Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Of course we at the UBI-SERV project have always been excited by this challenge and it has been one of the central research themes in our project. The slides below summarize some of our proposals on the subject which has also been presented in various health and technology conferences.
Place: Meeting Room D302
Faculty of Electronics, Communications and Automation (ETA), Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Otakaari 5, Espoo, Finland
10:00 – 10:30 Introduction to the Radio Communications Research Group and ongoing research activities
Prof. Jyri Hämäläinen, Comnet/Aalto University
10:30 – 11:15 Presentation about ARLES Research Group and EU FP7 CONNECT project, Prof. Valérie Issarny, ARLES/INRIA
11:15 – 11:20 Break
11:20 – 12:05 iSpaces presentation and ongoing research
Prof. Jukka Riekki, CSE/Oulu University
12:05 – 13:40 Lunch
13:40 – 14:10 Integrating heterogeneous coordination models in SOA
Nikolaos Georgantas, ARLES/INRIA
14:10 – 14:40 Research overview and some results from MOTIVE UBI-SERV and Celtic HOMESNET projects
Edward Mutafungwa, Comnet/Aalto University
14:40 – 14:55 Break
14:55 – 15:40 Middleware Support for Mobile Social Ecosystems
Animesh Pathak, ARLES/INRIA
15:40 – 16:10 Overview and some results from Pervasive Service Computing (PSC) project
Oleg Davidyuk, CSE/Oulu University
Monday, October 11, 2010
Prof. Jiao Bingli of PKU is visiting Aalto University Department of Communications and Networking (Comnet) during October 2010. In addition to Aalto-PKU research cooperation on wireless ECG systems, he will lecture the course Selected Topics in Mobile Communication: Case Wireless EGC.
Mika Husso of Aalto/Comnet is working as a visiting researcher at the Department of Signal and Communications Theory at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain) for a period of September 1, 2010 - February 28, 2011. His research during the visit focuses on femtocellular communications and techno-economic analysis. Moreover, the visit aims at initiating closer collaboration in the field of wireless communications between the two universities.
Iiro Jantunen of Aalto/Comnet is working as a visiting researcher at School of Computing at the University of Eastern Finland (Kuopio, Finland) for the period of September 7 to December 31, 2010. He concentrates on opening a cooperation with the Computational Intelligence research group and finalizing his doctoral thesis.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Research Methods for Social Media -seminar organized by the VISCI research project together with the SOMUS research group took place on the 31st of August in the Aalto University campus in Otaniemi, Espoo. The seminar consisted of three keynote speeches, a discussion session and five parallel afternoon workshops.
Lisbeth Klastrup, an associate professor at the IT University of Copenhagen: ”Users are Useless – Some Reflections by a Social Media Researcher”
Lisbeth Klastrup hightlighted the need to acknowledge the scope of online audiences and avoid the bias towards active users in social media research. The non-interactive, more passive users seem to form the majority of online audiences but social media research doesn't yet really address this user group. There is also a need for a more nuanced vocabulary of user behaviours. ”Following” in social media is as important user activity as contributing is and one needs to note that not all user activity is public (e.g. exchanging private messages in Facebook's Inbox). In addition, social media can not be studied in isolation of its context and without considering the synergy it has with traditional media.
Jaakko Suominen, a professor of digital culture at the University of Turku: ”How do you do, Social Media? On triangulation matrixes and everyday research practices”
Jaakko Suominen brought up the need for triangulation of several different research methods in order to grasp the new research area since no special research methods yet exist for social media. He also presented three different roles of social media for research: 1) social media as the subject of the study 2) social media as a resource for data and material for the study3) social media as a tool for the researchers.
Minna Isomursu, a research professor at VTT: ”Social Media in User Research: Immersion, Privacy and Contribution”
Minna Isomursu presented example cases on how she has used social media in her research and her presentation brought up discussion especially on the ethics of social media research which seems to be lacking guidelines. Her research that included the study subjects rating their Facebook friends' status updates raised the question of informed consent: study participants had given their consent for the research but not their Facebook friends whose status updates were evaluated. Another interesting question was about the changing role of the study subjects when they become co-creaters and co-researchers: should their input be acknowledged for example in publications?