Timo Ojala
Dr.Tech.
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CURRENT POSITION
Professor of computer science, University of Oulu, Center for Ubiquitous Computing
Principal investigator, Urban Computing and Cultures research group


TOPICAL

  • Call for papers: PerDis 2016 (5th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays) in Oulu on June 20-22, 2016. Paper submission deadline on February 5, 2016.
  • Call for students: UBISS 2016 (7th International UBI Summer School 2016) in Oulu on June 13-18, 2016. Application deadline on March 7, 2016.
  • Have you used the UBI-hotspots or the panOULU network?

  • RESEARCH

    Publications: Google Scholar

    Current research projects and activities

  • UBI (UrBan Interactions) research program comprising of multiple projects)
  • Open UBI Oulu civic laboratory for conducting large-scale long-term studies on human-city-interaction in authentic urban setting with real users ("in the wild")
  • Supervised and co-supervised doctoral degrees
    1. Dr. Arts Jurgen Scheible (2010) Empowering mobile art practice: A recontextualization of mobile and ubiquitous computing. Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Lily Diaz, Aalto University). Currently Professor at Stuttgart Media University, Germany.
    2. Dr. Philosophy Hannu Kukka (2012) Case studies in human information behavior in smart urban spaces. University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Finland. Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, Finland.
    3. Dr. Technology Tiia Ojanpera (nee Sutinen) (2013) Cross-layer optimized video streaming in heterogeneous wireless networks. University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Finland. Currently senior researcher at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland.
    4. Dr. Technology Meirong Liu (2014) Efficient super-peer-based coordinated service provision. University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Mika Ylianttila, University of Oulu). Currently in industry in Finland.
    5. Dr. Technology Simo Hosio (2014) Leveraging social networking services on multipurpose public displays. University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu; 2nd co-supervisor Professor Richard Harper, Microsoft Research). Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, Finland.
    6. Dr. Technology Marko Jurmu (2014) Towards engaging multipurpose public displays: Design space and case studies. University of Oulu, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Jukka Riekki, University of Oulu). Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, Finland.
    7. Dr. Philosophy Johanna Ylipulli (2015) Smart futures meet northern realities: Anthropological perspectives on the design and adoption of urban computing. University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Hannu I. Heikkinen, University of Oulu; 1st co-supervisor Professor Jaakko Suominen, University of Turku). Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, Finland.
    8. Dr. Technology Erkki Harjula (2016) Energy-efficient peer-to-peer networking for constrained-capacity mobile environments.. University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Finland (principal supervisor Professor Mika Ylianttila, University of Oulu). Currently postdoctoral researcher at University of Oulu, Finland.

    Selected past research projects and activities

  • Rotuaari (Context-aware mobile multimedia services)
  • CBIR (Content-based information retrieval)
  • Countess (Using semantic information in content-based retrieval) and CMRS demo
  • Duchess (Wireless media telephony services in the office environment)
  • MFO Showroom

  • Doctoral research on texture analysis contributing the LBP (Local Binary Pattern) operator, under the supervision of Professor Matti Pietikainen in the Machine Vision Group now known as the Center for Machine Vision
  • Outex - New framework for empirical evaluation of texture analysis algorithms

  • TEACHING

    Undergraduate teaching
    Current courses:

  • 521150A Introduction to Internet (spring 2016)
  • 521266S Distributed Systems (spring 2016)
  • 521151A Applied Computing Project I (fall 2015 - spring 2016)
  • 521152S Applied Computing Project II (fall 2015 - spring 2016)
  • 521489S Information Processing Research Work (course description in Finnish)
  • 521148S Ubiquitous Computing Fundamentals (fall 2014)

  • Past courses:
  • 521261A Computer Networks I (spring 2012)
  • 521262S Computer Networks II (fall 2011)
  • 521476S Computer Networks (fall 2006)
  • 521490S Interactive Systems Technical Design (spring 2005)

  • Postgraduate teaching
  • UBISS 2016 - 7th International UBI Summer School 2016
  • UBISS 2015 - 6th International UBI Summer School 2015
  • UBISS 2014 - 5th International UBI Summer School 2014
  • UBISS 2013 - 4th International UBI Summer School 2013
  • 3rd International UBI Summer School 2012
  • 2nd International UBI Summer School 2011
  • 1st International UBI Summer School 2010
  • Advanced Internet Services (2010)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia 2007
  • Internet Multimedia (2002)
  • Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia 2002
  • Postgraduate book exams

  • COMMUNITY SERVICE

    Chair in International Conferences and Workshops

  • Chair, Steering Committee of International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM).
  • General Co-Chair, 15th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2016), Rovaniemi, Finland, 13-15 December, 2016.
  • General Co-Chair, 5th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2016), Oulu, Finland, 20-22 June, 2016.
  • Co-Chair, UbiComp 2013 Doctoral School, Zurich, Switzerland, 8-9 September, 2013.
  • Program Chair, Second International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2013), Mountain View, CA, USA, 4-5 June, 2013.
  • Chair, Digital Cities 7 workshop at C&T 2011, Melbourne, Australia, 30 June, 2011.
  • Co-Chair, UBI Challenge Workshop 2010 at Ubicomp 2010, Copenhagen, Denmark, 26 September, 2010.
  • General Chair, MUM 2007 (6th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Oulu, Finland, 12-14 December, 2007.
  • Scientific Chair, Wireless Cities 2006 Conference, Oulu, Finland, 5-8 June, 2006.
  • Chair, City WLAN 2005, Oulu, Finland, 29-30 August, 2005.
  • Founding Co-Chair, MUM 2002 (1st International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Oulu, Finland, 11-13 December, 2002.
  • Chair of Program Committee, IR 2001 (International Workshop on Information Retrieval), Oulu, Finland, 19-21 September, 2001.
  • Chair of Organizing Committee, Texture'99 (Infotech Oulu Workshop on Texture Analysis in Machine Vision), Oulu, Finland, 14-16 June, 1999.

