Komninos from the University of Patras, Greece, has won the 2nd International UBI Challenge 2013 with their HotCity service. Martians from Outer Space from the University of Oulu, Finland, finished second. The awards were presented in MUM 2013 in Luleå, Sweden, on Dec 4, 2013.

Further information:

UBI Challenge website: http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/UBI-challenge

Ojala T (2013) 2nd International UBI Challenge 2013. Proc. MUM 2013, Luleå, Sweden, article 51. DOI= http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2541831.2543881.

Komninos A, Besharat J, Ferreira D & Garofalakis J (2013) HotCity: Enhancing Ubiquitous Maps with Social Context Heatmaps. Proc. MUM 2013, Luleå, Sweden, article 52. DOI= http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2541831.2543694.

Holappa J, Heikkinen T & Roininen U (2013) Martians from Outer Space: Experimenting with Location-aware Cooperative Multiplayer Gaming on Public Displays. Proc. MUM 2013, Luleå, Sweden, article 53. DOI=
http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2541831.2543695.


1.7.2013

PhD student and Assistant Teacher Javier Gomez Escribano from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, is spending a six-month research visit in Oulu until the end of July. His visit is supported by the UBI Researcher in Residence (RIR) program.


24.5.2013

Date: Monday, 10th of June, 2013
Time: 9:00-13:00
Location: City Theatre, Small Stage, Kaarlenväylä 2, Oulu, Finland

Computing technologies shape how we perceive the world and how we interact with each other. How to design ubiquitous interactions in urban spaces? How to build augmented reality experiences? Design should target on user experiences such as enjoyment, challenge, or connectedness. Better cultural and even entrepreneurial sense is needed in finding what the meaningful prospects from the user´s point of view are.

This non-fee public seminar features distinguished international experts addressing ubiquitous computing and urban informatics from multiple perspectives. It also provides an update of the Open Ubiquitous Oulu. The audience is able to ask questions from the speakers at the end of the seminar.

Speakers:
• Professor Malcolm McCullough, University of Michigan
• Professor Kaisa Väänänen-Vainio-Mattila, Tampere University of Technology
• Dr. Jonna Häkkilä, University of Oulu
• Professor Mark Billinghurst, University of New Canterbury
• Professor Albrecht Schmidt, University of Stuttgart
• Professor Timo Ojala, University of Oulu

Registration (required):
http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/5th-Open-Ubiquitous-City-Seminar-2013-registration


15.4.2013

University of Oulu MediaTeam Oulu research group has published the open source code of its UbiCity project. UbiCity software is part of the unique ubiquitous computing infrastructure available in downtown Oulu, Finland. The software provides an opportunity for creating new type of wellbeing, tourist and cultural services. Software has been tested by real users.


19.3.2013

UBI research program, coordinated by MediaTeam Oulu research group of University of Oulu, will host the second International UBI Challenge, where the urban informatics R&D community is invited to design novel applications and services in real-world setting in downtown Oulu, Finland.


20.12.2012

MediaTeam Oulu is a research group operating at the CSE - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Oulu. The group is celebrating its 15th Anniversary by publishing its history titled “15 Years – Exploring the Urban Life – History of the MediaTeam Oulu Research Group”. The book contains e.g. chapters about the UBI program and the wireless panOULU.


15.11.2012

The submission deadline for applications is on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 3pm.

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland, is hiring a Postdoctoral Researcher to work on Ubiquitous Computing. Applicants from all fields of Ubiquitous Computing are encouraged to submit.

The position is located at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (http://www.oulu.fi/cse), which has three world-class research units working in related areas: MediaTeam Oulu research group, the Center for Machine Vision Research, and Intelligent Systems Group. Our Ubiquitous Computing research focuses on next generation ubiquitous computing systems and their application in authentic real world settings. Particular research topics of interest include human-computer/city-interaction; interactive and smart spaces; Internet of Things; mobile and context-aware computing; security and privacy; tangible, embedded and embodied interaction; and urban computing. MediaTeam Oulu coordinates the multidisciplinary UBI (UrBan Interactions) research program (http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/) that has deployed the Open UBI Oulu city laboratory at downtown Oulu for studying human-city interaction in authentic urban setting with real users.

Further details about the post:
•Start date: January 1st 2013 (negotiable).
•Duration: 12 months, but may be extended.
•Location of work: Oulu, Finland.
•Eligibility: Must hold a Doctoral degree in a relevant field.
•Salary: 3200-3600 euros per month (before tax) depending on the qualifications.

Please contact Vassilis Kostakos for further information.

Applying
Please submit your CV and list of publications as a single pdf-file to the Registrar ́s Office via e- mail kirjaamo(at)oulu.fi by December 14th, 2012 before 3:00 p.m. local time. Address: University of Oulu, Registrar ́s Office, P.O. Box 8000, FI-90014 UNIVERSITY OF OULU.

About us:


3.9.2012

The submission deadline for applications is on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 3pm.

The official call with application instructions is available online at:
http://www.hallinto.oulu.fi/yhallint/kuulutus/ubi_post_doc_job.pdf

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland, is hiring a
Postdoctoral Researcher on a fixed-term contract to work on urban mobility analysis.

The successful candidate will work within the Urban Interactions research program (http://www.ubioulu.fi). One of the aims of the program is to analyse the rich mobility traces captured by Oulu’s city-wide WiFi, Bluetooth and traffic infrastructure to understand better city-scale movement and develop ubiquitous computing applications.

The successful candidate will work on the analysis of urban mobility traces. This role requires a strong mathematical background, experience with hands-on development and programming, and familiarity with urban mobility analysis, machine learning, and ubiquitous computing. Understanding of statistics, database programming, and symbolic computation are a benefit. Knowledge of Matlab/R is a plus. You will be expected to develop an analysis system that captures, infers and models individual and group mobility patterns on a city scale.

Please contact Vassilis Kostakos (vassilis (at) ee.oulu.fi) for further information.


29.8.2012

The submission deadline for applications is on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 3pm.

Complete call with detailed requirements for applicants and instructions for applying is available online at:
http://www.hallinto.oulu.fi/yhallint/kuulutus/2012/tenuretrack/5_3105201....

The Faculty of Technology of the University of Oulu announces a tenure-track opening for a researcher investigating ubiquitous computing. The position is located at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering (http://www.oulu.fi/cse), which has three world-class research units working in the area of the position: MediaTeam Oulu research group, the Center for Machine Vision Research, and Intelligent Systems Group. Ubiquitous computing research focuses on next generation ubiquitous computing systems and their application in authentic real world settings. Particular research topics of interest include human-computer/city-interaction; interactive and smart spaces; Internet of Things; mobile and context-aware computing; security and privacy; tangible, embedded and embodied interaction; and urban computing. MediaTeam Oulu coordinates the multidisciplinary UBI (UrBan Interactions) research program (http://www.ubioulu.fi/en/) that has deployed the Open UBI Oulu city laboratory at downtown Oulu for studying human-city interaction in authentic urban setting with real users.


31.5.2012

MediaTeam Researcher, Cultural Anthropologist Tiina Suopajärvi has received three-year funding
from the Academy of Finland for her postdoctoral research project on participatory design in ubiquitous urban environment. The funding period will begin in September 2012.

What happens when elderly citizens, computer scientists and city officials mingle in designing new technology?
How to combine the growing number of aging citizens and the intensification of the information society?