GRAGE: Green & Grey Workshop and Open Day

The Centre for Ubiquitous Computing will host the GRAGE Project Workshop and Open Day on the 13 and 14th of September 2018, at Tellus Stage, Linnanmaa Campus. The event gathers international experts from academic and non-academic institutions, in the fields of ICT, Law, Economy and Humanities, members of the project consortium and guest lecturers to discuss the challenges of the elderly living in the urban environment. The event is opened to the academic community, local institutions and the general public. Welcome!


13th September

PART I – Open Day

10:00-10:30Guided visit to the Ubicomp premises: DemoRoom– Lead: Paula Alavesa, PhD Researcher/Pentti Frederiksen, Laboratory Technician

10:40-11:15Guided visit to the FabLab– Lead: Dr. Antti Mäntyniemi, Fab Lab Manager

11:15-12:15Lunch & networkingVenue: Restaurant Foobar, Linnanmaa Campus

PART II- Workshop – Elderly living in urban settings – Tellus Stage

12:15-12:30Introduction & Day’s ProgrammeAnabela Berenguer/ Mourad Oussalah, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

12:30- 12:45Older persons’ human rights in urban areas: current developments in European lawLaura Vagni, Associate Professor, University of Macerata, Italy

12:45- 13:00Vertical Farms: a Sustainable Approach on Future Food SystemsMr. Coen van Ruiten, HAS University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

13:00-13:15-Digital Assistance and its Advantages in Self-Monitoring Healthier Diets Aku Visuri, PhD Researcher,Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

13:15- 13:30- Grey Smart Inventor: from concept to market, Olena Motuzenko, Associate Professor, Daryna Petlina, PhD- Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine,  & Dr. M. Letizia Urbani, General Manager of Meccano SpA, Fabriano, Italy

13:30-13:45Best practices at firm level on active ageing & green solutionsSilvia Leoni, PhD Researcher, University of Macerata, Italy

13:45- 14:00Physiological Signal Analysis – Example ApplicationsTapio Seppänen, Professor, Center for Machine Vision and Signal Analysis, University of Oulu, Finland

14:00- 14:15-Complimentary coffee break & networking

Part III- Workshop –Language & ICT tools for the elderly in urban context – Tellus Stage

14:15-14:30Urban Space and Environmental Sustainability: a Language Analysis of Dutch ElderlyPaola Monachesi, Assistant Prof., University of Utrecht, Netherlands

14:30- 14:45ICT Tools in Nursing Homes – the CARE ProjectSimon Klakegg, PhD Researcher, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

14:45-15:00- Big Data Mining & Deep Learning: How do Machines Perceive the ElderlyPanos Kostakos, Postdoctoral Researcher, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

15:00- 15:15Population ageing in the Arctic and Northern Russia’s context: New methods of measuring, raising elderly’ quality of life, and research collaborationAnastasia Emelyanova, Postdoctoral Researcher, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland

15:15- 15:30 – Q&As, general discussion & conclusion – Lead: Mourad OussalahSenior Research Fellow, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

14th September

PART IV- Workshop- GRAGE project – Tellus Frost Club

10:00 – 10:30Funding opportunities for joint projectsthe GRAGE consortiumPetri Mononen, Research Funding Specialist, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland

10:30-10:50Tourism for the elderlyMourad Oussalah, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

10:50-11:10Information and communication technology as a tool for improving business and social activity of the elderly in UkraineOleksii Sinitsyn, Deputy Chairman of the Board for International Cooperation of the NGO “Philosophy of the Heart”, Ukraine  & Olena Motuzenko, Associate Professor, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine 

11:10- 11:30 – On the use of URLs and hashtags in age prediction of Twitter users- Abhinay Pandya, PhD Researcher, Center for Ubiquitous Computing, University of Oulu, Finland

11:30-13:30Round table discussion: Paola Monachesi, Olena Motuzenko, Oleksii Sinitsyn, Coen van Ruiten, Anastasia Emelyanova, Mourad Oussalah, Abhinay Pandya, Panos Kostakos;

13:30 – Closing of Official Programme

Contact persons: Anabela Berenguer (; Mourad Oussalah (