International Workshop on Smart Sensing Systems IWSSS’17

The Center for Ubiquitous Computing is organising the Second International Workshop on Smart Sensing Systems (IWSSS’17) which will take place on the 7th-8th August, at TellUs Stage. IWSSS’17 will count with the participation of more than 20 international researchers from Europe and Asia. Prestigious keynote speakers include Professor Pierre Maret from the University of Jean … Continue reading

Best paper award – AmI 2017

Our paper entitled Exploring the Use of Ambient WiFi Signals to Find Vacant Houses has received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 European Conference on Ambient Intelligence and the Internet of Things, that took place in Málaga, Spain, between April 26th and 28th 2017 (  You can access the full paper at:, or  find it in … Continue reading

Natural Language Processing Research seminar – Bridging the Gap Across Faculties

Welcome to the “Natural Language Processing  (NLP) Research Seminar- Bridging the Gap Across Faculties”, organised by Dr. Mourad Oussalah,  Center for Ubiquitous Computing, Faculty of ITEE,  to take place on the 31st of March, at Tellus Stage, starting at 12:10. Registration:  ; Registration deadline: 29th March.   Programme 12:10 – 12:30 – Introduction (concept & objectives) and brief Round Table … Continue reading

7th International UBI Summer School 2016

7th International UBI Summer School was held in Oulu, Finland, June 13-18, 2016. Annual UBI Summer Schools provide researchers, students, and industry and public sector professionals with an opportunity to gain hands on experience and insight on selected topics on the multidisciplinary fields of HCI, ubiquitous computing and urban informatics under the … Continue reading

Workshops at UbiComp’16

Members of the Center for Ubiquitous Computing are co-organising 4 different workshops at the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing  (UbiComp ’16) in Heidelberg, Germany. 2nd International Workshop on Mobile and Situated Crowdsourcing (website) Crowdsourcing beyond the desktop is increasingly attracting interest due to the rapid proliferation of … Continue reading

Ekaterina Gilman defends PhD!

On 30 October 2015, Ekaterina Gilman has successfully defended her dissertation “Exploring the use of rule-based reasoning in ubiquitous computing applications“, supervised by Professor Jukka Riekki. The PhD thesis was reviewed by Professor Claudio Bettini (University of Milan) and Professor Tommi Mikkonen (Tampere University of Technology). Professor Arkady Zaslavsky (CSIRO, … 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

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