2016 academic tour in Finland

Ubilife visited several academic institutions in Finland between January 21 and January 28, 2016. This academic tour was supported by our NRF project on context-aware adaptation framework for programming education. We embarked on the tour with a purpose to advertise our project in Finland and discuss collaboration possibilities within the project’s theme. A summarized and illustrated account of the tour can be found below.

January 21-24 – University of Eastern Finland, Ubium Oy

We were delighted to visit the city of Joensuu to present our project to our friends at UEF and Ubium. The reception was warm indeed and resulted in diverse discussions. It was decided that Jungryul Seo will come to UEF during fall 2016 as a visiting researcher. After intensive interaction with our colleagues, we had a chance to relax with bouldering and ice swimming.


We brought some Korean gifts to Dr. Carolina Islas Sedano and Mikko Vinni at Ubium


Dr. Carolina Islas Sedano of Ubium shared many questions and suggestions on our project


Prof. Roman Bednarik (left) and Prof. Markku Tukiainen (front right) hosted a seminar for us at the School of Computing at UEF


Renny Lindberg informs the audience at UEF on learning and play styles

January 25, 28 – University of Turku
Invited by Prof. Erkki Sutinen, we had a great pleasure to visit the Department of Information Technology at UTU in the beautiful city of Turku, the oldest city in Finland. During the visit we met several interesting researchers and professors. Our presentations were well received and they resulted in spontaneous, vibrant discussions. Several future collaboration threads were identified through which this newly established connection will be strengthened.


Meeting with Prof. Erkki Sutinen at the Dept. of Information Technology at University of Turku


Jungryul Seo shares information about his research on emotion detection

January 26 – Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences

Amir Dirin kindly invited us to share our latest research efforts to the staff and students of HH. Our presentations seemed to be of interest to the students, of whom several expressed their interest towards studying in Korea. We were also interviewed by a local magazine, and had a brainstorming session with Amir on research collaboration.


Jungryul Seo engages the audience with his humorous presentation


An interview with a reporter Laura Niemi from a local magazine

January 27 – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University

Senior Scientist Tatu Harviainen hosted our visit at VTT, which is profiled as the leading research institute in Finland. After watching an impressive demonstration of one of the latest research prototype developed by VTT, we shared our project details with our hosts. A lively discussion followed in which potential collaboration areas were identified.

At Aalto University, we were invited to give presentations by Prof. Lauri Malmi who is the leader of the Learning + Technology Research Group (LeTech). Discussion that followed from the presentations was very useful as we share the interest towards programming education with Prof. Malmi and his group.

Afterwards, we met with Prof. Juha Karhunen who is the head of the Applications of Machine Learning Research Group. Together with him and his postdoc researcher Mark van Heeswijk we discussed on how machine learning methods could be applied in our project.

VTT demo

Tatu Harviainen introduces us to with one of VTT’s latest prototypes

VTT presentation

Jungryul Seo introduces his research to Research Prof. Caj Södergård and Tatu Harviainen


Renny Lindberg shares his latest research results with Prof. Lauri Malmi (right) and his team

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