Emotional Window Workshop

16th – 18th September 2013, Media Factory
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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
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Jari Kleimola
Department of Media Technology
Sasa Kerkos
Department of Media

Interactive visual explorations of emotions in multi-touch web environment

Emotional Window is a Master’s level course intended for approximately 16 students from Media Technology and Department of Media. The course encourages Graphic design, Media Lab and Media Technology students to attend. Also students from other art, design, and computing backgrounds are invited.

Teachers in charge of the course:

Jari Kleimola, Media Technology dept.
Sasa Kerkos, Media dept. Graphic design dept.

Other teachers:

Nuno Correia, Media dept. Media Lab
Forrest Oliphant, Media dept. Media Lab

Teaching period and place:

I period, 16-18 Sept 2013, 12h-17/18h, Media Factory, Arabia Campus, Aalto University


24-27h total, of which 3h introduction lectures and preparation time
21-24h project based group work (approx.7h/day)
The course is work intensive and requires creative research and content exploration.
The course is based on multi-disciplinary team work.

Learning outcomes:

Students will be introduced to working understanding of basic human emotions and their specifics, based on Paul Ekman’s groundbreaking psychology research on universal human emotions. His findings in the area of facial expressions form the visual basis for the Emotional Window emotions research start-point.

The students will learn interdisciplinary teamwork (designers + developers), and basics on how to design and develop engaging interactive audiovisual experiences using the latest web technologies. After the workshop, the students will have basic knowledge on how to integrate animated 2D/3D graphics, video, sound and textual components with multi-touch interaction using large high-resolution display surfaces.

Media department students will also be encouraged to explore the software and its functionality.

Students will use existing Emotional window platform to explore interactions and sound visualizations in real time and give feedback on concept, user interface, usability and the content of the platform.


Students will learn by real time experience in multi touch environment and their Problem-Based- Learning will be guided by lectures and feedbacks during process. Students will be divided into teams of 2-4 students from mixed backgrounds. Each team will be guided throughout the course by the teaching staff. Feedback will be given to the teams each day after and during the team’s presentations. The evaluation will lead students into next day’s tasks and will help them refine their goals, work and focus.

Assessment methods and criteria:

The development of the real time based learning will be monitored and checked daily by short presentations from teams of their outcomes. Carefully guided throughout the process, these presentation-points will be used to determine the teams’ next step of the process.

Project includes different stages, such as exploration and design and artistic research, as well as concept visualizations, using software modification as the background of multi-touch interactions.

The assessment is based on active participation (50%), presentations (10%), and final teamwork evaluation (40%).

Study material / Recommended Reading:

Ekman P., 2007. Emotions Revealed, Second Edition: Recognizing Faces and Feelings to Improve Communication and Emotional Life. Owl Books: New York.

Ali Yuksel, K., Buyukbas, S. & Ayiter, E., 2012. An Interface for Emotional Expression in Audio-Visuals. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Ann Arbor, MI. Available at: http://www.eecs.umich.edu/nime2012/Proceedings/papers/60_Final_Manuscript.pdf [Accessed February 21, 2013].

Correia, N.N., 2013. Interactive Audiovisual Objects. Doctoral thesis. Helsinki: Aalto ARTS Books. Available at: https://www.taik.fi/kirjakauppa/product_info.php?cPath=26&products_id=269&language=en [Accessed June 8, 2013].


It is recommended that Bachelor level studies have been completed.

MediaTech students:
– Working HTML5 + JavaScript knowledge
(recommended courses:T-111.2400/T-111.2350, T-111.1100).

Graphic design students:
– Adobe Suite
(No computing and web / multi-touch technologies knowledge needed.)

Grading scale:

Language of instruction:

Application registration:
From practical reasons number of students is limited to 16. Students from Media dept. and Media Technology have priority to participate. We are looking forward to team up 50/50% from each department. The selection will be based on availability.

Further information about the course

Jari Kleimola
Aalto University, School of Science,
Department of Media Technology


Sasa Kerkos,
Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department of Media