2020-current, Leader of the Visual Interaction Research Group (VIRG)
2019-2020, Member of the Steering Board of Doctoral Education, Faculty of Information Technology and Communication Sciences, Tampere University
2017-2020, Member of the Steering Board of Master’s Degree Programme in Human-Technology Interaction (HTI), (prev. University of Tampere) Tampere University. From 2021-current, MSc in Computing Sciences / Specialization in HTI.
2017-2018, Member of the Council of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tampere
I am responsible for the doctoral programme on Information and Systems and the doctoral program on Computing and Electrical Engineering as well as for the Human-Technology Interaction research infrastructure in the ITC Faculty. I am also the coordinator of the Staff Scientist network at the ITC faculty.
I work as a researcher in projects in the research group on Emotions, Sociality and Computing.
I am broadly interested in Human-Technology Interaction, including novel user interfaces, virtual and augmented reality, emerging and display technologies, 3D graphics and displays, multisensory and multimodal interaction, etc.
We have also refined the previous gestural AR/VR interface (Rakkolainen 2003) with new UI concepts together with the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). They enable embedded VR viewing and easy use of 3D UIs for smartphones (Rakkolainen et al. 2016 ).