Lecture series Internet of Things 2 introduces international experts

Internet of Things 2 aims to explore how we design products and services for “internet of things”.

The second series of lectures on the topic of Internet of Things aim to explore further how we design products and services for an evermore connected reality. This time we have invited designers, experts and researchers that are either creating new innovative products or investigating interesting phenomena around the topic.

The series starts by Martin Spindler on Oct 21st at Aalto Media Auditorium.

For more information and signing up, please visit the Internet of Things pages.

Content, Business and Technologies – new minor subject – apply now!

About Content, Business and Technologies minor study program

The Content Business and Technologies (CBT) minor study program (12-25 ECTS) aims to contribute to the understanding of management practices and processes in the digital creative sectors. The program focuses on management and technology in the creative industries and cultural sectors, following a hands-on approach. CBT encompasses a wide range of topics, such as: project management; innovation; entrepreneurship; digital marketing; branding; service prototyping; social media and customer relations; games and gamification; cross-media; internet of things and ubiquitous computing. Additionally, the program aims to strengthen the cultural competences, and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams.

Website: http://cbt.aalto.fi

Target group

Master degree students from Aalto University’s ARTS, BIZ and SCI schools. Students from other schools, exchange students, students from other Finnish universities (within the JOO agreement) may also apply. A maximum of 15 students will be chosen. Applicants will be selected in order to create a group of students with different backgrounds and skills.

Application – Until 31st October 2013

To apply, send a motivation letter and an extract of student record to Nuno Correia (nuno.correia@aalto.fi). The applicant should mention in the letter:
– name, school, department, study program;
– his/her background;
– his/her interests on the subject;
– a proposed list of courses from the minor program that he/she would enrol in.
In case there are more applicants than the maximum, the applicants can be interviewed.

Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance until 18th November 2013.

More information

Website: http://cbt.aalto.fi

Nuno Correia
Lecturer, Aalto ARTS, Department of Media
email: nuno.correia@aalto.fi
tel. 044 5068660

Leena Närekangas
Coordinator, Aalto Media Factory
email: leena.narekangas@aalto.fi
tel. 050 3427114

Eläköön arkistosi! -seminaari 1.10.2013 (in Finnish)

Invitation to Eläköön arkistosi! seminar on preservation of digital av-material. The seminari is held in Finnish.

ELÄKÖÖN ARKISTOSI! -SEMINAARI AV-MATERIAALIN SÄILYVYYDESTÄ, SAAVUTETTAVUUDESTA JA AVOIMUUDESTA

Miten varmistaa, että digitaalinen av-materiaali säilyy tulevaisuuteen?
Löytyykö tuotantoyhtiösi kovalevyiltä pääomaa vai hiljalleen katoava bittisotku?

AV-tuotantoprosessin muuttuminen digitaaliseksi 2000-luvulla on tuonut mukanaan uusia haasteita, joista yksi on av-tuotantoihin kuvatun materiaalin määrän nopea kasvu. Kuvausten aikana syntyy kymmeniä, jopa satoja tunteja materiaalia. Tästä vain pieni osa päätyy lopulliseen teokseen. Mitä kaikelle valmiiden teosten ulkopuolelle jäävälle raakamateriaalille tapahtuu?

Eläköön arkistosi! –seminaari päivittää tietosi digitaalisen pitkäaikaissäilytyksen toimivista käytännöistä sekä avaa tulevaisuuden visioita digitaalisen av-materiaalin säilytykseen ja uusiokäyttöön.

Aika: 1.10.2013 klo 9:00-16:30, yleisöä pyydetään saapumaan paikalle klo 8:30-9:00 tai klo 10:00 jälkeen.
Paikka: Ateneum-sali, Kaivokatu 2, Helsinki
Ennakkoilmoittautuminen 27.9. mennessä. Ilmoittautumislomake.

Ohjelma:

8:30
Ateneumin ovet aukeavat / aamukahvi

9:00
TERVETULIAISSANAT
tuottaja Leena Närekangas, Aalto Media Factory

9:10
DIGITAALISEN ARKISTOINNIN NYKYTILA TUOTANTOYHTIÖISSÄ
tutkimusassistentti Ulla Heikkilä, Aalto Media Factory

9:35
METADATAA JA MEDIAN HALLINTAA, ONKO TUOTTOJA TARJOLLA?
toimitusjohtaja Eero Saarinen, Mediatrade Oy

10:00
ELÄVÄT KUVAT TALTEEN JA KÄYTTÖÖN – MALLINA MIKKELLIN AMK     
projektipäällikkö Osmo Palonen, Mikkelin AMK

