HelsinCHI is a network of HCI researchers from different research groups devoted to fostering Human-Computer Interaction research and its impact in the Helsinki area.

HCI is the Helsinki area has an important heritage in design approaches , experience design (see also the Aalto Experience Platform), human centredness, and mobile/ubiquitous interaction. A particular focus and excellence is computational interaction including intelligent user interfaces, interactive AI and machine learning (with a strong link to FCAI the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence).

We meet on a monthly basis in the HelsinCHI seminar (facebook page of the seminar)  to discuss early-stage ideas and ongoing work. We host talks from internationally renowned researchers and we seek intellectual exchange with anyone passionate about HCI in particular practitioners and industry.  We also provide prospective students with the opportunity to build a strong HCI foundation through the offering of a variety of HCI related teaching programs.

This site is a static repository of information on HelsinCHI. If you are an HCI researcher in Helsinki area,  Facebook group to get news about our activities.

Here booklets of our main contributions to ACM CHI 2018    and     ACM CHI 2019

The network is currently coordinated by Giulio Jacucci (giulio.jacucci helsinki.fi)

User Interfaces – Our mission is to identify and exploit optima of human-computer performance. We formulate interface design problems as optimization tasks, develop predictive modeling of interaction, and implement computational methods for interface design. Professor Antti Oulasvirta, Aalto University.

Ubiquitous Interaction – We carry out interaction design and studies in the area of multimodal interaction and physiological computing. We are particularly interested in information discovery , behaviour change and wellbeing. Professor Giulio Jacucci, University of Helsinki

Art & Magic – We develop technology for sound, motion and interactive installations. Our goal is natural interaction – not using computers but living with them. Part of this mission is to build human behavior and capabilities in computers, and also study how humans perceive these virtual agents. Professor Tapio “Tassu” Takala, Aalto University

Social Interaction and Emotion – The mission of SIE is to increase our understanding of ICT-mediated social interaction. Professor Niklas Ravaja. University of Helsinki

ENCORE (Engaging Co-design Research) group explores the frontiers of design discipline. We believe that open-minded change requires involving people in the design process. Therefore, we share the passion for creative collaborative design. We fearlessly but humbly enter our research playground with our empathic, human-centred and experience-driven approach.  Topics: Experience design, Service design, Social design, Organizational change Contact: Prof. Virpi Roto Group web site: Homepage

STRATUS –  The Strategic Usability Research Group STRATUS is doing research and providing teaching in usability engineering and user-centred design. The aim in our research is to study and develop methods and tools that are used to uncover user’s needs, capabilities, expectations and experiences that affect the usage of products and consumption of services. Professor Marko Nieminen, Aalto University Aalto

Game Research –  Present focus: human movement, including exergames, procedural animation, animation interfaces. Focus adapts based on who is working in the group – true innovation grows bottom-up. Professor Perttu Hämälainen, Aalto University.

For job seekers

For doctoral students


EIT Digital, Aalto University EIT Master’s in ICT Innovation Human-Computer Interaction and Design  A two-year Master’s programme in two sites in Europe. Aalto University has specialization in computational interaction’

Aalto University Aalto Master’s Programme in Computer, Communication, and Information Sciences (CCIS) Human-Computer Interaction  A new Master’s programme with focus on computational, engineering, and user interface technology.

Aalto University M.A. in New Media Major: Game Design and Production  The same major is offered in CCIS and M.A. in New Media programs with slightly different obligatory courses, one leading to M.Sc. degree and the other to M.A. degree.

University of Helsinki Master in Data Science  and the module in Human-Computer Interaction Master in Computer Science.

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