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Heikki Ailisto

Current position at VTT

Research Professor in Mobile Interaction Technology.
Leader of VTT spearhead programme Open Smart Spaces
Research coordinator of ubiquitous and social computing as well as sensor networks

Research background and current research topics

Responsible for VTT Spearhead programme on ubiquitous computing and smart spaces, Open Smart Spaces.
Leader of VTT’s strategic research programme Digital World 2006-2008.
Currently, professor Ailisto's research interests include ubiquitous computing and enabling technologies for new user interaction methods, context awareness, and biometrics.
Ailisto's earlier research topics include machine vision, especially CAD based 3D vision, on which he made his PhD thesis.
Authored and co-authored more than 90 journal and conference papers on ubiquitous computing, technology for novel user interaction methods, mobile interaction, biometrics as well as on computer vision and pattern recognition.

Current major research projects at VTT

Leader of VTT spearhead programme Open Smart Spaces 2009 - .
Research coordinator of ubiquitous and social computing, and sensor networks since 1.1.2008.


Doctor of Technology 1997 (University of Oulu), Licentiate 1987, MSc(EE) 1984.
eMBA studies 2008- , graduation expected 2010.

Work history

Research professor at VTT since 2001
Group manager, Computer Vision 1995 – 1999.
Senior Research Scientist, 1992 - 2001
Research Scientist at VTT 1986 – 1992
Research Assistant and Researcher at University of Oulu 1984-86.
Trainee in telecom and electric utility companies 1980 -83.

Positions of trust and professional assignments

Docent, University of Oulu, Department of Information Processing Science, since 1.5.2007.
Member of the steering board of Ubiquitous Computing research programme of TEKES (the national research funding organisation) 2007 -.
External expert in ITEA Roadmap preparation in 2004 and 2008.
Program committee member in international and national conferences on ubiquitous computing and pattern recognition. Reviewed papers for IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, Int. Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence, Pervasive and Ubiquitous computing, International Journal on Computer Science and Information Technology (IJCSIT), Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics and Optical Engineering. Member of program committee or reviewer in conferences and workshops including 3DIM99, Int. Conf on 3-D Digital Imaging and Modelling, 3DIM2003, CAPS2005, Mobile User Improved Interaction - MUI^2, ACVIT-07, MediaWin2007, PET 2007, Int. Conference on Information Systems 2008, NFC Conference 2009, Interact 2009. Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Pervasive 2010.
Member of IEEE, ACM, Finnish Pattern Recognition Society and SPIE.

Selected publications (peer reviewed or patents, max 5, link to JURE)

Experiences from interaction design for NFC applications. Ailisto, Heikki; Isomursu, Minna; Tuikka, Tuomo; Häikiö, Juha, Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments. Vol. 1 (2009) No: 4, 351 - 364

Physical browsing with NFC technology. Ailisto, Heikki; Matinmikko, Tapio; Häikiö, Juha; Ylisaukko-oja, Arto; Strömmer, Esko; Hillukkala, Mika; Wallin, Arto; Siira, Erkki; Pöyry, Aki; Törmänen, Vili; Huomo, Tua; Tuikka, Tuomo; Leskinen, Sonja; Salonen, Jarno. 2007. VTT, Espoo . 70 p. VTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes : 2400.

Bridging the physical and virtual worlds by local connectivity-based physical selection. Ailisto, Heikki; Pohjanheimo, Lauri; Välkkynen, Pasi; Strömmer, Esko; Tuomisto, Timo; Korhonen, Ilkka, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing. Vol. 10 (2006) No: 6, 333 – 344.

Identifying people from gait pattern with accelerometers, Ailisto, Heikki; Lindholm, Mikko; Mäntyjärvi, Jani; Vildjiounaite, Elena; Mäkelä, Satu-Marja ,Proceedings of SPIE. Vol. 5779. Biometric Technology for Human Identification II. Anil K. Jain & Nalini K. Ratha (Eds.). SPIE (2005), 7 – 14.

Ubicom applications and technologies. Ailisto, Heikki; Kotila, Aija; Strömmer, Esko. 2003. VTT Electronics, Espoo. 54 p.
VTT Tiedotteita - Research Notes : 2201.

Heikki Ailisto's s publications in VTT Publications Register

Additional information

Heikki Ailisto
Research Professor, Mobile Interaction Technology
+358 20 722 2233

Additional information

Heikki Ailisto
Research Professor, Mobile Interaction Technology
+358 20 722 2233