10:25
YLEISÖKYSYMYKSET JA KESKUSTELU

10.40
Tauko

10.50
KAVA:N ARKISTOT DIGIAIKANA 
KAVA, apulaisjohtaja Mikko Kuutti

11.10
YLEN ARKISTOT DIGIAIKAAN, CASE: ÄÄNITEARKISTOT
Yle Arkisto, audiokokoelmat, esimies Pekka Salosaari

11.30
KANSALLINEN DIGITAALINEN KIRJASTOHANKE
kehityspäällikkö Kimmo Koivunen, Tieteen tietotekniikan keskus CSC

11.50
MEDIATAITEEN PITKÄAIKAISTALLENNUS     
toiminnanjohtaja Hanna Maria Anttila, AV-Arkki

12:10
YLEISÖKYSYMYKSET JA KESKUSTELU

12.20
Lounastauko

13.20
VAIHTOEHTOISTEN ARKISTOJEN TARJOAMAT MAHDOLLISUUDET
tutkija Sanna Marttila, Aalto-yliopisto

14:05
RAAKA- JA ARKISTOMATERIAALIN KIERRÄTYS, CASE: SOTASANKARI 
tuottaja Ari Matikainen, Kinocompany Oy

14.20
RAAKA- JA ARKISTOMATERIAALIN KIERRÄTYS, CASE: GHOST ROCKETS
tuottaja Asta Wellejus, Die Asta Experience, Ruotsi

15.20
Tauko

15.30
RYHMÄTYÖSKENTELY JA LOPPUKESKUSTELU

16.30
Viinitarjoilu

Seminaarin järjestää Aalto-yliopiston Media Factory yhteistyössä AVEKin, Dokumenttikilta ry:n, Mikkelin ammattikorkeakoulun ja Satu ry:n kanssa.
Hanketta rahoittaa Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö.
TERVETULOA!

Lisätietoja:
Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
050 3427114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

Emotional Window Workshop 16.-18.9.2013

Interested in exploring visual programming and interactive visualizations of emotions in multi touch environment?

Participate at the intensive 3 day workshop at Media Factory called Emotional Window on 16th – 18th September 2013

http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/emo/

Confirm your participation by sending a confirmation email to:

Jari Kleimola
Department of Media Technology
jari.kleimola@aalto.fi

or
Sasa Kerkos
Department of Media
sasa.kerkos@aalto.fi

Games Now! – An open and free lecture series

What are the hot topics in the games industry and culture right now?
What will the future of games look like? Enroll to the course to find out – or just show up!

30.9.2013 15.00-17.00
Creating Gameworlds: The Art of Gameplay, Interaction and Story – Matt Costello
Sampo hall, Aalto ARTS building (Arabianranta)

28.10.2013 15.00-17.00
New Interfaces – Panel by Finnish experts
B-hall, Otaniemi Campus Main Building

25.11.2013 15.00-17.00
Game Jams and Hobbyists – Gorm Lai
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

9.12.2013 15.00-17.00
What Is This Indie Anyhow? – Panel by Finnish indie developers
Design Factory, The Stage (Otaniemi)

The course continues in spring. The spring term topics and workshops will be announced later.

More information
Jaakko Kemppainen
jaakko.s.kemppainen@aalto.fi
Games Now!

 

Course organized by Aalto Media Factory & Media Lab Helsinki

Sound SIG Seminar 20.9 – Rethinking Sonic Interaction

Sound, as a design material, engendered  various  opportunities in the production and distribution of cultural and mediated practices that have been at the forefront of research in social-interactive aspects of emerging technologies. Sound has the possibility of opening up new ways of interactions for us to consider. We can provide alternative design solutions for interactions in ways that are different from the more common vision-driven approach; free the user’s attention from the strong visual focus and instead shift attention towards the auditory modes of perception. During the seminar, we will discuss the emerging role of sonic interaction in HCI field and present recent research projects introducing some opportunities and challenges in designing interactions with sound.

Preliminary agenda

09:30  welcome and coffee

Rethinking Sonic Interaction

10:00 Opening

10:10 Teemu Ahmaniemi, Nokia Research Center : “Dynamic Audiotactile Feedback – Digital Tangibility”
10:30 Johan Kildal, Nokia Research Center : “The Physicality of Sound”
10:50 Lassi A Liikkanen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, HIIT : “Appropriating YouTube for Music Interaction”

11:15 Panel Discussion

Registration:  http://www.sigchi.fi/soundRegister – free of charge
Location: Aalto Media Factory – http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/contact-us/

Dr. Teemu Ahmaniemi received MSc degree in signal processing from the Tampere University of Technology in 1998 and PhD in cognitive technology from Aalto University in 2012. From 1999 he has worked with Nokia Research Center focusing on various topics including  audio and speech applications, sensor algorithms and multimodal interfaces. His current research projects deal with tangible and deformable interfaces and many of them are done in collaboration with Aalto University.

