2010-11 Visitors

[Picture of Placeholder] Jari Multisilta, Dept of Information Technology, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Finland.
July 2010 - December 2010. Working with Roy Pea, H-STAR.

My work at H-STAR focuses on social mobile media and their applications to learning. My visit is a part of the "Educational Technology at School's Everyday Life (Optek)" project, funded by Tekes. The aim is to study social mobile media as an enabler for new learning concepts. Emerging technologies such as tablet devices and smartphones support outside-classroom learning activities in many new ways, for example utilizing contextual data such as location information, streaming video, etc. Based on recent research in Finland and Stanford, in co-operation with Stanford researchers I intend to survey the research field, implement examples of map-based learning environments in social mobile media, and propose a future research agenda.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Hannele Niemi, Faculty of Behavioural Sciences, CICERO Learning Network, University of Helsinki, Finland.
September 2010 - November 2010. Working with Roy Pea, H-STAR.

My research focuses on how new technology and social media create learning environments that empower learners in their every day life. Research environments are schools and teacher education institutes, libraries and students' time outside formal learning institutions. I am also pursuing the project "Senior Talent at Work" related with aging, where I explore how senior knowledge workers use different learning strategies and environments. While at Stanford my aims are to collect empirical comparative data and to strengthen future collaboration between Stanford researchers and Finnish researchers on learning and learning environment, with support from TEKES and the multidisciplinary CICERO Learning Network.

[Picture of Placeholder] Arttu Perttula, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Finland.
September 2010 - November 2010. Working with Roy Pea, H-STAR.

My research and is related to mobile social media and mobile games. My visit is part of the "Co-creational spaces in supporting sharing of experiences" project funded by Tekes. The aim of this project is to a) explore an implement virtual and public spaces that support social media, co-creation, and mixed-reality technologies, b) study users and the using environments as sensors, and c) study the spaces for sharing experiences, the service concepts and services in these spaces and users' perceptions of the services in such a spaces.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Lassi Liikkanen, Helsinki Institute of Information Technology, Helsinki, Finland.
September 2010 - August 2011, working with Cliff Nass, Dept of Communication.

During my stay I will work to strengthen my two existing streams of research: music interaction and creative design. My project on music will take place in the newly opened VAIL lab at CARS and aims to study the influence of music consumption and interaction on driving behavior. I seek to understand the design constraints for interactive systems in conditions, such as the car environment, in which attention is constantly divided between two complementary tasks. My goal is provide a risk assessment of different interaction styles and compensatory strategies, and propose design solutions to facilitate safe and comfortable interaction.

[Picture of Placeholder] Mohsen Soltani, Department of Electronic Systems, Aalborg University, Denmark.
September 2010 - December 2010. Working with Stephen Boyd, Dept of Electrical Engineering.

My research focuses on the development of advanced control systems for wind energy power plants, wind turbines, and wind farms. Non-stop and long-term operation of a system which is affected by several stochastic inputs demands controllers that are a) robust to uncertainties in the system, b) optimal to ensure efficient energy capture and to reduce structural loads, c) adaptive to adjust the controller parameters when the operating condition changes, and d) fault tolerant of system failures. The research aims to turn the mathematical tools into simplified and practical algorithms that will be implemented on real wind-power generators.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Peter Lindgren, International Center for Innovation, Aalborg University, Denmark.
September 2010 - February 2011. Hosted by Jeffrey Schnapp, Stanford Humanities Lab.

My research focus at Stanford University is innovation of network-based multi-business models. I seek to use "laboratory experiments" carried out with Stanford researchers and Silicon Valley and Danish companies to increase our knowledge of methods and models of multi-business environments. I will implement the models in a 3D virtual lab environment, utilizing empirical data to ground digitalized prototypes of the models. In due course I intend to test these different models. The project is intended to strengthen and further develop a research collaboration between Stanford University and the International Center for Innovation at Aalborg University that began in 2008.

[Picture of Placeholder] Ole Jensen, Department of Management Engineering, Technical University of Denmark.
September 2010 - March 2011. Working with Larry Leifer, Dept of Mechanical Engineering.

