2007-08 Visitors

[Picture of Placeholder] Andrea Botero, Media Laboratory, University of Art and Design Helsinki, Finland.
February 2008 - July 2008. Working with Lawrence Lessig, Center for Internet and Society.

In my work I look at theoretical and practical implications of broad participation in design processes At Stanford, I am concentrating on several key aspects of the relationship between innovation process and "design thinking" driven technology development. I am mapping out the components of successful open innovation processes that take in to consideration a variety of stakeholders and the implications this sort of approaches have for design practice. My particular focus is on emerging social media practices and related applications in the mundane spaces of everyday life (as opposed to work practices).

  [Picture of Placeholder] Marianne Stokholm, Dept of Architecture and Design, Aalborg University, Denmark.
February 2008 - April 2008. Working with Larry Leifer, Center for Design Research.

I focus on interdisciplinary cooperation on and in design, including design understanding, design learning, and design practice. Professional diversities in the interpretation of design disrupt communication and negotiations. In order for interdisciplinary cooperation to succeed, a common ground is needed. Through action research, I am working with the development and testing of a game tool for facilitation of integrated and interdisciplinary design based on a holistic approach to design and innovation.

[Picture of Placeholder] Shuhua Liu, Academy Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, and IT Dept, Abo Akademi University, Finland.
September, 2007 - March, 2008. Host: Thomas Wasow, Dept of Linguistics.

My current research focuses on the business intelligence and medical/nursing informatics applications of text summarization and information extraction systems. The goal is to develop useful summarization and IE applications and to better understand the possibilities and challenges in developing and using these applications, while in the process to further improve the underlying methods and techniques. I am especially interested in trends and network discovery and following-up through the analysis and summarization of economic and business reports and news, daily nursing narratives, and AML Suspicious Activity Reports.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Teppo Raisanen, Dept of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, Finland.
September 2007 - August 2008. Working at the Persuasive Technology Lab with BJ Fogg.

My research is focused on mobile persuasion, i.e. using mobile devices to change people's attitudes, behavior, or both. I am especially interested in the opportunity moments (called kairos) of persuasion. For example when would be the best moment to persuade smokers to quit smoking? Besides kairos, there seems to be an opposite phenomenon, which I call anti-kairos. Persuasion in anti-kairos (e.g. sending work related emails on Friday evening after 4pm) is most likely to fail, but there are more anti-kairos moments than there are kairos moments.

[Picture of Placeholder] Sakari Sipola, Dept of Information Processing Science, University of Oulu, Finland.
September 2007 - August 2008. Host: Thomas Wasow, Dept of Linguistics.

My study focuses on entrepreneurship and company growth, especially on the growth processes of technology based firms. During my Stanford year, I am looking into the Silicon Valley ecosystem and its role in start-up development. I seek to understand how start-ups develop their business opportunities into fundable and prosperous businesses. Entrepreneurs' ambition and growth aspiration levels, strategies, funding, business models, and value propositions above all, are elements that play a crucial role in building company growth.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Jari Multisilta, Dept of Information Technology, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Finland.
May 2007 - July 2007. Working with Roy Pea, SCIL.

My work at H-STAR focuses on social mobile media and its applications. We are planning two complementary research projects with Stanford University and Tampere University of Technology. Collectively, the two projects aim to develop social mobile media platforms for video applications and apply them to several case studies in the area of learning and entertainment. The case studies will be conducted across the scope of our projects in Finland, USA and Africa. The main goal of these joint projects is to support people to be more creative, across the application areas of learning, education and entertainment.

[Picture of Placeholder] Niina Nurmi, Laboratory of Work Psychology and Leadership, Helsinki University of Technology, Finland.
April 2008 - April 2010. Working with Pamela Hinds, Dept of Management Science and Engineering.

My research is focused on virtual and mobile knowledge work. My main research question is: What are the specific job demands, stressors and job resources that contribute to the well-being of distributed team members? I use qualitative approach in analyzing interview data from nine globally distributed industrial teams to identify and model the demands, hindrances and enablers of well-being and leadership in virtual and mobile knowledge work. In this research, I apply psychological, organizational, and information technology perspectives.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Stephen Fox, Senior Research Scientist, VTT, Finland.
October 2007 - January 2008. Working with Stanley Peters, CSLI.

Skill shortages are reported in many manual occupations throughout the world. My study investigates the need for, and feasibility of, real-time communication of manual skills by computer technology. Initial findings indicate that the principal barrier to the real-time communication of manual skills by computers is the difficulty of modeling and evaluating human motion. Until evaluation using computer vision is feasible in on-the-job training situations, the real-time communication of manual skills without human instructors will be feasible only in controlled environments such as training centers.