Kaisa Väänänen

I am a full-time professor of Human-Technology Interaction in Tampere University (TAU, previously Tampere University of Technology). I lead the research group of Human-Centered Technology (IHTE, https://research.tuni.fi/ihte/), an interdisciplinary group working on user experience and interaction design research. We have research projects on a broad spectrum of topics, including user experience of novel applications for societal purposes, in specific for environmental and societal sustainability. We work closely with industrial partners and cooperate with researchers from other interdisciplinary research groups. I work actively in the international research forum, especially in the ACM Mobile HCI and CHI communities.

Contact details:
Professor Kaisa Väänänen
Human-Centered Technology (IHTE), unit of Computing Sciences, faculty of Information technology and communication sciences (ITC)
Tampere University

Address: Korkeakoulunkatu 6, P.O. Box 589, 33101 Tampere, Finland
Office in Tietotalo building, room TE109
Tel: +358 40 849 0731
Email: kaisa.vaananen (at) tuni.fi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaisav/

Professional brief

My research interests cover, but are not limited to:

  • User experience (UX) design and evaluation of novel digital services and interaction techniques
  • Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence
  • Design research on HCI for societal purposes, with emphasis on sustainability
  • Social Robots and their applications, for example in youth participation and smart urban environments

Before my full-time professorship in Tampere University (previously Tampere University of Technology, TUT), I worked in various internal consultancy and research management positions in Nokia, Inc. in 1995-2004 (see my CV). I also held a part-time professorship in TUT during years 2000-2004. Before that, in years 1991-1995 I worked as a researcher in Computer Graphics Center in Darmstadt, Germany. I obtained my Dr. Tech. (Dr.-Ing.) degree in Technical University of Darmstad in 1995. Before that, I enjoyed my studies of software engineering in Technical University of Helsinki (1983-1991), artificial intelligence in University of Minnesota (1988-89) and Human-Computer Interaction in University of London (1989-1990).

I served full six years (2013-2018) in Academy of Finland as a member of the Research Council for Natural Sciences and Engineering.

In the autumn of 2022, I will be visiting TU Eindhoven, Industrial Design department, research division of Future Everyday for ten weeks. In 2011, I was working part-time with Mobile Life Centre @ Stockholm University, enabled by Nokia Foundation’s Visiting professor grant. I have also worked with Nokia Inc. in 1995-2004 and as a part-time visiting professor at Nokia Research Center on design and evaluation of user experience in 2008-2010.

Since 2009, in the editorial board of Interacting with Computers journal (IwC) published by Elsevier and since 2018, in the editorial board of Behaviour & Information Technology (BIT). In 2016-2019 I was the steering committee chair for the MobileHCI conference series. I am the general co-chair of ACM CHI 2023 conference, which will take place in Hamburg and online in April 2023.

SHORT BIO (for talks etc.)

Kaisa Väänänen is a full professor of user experience (Human-Computer Interaction, software engineering) in Tampere University, Finland. Kaisa leads the research group of Human-Centered Technology (IHTE) in the unit of Computing Sciences. She has extensive teaching and supervision experience we well as leadership of study programmes. Kaisa has over 25 years of experience in research related to human-computer interaction both in university and industry. In 1995-2004, she worked at Nokia Inc, in leading positions of user needs research and strategic consumer insights. Kaisa’s research interests cover user experience and human-centered design, with emphasis on design research of digital services for advancing sustainability and human-centered AI. Kaisa is an author of 170 peer-reviewed academic publications. Kaisa has supervised 22 doctoral theses to completition. In 2013-2018, Kaisa served full six years as a member of Academy of Finland’s research council for Natural Sciences and Engineering. She is very active in the international research community, and frequently takes part in organizing conferences related to user experience and human-computer interaction. Kaisa is the general co-chair of ACM SIGCHI 2023 conference.

PERSONAL BRIEF

I live in a small town near Tampere, Finland. I have two wonderful children, Samuel (born 1999) and Helena (2003). During my free time, I do sports (biking, gym, running), travel, and meet up with friends.