Dr. Johan Kildal is principal Research Scientist at Nokia Research Center in Espoo, Finland. His research areas of interest include multimodal mobile user interfaces, organic user interfaces, audio-haptic non-visual interaction,  accessibility and pedestrian navigation. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2008 at the University of Glasgow, under the supervision of Prof. Stephen Brewster.

Dr. Lassi A Liikkanen received his doctorate from Aalto University in 2010. Since then he has pursued research on themes related to music and design and published on related venues. Most recently he headed research projects MusiQ and LUTUS at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT.

Koray Tahiroglu
koray.tahiroglu@aalto.fi
Contact person for Sound SIG

Apply now! Art and Technology minor subject studies in the academic year 2013-14

The MA level study module Art and Technology, which was kicked off the present academic year will continue in the academic year 2013-14. It brings media art and electronic art as independent subjects to the curriculum of the university. It’s also an example of new multi-disciplinary collaboration that is made possible by Aalto.

The study module combines media artistic thinking and practice with the aesthetic and philosophical foundations of the field. Students are encouraged to cross over boundaries between technology, art and design.

One of the starting points of Art and Tech is to make the work done by students and researchers more visible. This will happen through exhibitions, performances and events organized in collaboration with others actors in the media art scene.

The emphasis is on interactive artworks that are spatial, embodied, or mobile. Some topics to be covered are interactive installations, experimental user interfaces, wearable electronics, and ubiquitous technology. In addition to artistic projects there will be studies in media art history and the technical tool skills that are needed.

The scope of the module is 20-25 ECTS. It can thus be included in a master’s degree as a minor subject, or as a personal study module. The main language of teaching is English.

The application period for the first study year that starts in September 2013 is currently running until the end of May. Students from a variety of backgrounds are welcome to apply – such as from various fields of art, media, design, technology and human sciences. The module is open for students from the six schools of Aalto University, as well as for exchange students and for students from other Finnish universities within the JOO agreement. A group of 10-12 students will be selected for the first year of the study module.

The Art and Technology study module is made possible through collaboration between three departments within Aalto University – the departments of Art, Media, and Media technology, and with coordination by Aalto Media Factory.

Application
The Art & Technology application deadline is May 31st. Application consists of application form, motivation letter (1-2 pages) and extract of study record. The application should be sent to Vesa Kantola to Aalto university, School of Science, Department of Media Technology, P.O. Box 15500, 00076 AALTO AND via email to vesa.kantola@aalto.fi.

Further information:
http://artandtech.aalto.fi
and
Lecturer Vesa Kantola
vesa.kantola@aalto.fi
Tel. 050 5562029

Want to learn the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros?

What:
Basic course in 3D modeling with Rhinoceros

Where and when:
Class 891 on Thursday 23.5. and Monday 27.5. at 13-17.
Exercise sessions are held in the FabLab in Aalto Media Factory on Friday 24.5. at 12-15 and Tuesday 28.5. at 9-11:30

To whom: Aalto faculty and students

This course will teach the basics of the 3D modeling program Rhinoceros.
During the afternoons we will go through exercises in which we will learn the basic workflow of Rhino from creating exact 2D curves, editing them and creating 3D surfaces and editing them. Both intense afternoons will continue with exercise sessions in the FabLab, where you can test your skills in practice.

Some of the basic commands learned: Line, Arcs, Circles, Ellipses, Fillet Curves, Extrude Curve, Rotate, Boolean, Fillet Edges, Sweeps and so on.

For the exercise sessions in the FabLab take with you your own laptop that has the Rhinoceros 4 or 5 software installed. You can download an evaluation version of Rhino 5 from the homepage of Rhino3D. The course material applies equally well to version 4 as to version 5 of Rhino.

The course will be held by Peter Kaario, an industrial designer at Innokas Medical Oy. Peter is experienced teacher in Creo2, Rhino and Pro Engineer programs.

Register to the course in here. There are 15 places for people. You will get a confirmation email about your registration from Leena Närekangas latest on May 20th.