    Memberships in (Technical) Program Committees

  • MUM 2015 (14th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Linz, Austria, Nov-Dec 2015.
  • PerDis 2015 (4th International Symposium on Pervasive Displays), Saarbrucken, Germany, Jun 2015.
  • MAB 2014 (Media Architecture Biennale 2014), Aarhus, Denmark, Nov 2014.
  • UbiComp 2014 (2014 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing), Seattle, WA, USA, Sep 2014.
  • HCI3P (Second Workshop on Human Computer Interaction for Third Places), Vancouver, Canada, June 2014.
  • PerDis 2014 (3rd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays), Copenhagen, Denmark, June 2014.
  • MUM 2013 (12th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Lulea, Sweden, Dec 2013.
  • NetGames 2013 (12th Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games), Denver, CO, USA, Dec 2013.
  • UbiComp 2013 (2013 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing), Zurich, Switzerland, Sep 2013.
  • INTERACT 2013 (14th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Cape Town, South Africa, Sep 2013.
  • C&T 2013 (6th International Conference on Communities & Technologies), Munich, Germany, Jun-Jul 2013.
  • PerDis 2013 (Second International Symposium on Pervasive Displays), Mountain View, CA, USA, June 2013.
  • MUM 2012 (11th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Ulm, Germany, Dec 2012.
  • MAB 2012 (Media Architecture Biennale 2012), Aarhus, Denmark, Nov 2012.
  • NetGames 2012 (11th Annual Workshop on Network and Systems Support for Games), Venice, Italy, Nov 2012.
  • ACM Multimedia 2012 (20th ACM International Conference on Multimedia), Nara, Japan, Oct-Nov 2012.
  • NordiCHI 2012 (7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction), Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct 2012.
  • PerDis 2012 (2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays), Porto, Portugal, June 2012.
  • WiNMee 2012 (8th International Workshop on Wireless Network Measurements), Paderborn, Germany, May 2012.
  • MUM 2011 (10th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Beijing, China, Dec 2011.
  • ACM Multimedia 2011 (19th ACM International Conference on Multimedia), Scottsdale, AZ, USA, Nov-Dec 2011.
  • C&T 2011 (5th International Conference on Communities & Technologies), Brisbane, Australia, Jun-Jul 2011.
  • FutureTech 2011 (6th International Conference on Future Information Technology / Ubiquitous Networks and Wireless Communications Track), Crete, Greece, June 2011.
  • WiNMee 2011 (7th International workshop on Wireless Network Measurements), Princeton, NJ, USA, May 2011.
  • MUM 2010 (9th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Limassol, Cyprus, Dec 2010.
  • AFRICOMM 2010 (2nd International ICST Conference on e-Infrastructure and e-Services for Developing Countries), Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 2010.
  • AccessNets 2010 (5th International Conference on Access Networks), Budapest, Hungary, Nov 2010.
  • SeMuDaTe 2009 (2009 Workshop on Semantic Multimedia Database Technologies), Graz, Austria, Dec 2009.
  • RTCSA 2009 (15th IEEE International Conference on Embedded and Real-Time Computing Systems and Applications), Beijing, China, Aug 2009.
  • SCCM 2009 (2009 International Workshop on Service-oriented Community Coordinated Multimedia), Los Angeles, CA, USA, Jul 2009.
  • CMM 2009 (2009 International Workshop on Community Driven Multimedia), New York, NY, USA, Jul 2009.
  • WMM 2009 (9th Workshop on Multimedia Metadata), Toulouse, France, Mar 2009.
  • MUM 2008 (7th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Umeå, Sweden, Dec 2008.
  • WPMC 2008 (11th International Symposium on Wireless Personal Mobile Multimedia Communications), Lapland, Finland, Sep 2008.
  • ICME 2006 (2006 IEEE International Conference on Multimedia & Expo / Multimedia Computing and Software Track), Toronto, Canada, Jul 2006.
  • MUM 2006 (5th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Stanford, CA, USA, Dec 2006.
  • PIMRC 2006 (17th Annual IEEE International Symposium on Personal, Indoor and Mobile Radio Communications), Helsinki, Finland, Sep 2006.
  • MUM 2005 (4th International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Christchurch, New Zealand, Dec 2005.
  • MUM 2004 (3rd International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), College Park, MD, USA, Nov 2004.
  • MUM 2003 (2nd International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia), Norrköping, Sweden, Dec 2003.
  • CIKM 2002 (11th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management), McLean, VA, USA, Nov 2002.
  • ICPR 2002 (16th International Conference on Pattern Recognition / Biomedical and Multimedia Applications Track), Quebec, Canada, Aug 2002.
  • CIKM 2001 (10th International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management), Atlanta, GA, USA, Nov 2001.


  • PERSONAL