Previous Projects

2016-2019 Digital Language Typology: Mining from the Surface to the Core

The work is supported by the Academy of Finland.

2016–2017 TIKLE

The work done in TIKLE – Technical and Socio-cultural Perspectives for Digitalization of Learning is supported by CIMO.

2015-2018 Living Lab Bus

The work is supported by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

2015–2017 Data-to-Music Sonification for Business Designs, Products, and Services to Improve Quality of Life

The work is supported by Tekes.

2015–2016 MIRACLE

The work done in MIRACLE – Mixed Reality Applications for Culture and Learning Experiences is supported by Tekes.

2015–2016 Information Ergonomics II

The work is supported by Tekes.

2014-2016 S-STEP

The work done in S-STEP – Smart technologies for lifecycle performance is supported by Tekes.

2014–2016 SmartHear

The work done in SmartHear – From Audio Technology to Health Technology is supported by Tekes.

2014–2016 JoPe

The work done in JoPe – Effective Leadership with Real-time Research Knowledge is supported by Tekes.

Completed Projects – SPI Group

2015 People Flow API for 3rd parties

The work was supported by EIT/EU.

2014 KEINO

The work done in KEINO – Gestural In Industrial Settings was supported by Tekes.

2014 Multimodal TV-control

The work was supported by industry.

2012–2015 Digital Services

The work done in Digital Services was supported by Tekes.

2012–2014 CHORUS

The work done in CHORUS – Choreography of User Interfaces: Body, Space and Movement in Interaction Design was supported by Tekes.

2012–2014 Semantic, Adaptive and Infomedia Lighting

The work was supported by EIT/EU.

2012–2013 RuralVoice

The work done in RuralVoice – Mobile Voice Service Deployment for Developing Countries: Case Rural India’s Bottom of the Pyramid was supported by Tekes.

2012-2013 Active Learning Spaces (Aktiiviset oppimistilat)

This project dealt with developing innovative and multimodal learning spaces for various education levels.

The work was supported by Tekes.

2012–2013 The Interaction Toolkit

The work was supported by EIT/EU.

2012 Multimodal Interaction Lab

The work was supported by EIT/EU.

2011 – 2015 RYM Indoor Environment

This project dealt with developing innovative learning environments. See our own space, the SimSpace, as an example.

The project was a program within the Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation of built environment in Finland (RYM). The work was supported by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

2011 – 2013 EnergyLand

The EnergyLand (Intelligent spaces and functions for illustrating technology) project dealt with developing innovative energy solutions.

The work was supported by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

2011 – 2013 MOBSTER

In MOBSTER (Mobile and Ubiquitous Dictation and Communication Application for Medical Purposes) project we developed speech-based applications for healthcare purposes.

The work was supported by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

2011 Smart Light Environments

The work was supported by EIT/EU.

2010-2015 UXUS

In UXUS (User Experience and Usability in Complex Systems) project, we developed advanced user interfaces for machinery industry and studied the resulting new user experience in this context.

UXUS was a research program within the Finnish Metals and Engineering Competence Cluster (FIMECC). The work was supported by the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes).

2010 – 2012 DREX

In the DREX (Space, Theatre & Experience – Novel Forms of Evental Space) project we used theatre work and interactive spatial technology to study new types of evental spaces. We built demonstrations and applications and worked in close collaboration with industrial partners (including STX Finland, Heureka, Turku 2011 -foundation, SKS Mechatronics).

DREX was a collaborative project with the Centre for Practice as Research in Theatre and Theatre and Drama Research. The project was funded by Tekes Spaces and Places programme. International co-operation partners included Trinity College Dublin, University of Queensland and Teesside University.

2010-2012 Human-Technology Interaction

The development program creates multidisciplinary collaboration and new projects. The program was funded by the University of Tampere. Despite the funded period has ended the collaborative activities with current and new stakeholders continue.

2010 Technologies for Mobile Speech Applications

The work was supported by the Tekes’s Innovation Mill program.

2009 – 2012 DIEM

Devices and Interoperability Ecosystem (DIEM) targeted to define and open a completely new domain for technology and service innovation in a global scale. The project enabled news services and applications that are based on smart environments. The key idea was interoperability between devices from different domains. DIEM was a part of the Finnish ICT SHOK program coordinated by TIVIT – nowadays known as DIGILE.

