• Olli Pitkänen's doctoral thesis defence

    Fri, 03.03.2006

    3 Mar 2006 - HIIT researcher Olli Pitkänen defended his doctoral thesis Legal Challenges to Future Information Businesses in the public dissertation at the Helsinki University of Technology. The opponents were Professors Olli Martikainen and Jukka Mähönen and the custos Professor Martti Mäntylä.

  • HIIT BRU receives hightest mark in international evaluation

    Wed, 01.03.2006

    1 Mar 2006 - The international evaluation of the quality of research at the University of Helsinki was completed and the evaluation report published on 1.3.2006. The evaluation reports can be found at The Basic Research Unit of HIIT, as well as the entire Department of Computer Science, was awarded the best grade 7/7. According to the evaluation, "The unit can without hesitation be declared leading in its chosen area of research.

  • PASION EU project kick-off

    Sun, 19.02.2006

    19 Feb 2006 - The contract negotiations of the project Psychologically Augmented Social Interaction Over Networks (PASION) submitted to the 4th Call of Applications of EU's IST programme were concluded successfully in early 2006 and the project was launched in a kick-off event in Paris held on 19.-20.2.2006. The project will study the user of an innovative shared virtual environment for conveying the social, non-verbal and contextual information required for effective communication especially in collaborative work environments.

  • HIIT joins DIMES consortium

    Thu, 26.01.2006

    26 Jan 2006 - HIIT has been accepted as the member of the DIMES ry consortium in its board meeting on 16.1.2006. Please refer to

  • IPCity EU project launch

    Sun, 01.01.2006

    1 Jan 2006 - The contract negotiations on the EU IST integrated project Interaction and Presence in Urban Environments (IPCity) were successfully concluded, and hence the project is expected to launch on 1 January 2006. The project is co-ordinated by Fraunhofer FIT; HIIT's User Experience Research Group is one of the eleven partners from five different countries in EU.

  • 29.11.2005: The Centennary Fund of Helsingin Sanomat awards a grant to Vili Lehdonvirta

    Tue, 29.11.2005

    The Centennary Fund of Helsingin Sanomat awarded a one-year grant to Researcher Vili Lehdonvirta, M.Sc. (Tech.), for research on virtual consumerism carried out at Waseda University, Japan. Mr. Lehdonvirta's research forms a part of the larger Virtual consumerism research project currently under development at HIIT's Network Society research program. The project is concerned with the business, legal and societal impact of game items and other "virtual assets" that users perceive as possessing real value and trade for significant sums of money.

  • 24.11.2005: COMSOA project receives strategic TEKES funding

    Thu, 24.11.2005

    The National Technology Agency TEKES awarded two-year funding for the project Community Media and Service-Oriented Architecture (COMSOA), originally submitted to the call of strategic research projects in the ICT domain at end of June.

  • 21.11.2005: Martti Mäntylä receives IT distinction for 2005

    Mon, 21.11.2005

    The Finnish Information Technology Association ( gave Professor Martti Mäntylä its Information Technology Distinction for 2005 in recognition of his work in information technology and computer science both in Finland and internationally, and especially in bridging university research with R&D in information industry.

  • 18.11.2005: Context Cues project receives funding from Academy of Finland

    Fri, 18.11.2005

    The Academy of Finland has awarded HIIT a 4-year grant for the project Context Cues: Context data derived situation cues to support meaningful interactions. The project will apply a novel social psychological approach to situation cues in ubiquitous computing environments, how can they be used to make meaningful inferences, and how these inferences to provide a basis for socially meaningful, transparent and accountable action.

  • 8.11.2005: MoMUPE receives TEKES funding

    Tue, 08.11.2005

    TEKES has awarded two-year funding for the project Network of Mobile Context-Aware Applications and Games, aiming to create context-aware multi-user applications that can be run on any mobile phone. The applications are developed with the Multi-User Publishing Environment (MUPE), an open source application platform developed in Nokia Research Center. MUPE has been used successfully in many NRC and university projects, and this project continues this work.