For more information:

Peter Kaario
Tel. 040 740 6804
pkaa@plasticity.fi

Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 342 7114
leena.narekangas@aalto.fi

PACK-AGE course closing show 17 May

In PACK-AGE packaging design course students get up-to-date knowledge about packaging design and packaging research and the teams are equipped with practical tools and means for managing their project work and its problems. This year’s theme is “green luxury”. The design teams have worked with new packaging solutions for chocolate, jewelry and sushi clients. Come and enjoy the results that the teams will present for the first time publicly on 17 May 2013 9:00-12:00 at Aalto Media Factory. Brunch for the quick. Welcome!

PACK-AGE is an innovative packaging design course uniting design, business and engineering thinking to project-based learning. Students work in interdisciplinary teams with real packaging projects from the industry. The idea is to use student’s competences, background and prior knowledge as a resource for creative group work. The project work is supported by a wide range of theme lectures. We have 6 teachers and spesialists from 4 schools teaching packaging design from different perspectives.

Davis Simanis Director Atelier & Workshop

“Reconstructing historical experience”

15.-19.4. lectures at the Media Factory auditorium at 9-16
6.5.-10.5. tutor appointments and lecture/sessions with all the students in Suomenlinna (times will be decided during the first week)

The course is open for all interested, also doctoral students. SIGN UP in oodi by 12th of April (2-6 credits depending on the modules)

Davis Simanis is a Latvian filmmaker and theorist. He has directed several poetic documentaries and experimental films, for example Valkyrie limited 2009, Sounds under the Sun 2010.

His work-in-progress Escaping Riga is a cinematic journey, a docu-fiction on two world-class 20th century geniuses, the British philosopher Sir Isaiah Berlin and the Russian film director Sergei Eisenstein who were born in the city of Riga around a hundred years ago. Blending small everyday episodes of the lives of the two personalities and narrated by the director, the film is a personal interpretation of their life stories in the time period from their first meeting at the beginning of the 20th century to their second and last meeting after two world wars in 1945.

Davis Simanis is also working on a doctoral theses on the themes of representing history in film.

Course discription

The lecture part of the course will deal with the creative ways of reflecting history in cinema and also, more theoretically, reflect the dilemma of representing historical experience in film. How depict the past, how to represent the vanished time?

Week 16 lectures at Aalto Media Factory
Week 19 workshop meetings/tutor appointments  and possible group sessions/ discussions in Suomenlinna.

The description of the course by Davis Simanis

Day 1 Theoretical module (lecture; classroom discussions):

Analytical and empirical problems of representing history in films. For and against historical interpretations in film: 20th centuries’ evaluative theories.  Development of the historiophoty as brand new methodology for analyzing historical films. Reconstruction of the past as device to expand film language and its instruments. Three types of history in films – history as drama, history as document, history as experiment. Compression of time, simplification of historical narrative. History in feature films: classification and alterations. The end of the history – youtube and vimeo.

Day 2

Ideological restraints while interpreting history. Individual (author) ideology, group ideology and national, ethnic ideology. The aims, methods, content and reaction: structuring  of ideological recreations of past. Propaganda films and remaking historical narrative in favor of political, social or national goals. Concept of public memory. Ideological approach in the movies of Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Leni Riefenstahl and others.

Day 3

The reconstruction of history in documentary films. Information and historical facts as truth and reality. A documentary director being a historian. Historical sources for the filmic narrative – memoirs, epistolary items, still pictures, archival footage, etc. Editing (information, emotion, timing, rhythm) solutions.  Alternative narrative techniques to capture historical document. Reenactments and their possible drawbacks. Mockumentary as a source of new historical narrative.  Animadoc advantages. Other practices of recreating the past in documentaries.

Day 4

Practical specifications and variations to reconstruct contrasting historical periods. Documentary as historical experiment. Narrative advantages and disadvantages from historical remodeling. Current change of narration and narrative techniques in historical documentaries. Modernism as an instrumental background for new practices in recreating the past. Subjectivity, stream of consciousness, abstraction. New ways of reconstructing historical narrative in films. Creative reenactment, radical stylization, formalism, eclectic editing, mutative camerawork, etc.

Practical module:

Pitching session for the workshop advanced episodes. Individual presentations of the idea, structure, style of cinematography, editing solutions. (I)

Part  5

Diffusion of documentary and feature film practices. Contemporary hybridism in historical reconstruction. Prototypical narrative in documentary films. Change of narrative schema.  Mise-en-scene of reality. Documentary characters as actors.  Editing transformations (narrator’s position, time perspective, continuity, diegetic or non-diegetic approach).

Practical module:

Pitching session for the workshop advanced episodes. Individual presentations of the idea, structure, style of cinematography, editing solutions. (II)

For more information, please contact professor Susanna Helke, susanna.helke@aalto.fi.