My research focuses on knowledge management in very early "pre-project" situations within the energy sector. In these early phases, knowledge from many different domains need to be identified, created and integrated into new business ideas. However, due to the desired transformation into a sustainable energy grid, these domains have increased in diversity and complexity, to include areas such as user behaviour, multiple technologies, regulatory frameworks, international alliance creation. Therefore, my work aims specifically at understanding the new business design process and, on this basis, to create support for the business developers on how to handle the multi-domain knowledge of a complex socio-technical system during new business design.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Heidi Enwald, Dept of Information Studies, University of Oulu, Finland
January 2011 - March 2011. Hosted by Byron Reeves, Dept of Communication.

My research focuses on tailoring health information and on human information behavior. My visit to Stanford is part of CallUp&Go project, funded by TEKES. Multidisciplinary CallUp&Go projects goal is ICT-based activation on physical activity and health among call-up aged men in Northern Finland. In other words the aim is to persuade young men to be physically more active and persuasion is done by gamification. Gamified computer-platform will combine health information, game technology, tailoring and activity monitors. Call-up aged men in Oulu provide a large, population-based sample of young Finnish men. This project will culminate into six-month physical activity intervention (a randomized controlled trial) with two year follow-up.

[Picture of Placeholder] Kerstin Fischer, IFKI, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
February 2011. Working with Herbert Clark, Dept of Psychology.

Alignment in Human-Robot Communication: This project addresses the discourse conditions under which participants align with linguistic features of robot utterances. Earlier work has suggested that alignment occurs in the case of communication problems. However, corpus studies of human-robot dialogues support this finding only for part of the data; in addition, the alignment phenomena observable differ with respect the linguistic features involved, some being related to securing understanding while others are not. The project aims to determine the functions of alignment in human-robot interaction and to uncover how common ground with artificial communication partners is achieved.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Jerry Lindholm, Dept of Marketing, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
March 2011 - September 2011. Hosted by Byron Reeves, Dept of Communication.

My research focuses on electronic selling and its future opportunities. The visit to Stanford is a part of an e-Sales Research Project, funded by TEKES and several Finnish companies, where we study various traditional personal selling techniques and tactics in online environments. During my six-month visit to the H-STAR institute I will familiarize myself with the concepts of persuasive technology and human-computer interaction in order to obtain more in-depth knowledge of future e-selling possibilities.

[Picture of Placeholder] Remzi Ates Gursimsek, Dept of Communication, Business & Information Technologies, Roskilde University, Denmark
March 2011 - June 2011. Hosted by Michael Shanks, Stanford Humanities Lab.

My research focuses on collaborative design processes of virtual social places in Second Life and how different actors experience these co-design activities with relation to their sense-makings of the platform's affordances and limitations. For this purpose, I have conducted 3 case studies with virtual world builders of varying experience. The purpose of my visit to H-STAR is to expand the scope of my empirical research and analysis by contacting Silicon Valley practitioners (platform and content developers) and innovative virtual world communities, as well as to share and discuss my analytical framework with fellow researchers at Stanford University.

  [Picture of Placeholder] Falk Heinrich, Dept of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark.
April 2011 - July 2011. Hosted by Michael Shanks, Stanford Humanities Lab.

My research seeks to re-formulate the concept of beauty as an aspect of interactive artifacts in art and entertainment (interactive art, computer games, experience design). Our experience of beauty seems to be in the process of transformation. It can no longer be solely understood as a contemplative sentiment, but rather as a sensuous judgment that stimulates and validates interaction processes, itself framed by the field of possibility each artwork unfolds during interaction. My stay is intended to develop an experimental method of investigating beauty by mounting an artistic experiment (an interactive art installation) in order to collect qualitative data about the participants' sentiment and notion of beauty.

[Picture of Placeholder] Jeonghye Han, Dept of Computer Education, Cheongju National University of Education, Korea
February 2011 - January 2012. Working with Roy Pea, H-STAR.

My research focuses on robotic learning, and consists of three parts, learning using educational service robots, learning with hands-on (user-built) robots, and learning with user-converted robots. For the educational services robots, I have studied teaching assistant robots for children in elementary school. One topic I am studying at H-STAR is language learning using telepresence educational-service robots that show the teleoperators' faces. Hands-on robots offer great potential to enhance and sustain the motivation of children on STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics), and I am examining learning using hands-on robots in both formal and informal learning environments.