Vacancy: Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science (Data Science)

This position has now closed! The Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu, Finland, is hiring an Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science (Data Science). The position is available at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and the successful candidate will work within the Center for Ubiquitous Computing … Continue reading

Vacancy: Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science (Wearable Computing, Gadgets, 3D Fabrication)

This position has now closed! The Center for Ubiquitous Computing at the University of Oulu, Finland, is hiring an Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science (Wearable Computing, Gadgets, 3D Fabrication). The position is available at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, and the successful candidate will work within the Center … Continue reading

State-of-the-art FabLab opens

The University of Oulu’s FabLab (Fabrication Laboratory), the largest in Finland and amongst the largest in Europe, was officially opened on October 30th 2015. The state-of the-art €900,000 facility spans more than 280 m2 and is packed with tools that can bring any idea to life. These tools include: 3D printers that can be … Continue reading

Jorge Goncalves defends PhD!

Congratulations to Jorge Goncalves who defended his PhD on August 14, 2015. His opponent was Albrecht Schmidt (University of Stuttgart) and his pre-examiners Niki Kittur (Carnegie Mellon University) and Panos Ipeirotis (New York University). Jorge’s thesis was entitled Situated Crowdsourcing: Feasibility, Performance and Behaviours.  You can read more about his thesis in this post. Photo: … Continue reading

Jayant Venkatanathan defends PhD!

Congratulations to Jayant Venkatanathan who defended his PhD on March 17, 2015. His opponents were Luis Caricco (University of Lisbon) and Jean-Bernard Martens (Eindhoven University of Technology). Jayant’s thesis was entitled Examining the Interplay Between Universal Behavioural Tendencies, Online Social Networks and Social Capital.  You can read more about his thesis in this post. … Continue reading

Jakob Rogstadius defends PhD!

Congratulations to Jakob Rogstadius who defended his PhD on January 6, 2015. His opponents were Vincenzo Bollettino (Harvard University) and Rui Jose (University of Minho). Jakob’s thesis was entitled Enhancing Disaster Situational Awareness Through Scalable Curation of Social Media.  You can read more about his thesis in this post. Photo: Taken shortly after … Continue reading

Understanding Mobile Privacy and Security Concerns

Motivation Smartphone users are unable to preemptively identify potential mobile application malware. We developed Securacy, a mobile application that: crowdsources users’ concerns of application’s security and privacy (i.e., securacy); informs the users of potential risks; reveals hidden application network connections to servers; and pinpoints the applications’ servers location. We propose … Continue reading

Featured publications

Goncalves, J., Feldman, M., Hu, S., Kostakos, V., & Bernstein, A. (2017). Task Routing and Assignment in Crowdsourcing based on Cognitive Abilities. Proc. 26th International World Wide Web Conference (WWW). Visuri, A., Sarsenbayeva, Z., van Berkel, N., Goncalves, J., Rawassizadeh, R., Kostakos, V., & Ferreira, D. (2017). Quantifying Sources and … Continue reading

International distinction for CrisisTracker

Congratulations to Jakob Rogstadius for this great distinction.  CrisisTracker, an open-source platform built in collaboration by the University of Oulu, the University of Madeira, IBM Research, and the Qatar Computing Research Institute, has won the “Tech Challenge” award by USAID and Humanity United. The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention emerged in response … Continue reading

Denzil Ferreira defends PhD!

Congratulations to Denzil Ferreira who has just defended his PhD. His opponent was Andrew Campbell (Darthmouth College), and his pre-examiners Ceclia Mascolo (University of Cambridge) and Florian Michahelles (ETZ Zurich). Denzil’s thesis was entitled AWARE: A mobile context instrumentation middleware to collaboratively understand human behaviour. You can read more about his … Continue reading

Roundup from Ubicomp 2013

This year we presented two full papers at Ubicomp 2013. The two papers are available in our publications.  Crowdsourcing on the Spot: Altruistic Use of Public Displays, Feasibility, Performance, and Behaviours. This work was mentioned in New Scientist and looks at using public displays as a crowdsourcing platform. Revisiting Human-Battery Interaction with an Interactive … Continue reading

Attending the Dagstuhl seminar on Crowdsourcing

Vassilis Kostakos participated in the Dagstuhl seminar on Crowdsourcing. The seminar  lasted 3 days and was attended by more than 20 scientists internationally.  It was entitled Crowdsourcing: From Theory to Practice and Long-Term Perspectives, and was organised by Claudio Bartolini (HP Labs – Palo Alto, US) Tobias Hoßfeld (Universität Würzburg, DE) Phuoc Tran-Gia (Universität Würzburg, DE) … Continue reading

Tervetuloa selkäkipututkimukseen!

Sinulla on nyt mahdollisuus osallistua mobiiliin tietojen keräämiseen osana selkäkipututkimusta, mihin olet osallistumassa. Mobiiliosion tulokset saattavat auttaa sinua sekä muita, joilla on samankaltaisia selkäoireita. Ajan kuluessa saat myös itse selkeää tietoa oman tilanteesi kehittymisestä. Jos sinulla on älypuhelin Android-käyttöjärjestelmällä, voit osallistua tähän osioon! Asennusohjeet: 1: Avaa verkkoselain puhelimestasi Avaa verkkoselain Android-puhelimestasi … Continue reading

Selkäkipututkimuksen päivitysohjeet

Hei, Ja todella suuret kiitokset osallistumisestanne tähän asti –  saamme paljon hyvää tietoa teidän omasta kiputilanteesta tämän kautta. Puhelimessa oleva sovellus pitäisi nyt päivittää, jotta data tulee perille jatkossakin. Päivitysohjeet pähkinänkuoressa: — ÄLÄ poistu itse tutkimuksesta = älä klikkaa “quit study” painiketta AWARE:n sisällä — Lataa uusi versio AWARE:sta samasta … Continue reading