2014-15 Visitors

Kennedy Jawoko,
Journalist and Media Devt Consultant, Canada.
June 2014 - June 2015. Hosted by Prof. Jay Hamilton, Dept. of Communication.
How can journalists in conflict and post-conflict societies effectively report on peacebuilding and human rights? The media’s impact on the escalation of conflict is more common than its impact on peacebuilding. How can journalism educators in post-conflict societies incorporate peacebuilding and human rights reporting in their curricula? What digital tools and platforms can be used to amplify peacebuilding journalism? What media programs can be developed to enhance positive engagement among communities? How can journalists help change people’s beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors for pro-social interaction? My research focuses on the effective use of news media in conflict mitigation, peacebuilding and human rights promotion.


Kristian Kiili, Advanced Multimedia Center, Tampere University of Technology, Pori, Finland.
August 2014 - July 2015. Host: Byron Reeves, Dept of Communication.
My research focuses on game based learning, human-computer interaction and user experience. During my visit at H-STAR I am working on game based solutions designed for learning fractions. This work relates to Games to Schools project that is part of Academy of Finland’s The Future of Learning, Knowledge and Skills (TULOS) research programme. In the project we study whether pupils learn and understand fractions better when they play author provided math games or when they create own games about fractions. My particular interest is to study how whole body movement and embodied cognition approaches can be used in games to support math learning.

Sabine RemdischInstitute for Performance Management, Leuphana Univ of Lüneburg, Germany.
Sept 2014 – May 2015. Hosted by Prof. Larry Leifer, CDR.
Digitalization digs into companies’ structures and processes, and results in new procedures at the interface of person-to-person exchanges. Becoming a digital organization requires building leadership capabilities to envision and drive the transformation. My research analyses how leaders can be most effective in today’s connected work environment: How can they effectively bring together innovative technology with a people-oriented culture of leadership? How do they create a climate for innovation within their organization and successfully design, implement, and manage an innovation network? How can a future-oriented collaborative learning culture be developed and maintained within the organization, and how can leaders promote new learning formats?

Daisuke WakayamaNews Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My research focuses on the future of the media industry. 
  The growth of the Internet continues to change the way we communicate and impacts the way we consume information.
  These changes require that those of us in old media reconsider our roles in society and increase out understanding of the nature of the Internet. Will the Internet simply replace the old media? Is it something revolutionary that may completely change our communication? My time at H-STAR will be spent reflecting on these, and related questions, as my profession faces the task of designing the future of media.

Mikio TanabeNews Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Feb 1 – Mar 31, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
What can TV journalists do to prevent cyber crime? As more and more IT services become popular, more cyber crimes occur, for example malware stealing money from someone’s Internet bank account. Some of these crimes could be prevented if the victims knew safer way to use the Internet. There are many news and articles about cyber crime, but not everyone can fully understand them. The purpose of my research is to seek ways that TV and other media can reduce the number of cyber crime victims. What kinds of media are most effective? How should we make use of them? What kinds of cyber crime may happen next?

Innar Liiv, Dept of Informatics, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia.
Mar 1 – May 31, 2015. Hosted by Prof. Sharad Goel, Center for Work, Technology & Organizatio
My research interests include practical and industrial data mining, information visualization, computational social science, organizational network analysis, HR Analytics, Learning Analytics and EdTech.  During my stay at H-STAR, I am seeking interdisciplinary collaboration for finding HR insights from big data, developing new HR analytics methods for understanding and making sense of future organizations. My current focus is on e-government and data science - making sense of work process logs from 100+ local municipalities in Estonia.

Hiroyuki Ishii, Programs Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
Apr 1 – May 31, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept
My research concern is strategic management of broadcasting in the digital age. I have been in charge of producing a heavily-watched science entertainment program named Try & Gotcha for more than 15 years, and I am convinced that the key to the success of media lies in the emotional ties between broadcasters and viewers. I would like to re-establish such a good relationship with viewers even after launching into program distribution on the Internet. To achieve this goal, deep insight into the impact of digital media on human behavior would be indispensable.

Tiina Korhonen, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
April-May 2015. Hosted by Prof Paulo Blikstein, Graduate School of Education.
My research and development interests lay  in the wide landscape of 21st Century learning and school practice development, with special focus on the opportunities offered by ICT.
  I am coordinating two Finnish nationwide education development projects: the Innokas project and the Innovative School project, a subproject of Finnable 2020.
  At H-STAR, I am continuing a research collaboration between the Innokas network and Fablab@schools led by prof. Paulo Blikstein, involving the work and data collection processes at Fablab@schools, and implementation of Fablab-related research in Finnish schools.

Signe Schack Noesgaard, IT & Learning Design Lab, Aalborg University & KATA Foundation, Denmark.
June-Sept 2015. Working with Prof Hilda Borko, Graduate School of Education

Do you become better at your job by completing an online course? Can we create educational technologies that change practices? My research focus is the usability and transferability of online learning to improve work practices. In my Ph.D. project, I investigate if, why, and how an innovative online platform can improve the teaching of Danish K-8 science teachers. My research interests are online learning, EdTech, and entrepreneurship. Methodologically, I focus on grounded theory and design-based research. While at H-STAR, I seek collaboration on writing scientific articles, and I hope to find inspiration on how to turn research into educational technologies.

Marisa Okada, News Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
May 15-July 15, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
My research topic is “Television Journalism in the Digital Age”. As users have become more reliant on smart-phones and mobile technology, the way we have come to acquire information has also changed. Users can acquire information anywhere, anytime. The purpose of my research is to seek ways on how TV Journalism should evolve with the digital age. My focus is on how TV journalists should change the way they cover news with the following methods: (1) How to adopt new technology to cover news (2) How to expand data based journalism for TV Journalism (3) How to collaborate with citizens, NGO&NPO, and Research Institutes.
Tetsuo Shiina, Programming Department, Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK), Tokyo, Japan.
May 15-July 15, 2015. Working with Jay Hamilton, Communication Dept.
Can a broadcaster distribute its contents widely on the Internet? If not, will the broadcaster lose its reach as Internet services take its place? My research mainly focuses on the intellectual property rights protection and the digital marketing practice on the Internet. Based on my experience as a programming director, I believe that Internet services are essential for attracting a young audience and uniting the generations. This requires enhancing digital content distribution and developing new Internet services. My research seeks to find out an optimal strategy for achieving those goals