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Antti Oulasvirta, Associate Professor

Antti Oulasvirta is an Associate Professor at Aalto University where he leads the User Interfaces research group. He was previously a Senior Researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics and the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction at Saarland university. He received his doctorate in Cognitive Science from the University of Helsinki in 2006, after which he was a Fulbright Scholar at the School of Information in University of California-Berkeley in 2007-2008 and a Senior Researcher at Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT in 2008-2011. During his postgraduate studies in 2002-2003, he was an exchange student at UC Berkeley's Neuropsychology Lab and did an internship at T-Labs in Berlin in 2006. He was awarded the ERC Starting Grant (2015-2020) for research on computational design of user interaces. Dr. Oulasvirta serves as an associate editor for International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, a column editor for IEEE Computer, and he frequently participates in the paper committees of HCI conferences, including the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). His work has been awarded the Best Paper Award and Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI eight times between 2008 and 2016. He has held keynote talks on computational user interface design in NordiCHI'14, CoDIT'14, and EICS'16.


Our research looks at computational and model-based approaches to user interface design and adaptation. Optimization methods have revolutionized almost every field of engineering design, so why not user interface design? In model-driven UI optimization, an optimizer utilizes predictive models of human perception, behavior, and experience to anticipate users' responses to computer-generated designs. Optimization can be used to generate design ideas, solve hard design problems, facilitate creativity in design, and automate design adaptation. Learn more by reading our Cover Feature Article in IEEE Computer 2017 and get a hands-on experience in our CHI2017 course on Computational Interaction Design.

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We are part of the Aalto Master's Program in CCIS, offering a specialization track on Interactive Technologies. Courses in 2017-2018: See the Aalto MyCourses pages for details.

I have several exciting Master's thesis topics. To inquire topics, please email me with your CV, transcript, and letter of interest. We also offer internship possiblities for Aalto and foreign students.

Postdocs and PhD Students

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Obs! We are always looking for outstanding PhD students interested in modeling, computational approaches, and experimental studies in HCI. Doing a PhD in our group means researching an advanced topic in user interfaces for four years in an intellectually stimulating environment. The applicant should have a Master's degree in computer science, engineering, statistics, cognitive science, psychology, or a related field and show an outstanding academic record. To inquire positions, please contact me per email, sending your CV, transcripts with grades, and letter of interest. Incomplete application packages will be ignored. There are also regular calls for PhD students in HICT.


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