SPI participated in WP 4: User interaction. The main goal of this horizontal work package was to understand the aims and the needs of the users as well as the benefits and limitations of technology which are essential in having successful technological adoption. Our vision is that easy to use, seamless and adaptive interfaces allow fluent use of different devices and services. This will result in device interoperability to be widely accepted by the users enabling them to make use of full potential of the new technology.

2009 – 2012 DIYSE

Do-it-Yourself Smart Experiences was a Eureka ITEA2 consortium project. DiYSE aimed at enabling ordinary people to easily create, setup and control applications in their smart living environments as well as in the public Internet-of-Things space, allowing them to leverage aware services and smart objects for obtaining highly personalized, social, interactive, flowing experiences at home and in the city.

2009 – 2010 MOKOMO

Multimodal Mobile Context-sensitive User Interfaces (MOKOMO, Moniaistinen kontekstitietoinen mobiilikäyttöliittymä) project aimed at the preparation of reseach results for take up. It was funded by Tekes.

2009–2010 GEAR3

The work done in GEAR3 – Grammar of Earcons was supported by Tekes.


The work done in MOBSTER II – Mobile Voice Editing and Speech Recognition Software II was supported by industry.

2007 – 2009 TÄPLÄ

TÄPLÄ (Ambient Intelligence Based on Sound, Speech and Multisensor Interaction) was funded by Tekes. The project was co-operation between University of Tampere and Tampere University of Technology. The goal of the project was to develop methods for new types of ubiquitous applications based on sound, speech, machine vision and multimodality. Research covered technology, applications and usability. During the project we developed and evaluated a multimodal media center application.

2007–2008 MOBSTER

The work done in MOBSTER – Mobile Voice Editing and Speech Recognition Software was supported by industry.

2006 – 2010 COMPANIONS

COMPANIONS – Intelligent, Persistent, Personalised Multimodal Interfaces to the Internet was an EU Framework 6 IP project. The aim of the project was to make computer interfaces more human-like with multimodal interfaces, from speech understanding to emotion recognition. We explored agent-based interfaces, ones in which the user communicates with a virtual character using multimodal dialogue.

2006 – 2010 PRIMA

PRIMA – Privacy in the Making project was funded by Nordunet3. The project studied directions for symbiotic technical and regulatory mechanisms for supporting ICT related privacy. The work at TAUCHI focused on concrete technological and regulatory privacy mechanisms in the context of future ICT.

2005–2007 Ecological Approach to Smart Environments (EASE/ÄES)

In this Tekes-funded project, a method was made to develop and evaluate the ecology of smart environments from the perspectives of the human, the technology and the environment.

2003–2007 New Methods and Applications of Speech Technology (PUMS)

PUMS was a part of Tekes-funded Fenix program. In this project, we developed mobile speech-based and multimodal public transport information services.

2003 A Speech-based Bus Timetable Service

The work was supported by the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Finland.

2002–2004 User Interfaces based on Film Technology

The work was supported by Tekes.

2001–2005 COST278 and MUMIN

We participated in COST278 (Spoken Language Interaction in Telecommunication) and MUMIN (Nordic Network for MUltiModal INterfaces) research networks.

2001–2004 Dumas

Dumas was an international project having both academic and industrial participants from Finland, Sweden, Germany and United Kingdom. The project dealt with interaction methods and techniques in speech-based applications. Multilinguality was one major issue in this international project. Dumas was funded by European Union IST program.

2001 Mobile User Interfaces

Mobile User Interfaces was a project where we used Handheld PCs and wireless networks to study how speech based mobile applications should be build and used. This project was supported by the HP Voice Web Initiative in the HP philanthropy program.

2000–2002 USIX Interact

USIX Interact – Language-based Interaction was a national project where we worked together with research groups from several Finnish universities. The aim was to develop better models for natural language based human-computer interaction. The Interact project was funded by Finnish National Technology Agency (Tekes) and several industrial partners. It was one of the eight language technology projects in a Tekes funded USIX (User-Oriented Information Technology) program.

New User Interfaces Based on EMFi-technology

The goal of the project was to study user interfaces based on EMFi-technology. Especially we developed speech-based and ubiquitous applications based on EMFi.

Speech User Interfaces

In a Tekes funded Speech User Interfaces project we built the first version of Mailman, a speech-based e-mail client for telephone users.

User Interfaces for Ubiquitous Computing

Ubiquitous Computing project studied interfaces that reside in our everyday environment. In this project, we built the Doorman system. Ubiquitous computing project was funded by the Academy of Finland.